“That Conversation about Race” category archive
It occurred to me yesterday that so many persons who are white like me are hostile to any remembrance of Juneteenth because it emphasizes what precisely was the cause that was lost in what has mythologized as the Lost Cause.
To put it another way, celebrating, or even recognizing, Juneteenth calls out the lie that the Civil War was about anything other than chattel slavery.
Racism is not just overt. It’s also covert. And this is about as covert as it gets.
Honest to Pete, he should know better.
But, clearly, he doesn’t.
Thom explains the true origins of the Second Amendment to a caller.
The Second Amendment was all about slave patrols. Any other explanation is, shall we say, ahistorical.
At the Washington Monthly, Paul Finkelman argues that Florida Governor DeSantis and his “Don’t Say Gay” law stand squarely in the middle of a long tradition of suppressing speech in the American South, a tradition which, like so many of the negative aspects of our society, ultimately reaches back to racism and slavery.
Follow the link for his reasoning.
Florida Man wants to resurrect Pravda with a Southern accent.
The blatant obviousness of it does rather take one aback, does it not?
Farron points out, “You gotta pay attention the follow through.”
He has a point. Too often in the haste to chase breaking news, neither the media nor its audience and readers pay attention to the rest of the story.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Sara Gorman and Jack M. Gorman take a look at what might make persons receptive to conspiracy theories. It’s a particularly worthwhile read at this juncture. A snippet (emphasis added):
Especially recently, the tie between conspiracy theories and extremist political and social beliefs is undeniable. QAnon, with its very clear white supremacist undertones, is a good example of this. The beliefs spouted by “Q” and his or her followers are particularly “moralist” in nature, suggesting that the “enemy” is unthinkably evil. This enemy is not only the opposite political party but also very often any group that might be maligned by Q’s followers, including Black people, immigrants, and Jews. After being marginalized from politics for so long, the alt-right, neo-Nazis, and neo-Fascists certainly saw the value of QAnon to help them shoulder their way back into the political mainstream, and they were often successful.
Follow the link for the authors’ theories about what makes some persons predisposed to drink this poisonous pilsner.
Clyde W. Ford points out that there’s nothing new about “replacement theory.”
The flaw is that equality is not “replacement” in any way. Nobody is being “replaced.”
At the Houston Chronicle, Jeffrey Littlejohn opens a photo album and sees the history that Governors Abbot and DiSantis and their dupes, symps, and fellow travelers don’t want taught in schools.
Not long ago, the bus carrying the women’s lacrosse team from Delaware State University, an HBCU, was pulled over for a minor traffic offense by the Liberty County, Georgia, sheriff’s department, then the team’s luggage and belongings were searched with drug-sniffing dogs.
The sheriff’s office maintains that racial profiling was in no way a factor. (Also, pigs. Wings.)
New Jersey Advance Media’s Ande Richards spoke to one of the members of the Lacrosse team about her experience.
On the body camera footage of the stop, a deputy says he stopped the commercial bus because the driver passed a vehicle in the left-hand lane. Trucks aren’t allowed in that lane. Then, he clearly explains why the girls’ belongings were searched. “Bunch of dang schoolgirls on the bus … probably some weed.”
Kelly Harris, the director of Africana Studies at Seton Hall University, said this case exemplifies an instance where the police could be telling the truth and are wrong at the same time.
“They could have pulled the bus over for a routine incident. However, because racism is so entrenched in our society, treating Black suspects differently has been normalized — to the point that many police do not recognize their shortcomings,” he said.