“That Conversation about Race” category archive
At the Des Moines Register, Walter Suza explores the reality and effects of racial separation in the United States, citing events from his own life as a black American, and suggest that there are none so blind as those who will not look. A nugget; follow the link for his larger argument.
Those who deny that systemic racism exists have probably lived largely in a segregated white world.
Nancy LeTourneau explores Donald Trump’s intent to deny the reality of racism as part of America’s past.
It is worth remark how the “Lost Cause” keeps getting found again.
At Psychology Today Blogs, H. Colleen Sinclair explores why good people do nothing in the face of bad people doing bad things.
Please just read it, because I fear what I might say were I to write more.
It is difficult for citizens to respect law enforcers when the law enforcers do not respect either citizens or the law. Just sayin’.
In The Roanoke Times, an old white man (I can identify) tells of his journey to discover the lie of the myth of the Lost Cause which he absorbed during his upbringing. It is a powerful piece; here’s a bit:
Now 60 years later I understand that the Confederacy lost the war but won the peace. Those white people terrorized Black people, stifling their efforts to participate in American democracy, and promulgated myths about the Confederacy effectively hiding the real nature of their policies fomenting white supremacy. How their statues and monuments did rise above to shadow the truth! Remember the Alamo? I read “The Half Has Never Been Told” . . . to learn that yes, Santa Ana was a dictator and that yes, he did ‘invade’ Texas, but this was to prevent Southern whites from establishing a slave-based cotton economy. Mexico, it turns out, had outlawed slavery 20 years earlier.
Robin Abcarian looks at the mental contortions that (mostly white) persons put themselves through
to deny reality sitting right before their eyes to justify unjustifiable police shootings of black persons, mostly young men.
And look at it this way: No one should have put a knee on Floyd’s neck in the first place. No one should have shot Blake in the back. No one should have barged into Taylor’s home unannounced.
And, by the way, how is it OK for a 17-year-old white kid to freely roam the streets of Kenosha with an AR-15-style rifle — that he later uses to kill two people while police look on — but a Black man with a knife in his car is considered a threat to a cop standing behind him?
A recurring phenomenon during the Black Lives Matter protests has been the appearance of white supremacists and other far-right agitators at otherwise generally peaceful protests in order to foment violence.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Rosemary Sword and Philip Zimbardo explore the minds and motivations of white supremacists. They start by citing an interview with former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official Elizabeth Neumann, then go on to delve what motivates the embrace white supremacy and that embrace affects the behavior of the embracers.
It ain’t pretty.
Here’s a bit about the Neumann interview; follow the link for the rest of the discussion.
Nuemann believes the U.S. has become an “exporter of the (white supremacy) movement…On the world stage, they are coming to the U.S. and asking something to be done. But the president won’t call it out. He uses (the term) ‘domestic terrorism’ for Antifa but not the white supremacy movement. Historically lethal violent encounters happen with the white nationalists’ movement.”
Neumann states further, “White supremacy groups are emboldened by the refusal (of the president and vice-president) to condemn them. The extreme fringe on the right believes the country should be white and controlled by white men…As recruitment occurs, there’s more violence; which we’ve seen the last three years.”