“That Conversation about Race” category archive
If you wonder why there’s so much fuss over critical race theory, which nobody outside of academia had heard of until a couple of months ago, the answer is simple.
To paraphrase Jack Nicholson, “They can’t handle the truth,” so they want to look away, look away, look away, to Dixieland.
And it’s not just Texas, folks.
. . . where you can be labeled “disruptive” while you are fast asleep.
Rich white folks want their money back from a Catholic school because it exercised what was once known as “Christian charity.” (The plaintiffs say that they want only a return to traditional Catholic values, which, I guess in their view, do not include awareness of injustice, hate, and bigotry.)
Here’s a bit of the news story; follow the link for the rest (emphasis added).
Then, as she marked up the 45-page filing by philanthropists Anthony and Barbara Scarpo against Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa, she decided someone needed to respond.
The suit, filed June 26, alleged that her old school had “become woke” by focusing too much on diversity and equity, and had strayed from Catholic teaching. The Scarpos demanded refunds of donations and tuition. They said the academy should stop billing itself as a Catholic institution.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
At the Idaho State Journal, Billie Johnson muses on the recent removal of statues, some Confederate, some not. She concludes
Follow the link to see how she reached that conclusion.
The page at the link appears to have been removed without explanation. Which is a damned shame, as it was an excellent article.
F. T. Rea remembers the whitewashing (you will pardon the expression) of Southern history.
The editors of The Roanoke Times paired this image with a column by Leonard Pitts, Jr., who points out that
For the record: critical race theory originated more than 30 years ago among legal scholars; it holds that race is a social — not a scientific — construct and offers a framework for understanding the role of systemic racism in the law and in legal institutions. It is taught, if at all, in law school — not high school.
So how did it become this sudden four-alarm fire in the house of democracy? The answer is depressingly simple. It is this year’s War on Christmas. It’s sharia law, gay wedding cake, and New Black Panthers. Which is to say, it is this year’s spur by which the white right, more easily stampeded than a herd of cattle by a lightning strike, is prodded to feel resentful, frightened and besieged — and vote accordingly.
Follow the link for the rest.
Dan Patrice suggests that renting out the National Guard to the highest bidder is not a good thing. A snippet (emphasis added):
. . . Noem (South Dakota’s governor–ed.) originally declared that she was sending “up to 50” guardsfolk to Texas on her own authority to respond to a request from the governor of Texas all on the dime of a Republican megadonor. If privately funded commandeering of the armed forces to enforce Tucker Carlson’s fever dreams sounds like a dystopian nightmare, then you are paying the appropriate amount of attention.
Follow the link for context.
Sam, Emma, and Howard University Professor Carol Anderson discuss the true origins of the Second Amendment to the U. S. Constitution.
When I was in college, I worked a summer job with my local health department for three years. The health department’s facility had two men’s rooms, two women’s rooms, and two water fountains. It took me a while to realize that they were legacies of Jim Crow–that, at one point, they had been labeled “White” and “Colored.”
Later on, I remember my father’s saying to me shortly before he passed away, “I’m glad those days are gone,” in a clear reference to the Jim Crow segregation that both he and I grew up in.
But those days are not gone. merely in uneasy abeyance, and there are many that would bring them back.