“That Conversation about Race” category archive
At the Orlando Sentinel, Ediberto Roman and Joshua Killingsworth remind us not to forget about Donald Trump’s Republican Family Values.
At the Des Moines Register, Reka Basu recounts tales of the enforcers. Here’s a tiny bit:
“Nobody was doing anything remotely provocative,” said Ahlgren (who was present as a “protest medic”–ed.), who moves around the country as a political organizer. “I was running and treating people. According to my Fitbit, I was running 45 minutes. People were hit by mace gel. It’s the worst. It permeates fabric and has a more lasting effect. It’s a thicker consistency and stings the skin more, and can cause burns and blistering.”
Ahlgren’s own injuries still had him in a knee brace five days later: He twisted an ankle and burst veins in his shins and right palm from falling onto concrete. . . .
“The cops were showing no mercy. They were literally chasing us on foot,” he said. “A few of us fell, and they (police) started yelling, ‘You bastards better run or you’ll get it worse!’”
Asked why he thinks he was spared arrest, Ahlgren said simply: “I’m white.”
Just read it. I guarantee it will ruin your evening.
At the Bangor Daily News, historian and pastor the Rev. J. Mark Worth shreds the long-standing Southern propaganda effort to protray secession as somehow a noble and worthy cause. He points out that there are not statues to Benedict Arnold ans asks why we have monuments to Confederate generals.
Here’s a bit of his answer (emphasis added):
The answer lies in the myth of the “ Lost Cause,” a pseudo-historical ideology that claims the Confederate cause was a just and noble one. Central to the Lost Cause myth is the idea that the South was fighting to preserve states’ rights and Southern culture against Northern aggression, not to defend slavery.
Did Southerners also want states’ rights? Yes, when it meant their right to enslave other human beings. But they opposed states rights when Northern states didn’t want to return black people to enslavement in the South.
David suggests that, in the face of falling polls, Donald Trump is doubling down on racism, hate speech, and lies in what David contends is a culture war. I think is point is worth consideration.
My two or three regular readers have likely noticed that I pay almost no attention to polls and polling data. I decided long ago not to waste these electrons on polls. It’s difficult enough to understand the past. I’m not even going to try to predict the future.
This, however, is not about prediction; it’s about how the perception of the polls is affecting what’s happening now.
In a timely post at Psychology Today Blogs, Melissa Burkley explores why persons can recognize racist acts in others, but not in themselves. Here’s a bit from her introduction.
Nearly every person who was publicly caught committing a racist act—from Paula Deen, Madonna, Paris Hilton and Tim Allen, to the recent case of Amy Cooper in Central Park—claims “I’m not a racist.” And yet to all of us watching, their behavior clearly suggests they are. Whenever such an instance occurs, the question I always have is this: Are these people lying to us (meaning they know they are racist and don’t want to admit it) or are they lying to themselves?
Determined to find an answer to this question, my graduate student Angela Bell and I designed a series of experiments.
Follow the link to learn more about the experiments and the conclusions the researchers drew from them.
They just can’t help revealing themselves, now, can they?
I concluded some years ago that, so as to legitimize slavery and their treatment of slaves and to convince themselves that they were somehow members of a noble class, American slaveholders (and their dupes, symps, and fellow travelers, plus the descendants thereof), view(ed) slaves and their descendants as less than people, perhaps even as livestock.
Field thinks not. Here’s a bit from his article:
If the NFL really wants to contribute to the fight for equality they will stop giving lip service to the Rooney Rule*, and start taking serious steps to make sure that people of color are given a chance to be head coaches and general managers in a league that is seventy percent black. They can also do a little soul searching and come to grips with why they black balled Colin Kaepernick and ran him out of the league. The same for all these corporations who have all of sudden found a conscience.
Honestly, when it comes to all of these “gestures” of goodwill from corporations and organizations, I take the Missouri position. You have to show me. Talk is cheap, and it will get you to the next news cycle after America’s woke moment is over.