“That Conversation about Race” category archive
Arnie D. Fielkow and Tracie Washington, writing at NOLA.com, have a history of political disagreements. However, writing at NOLA.com, they report that there is one thing on which they do agree. Two snippets:
Never in our lifetimes have we experienced the level of hate, anger and hostility over our politics, economy, foreign policy, and even the meaning of democracy. Incidents of antisemitism, racism and bigotry are at frightening levels, and legitimate questions are being raised regarding what America is and really stands for. Respectful discourse has almost become a relic of the past and many are afraid — with good reason — to even express personal views.
Clearly, the actions and dog-whistles of certain political leadership have empowered and legitimized bigots. Most thought neo-Nazis and the KKK were in the past, but frighteningly they have publicly re-emerged with new allies from QAnon, the Proud Boys, and others. Who would have ever thought that our nation’s Capitol would be attacked or, maybe worse, that some would try to justify one of the worst days in US history? Is this really the America we all want?
Meanwhile, Will Bunch offers a theory as to the underlying cause; follow the link for his complete essay:
The antisemiti, the homophobia, the violence … this isn’t the American right flexing its muscles out of strength. Quite the opposite. The forces of 400 years of white supremacy culture are like a wounded bear right now — lashing out, and extremely dangerous because its proponents know they are a seriously endangered species.
AL.com’s Cameron Smith explores the lie that will not die, the myth of the noble “lost cause.” Here’s a bit; follow the link for the rest.
After the Civil War, the Union had accomplished its objective. Yet the South struggled to let go of the “holy’’ war it had spawned. The delusions of righteous grandeur explain why “Lost Cause” mythology and romanticized notions of the Antebellum South live on. They’re far less painful than tracing our lineage to those who were either deceived into or directly waged an unnecessary war to maintain an atrocious institution.
At the San Fransisco Chronicle, Lorena Gonzalez looks at how Elon Musk’s arbitrary, capricious, and erratic (mis)treatment of employees at Twitter, then at his track record as an employer, and concludes, “No surprises here.”
Jean Guerrero rips the hood off those who claim to be “colorblind” as they campaign against affirmative action. Here’s a tiny bit from the article (emphasis added):
But those same activists who’ve stoked the flames of antagonism toward affirmative action have close ties to the architects of this country’s metastasizing white nationalist movement. These links reveal the activists’ ultimate agenda, which has nothing to do with ending racism.
Follow the link for the evidence.
The writer of a letter to the editor of The Roanoke Times calls him out some whataboutism.
In looking at the results of Arizona’s elections, the Arizona Republic’s Laurie Roberts identifies the real groowmers. A snippet:
I have had neighbors who worked the polls on election day.
It’s a grueling long day that starts before dawn and doesn’t end until the votes are counted.
They did it because they cared about the country and they cared about democracy, and they tried to do it right. If they are paid at all, the pay is de minimis.
They certainly don’t deserve to be reviled and abused by a bunch of whiny sore losers whose ultimate motivations, when you dig through the layers of gibberish and obfuscation, are racism and bigotry and hatred.
At Above the Law, Liz Dye digs into a Federal Judge’s ruling that FLorida’s “Anti-Woke” law violates the U. S. Constitution. She quotes a bit from the decision (emphasis added):
To confront certain viewpoints that offend the powers that be, the State of Florida passed the so-called “Stop W.O.K.E.” Act2 in 2022—redubbed (in line with the State’s doublespeak) the “Individual Freedom Act.” The law officially bans professors from expressing disfavored viewpoints in university classrooms while permitting unfettered expression of the opposite viewpoints. Defendants argue that, under this Act, professors enjoy “academic freedom” so long as they express only those viewpoints of which the State approves. This is positively dystopian.
Follow the link for the rest.
. . . and now they’re phoning it in.they’re phoning it in.they’re phoning it in.
. . . and they’re mailing it in.
Darryl Lelie, the owner of Seafood Kingz on City Island (in the Bronx–ed.) said he’s been trying to track down the person responsible for placing this unsettling cartoon depicting racial stereotypes in his mailbox last week.
At least three businesses here (The Bronx–ed.) including Archie’s tap and table and Caliente’s seafood – another black owned business – were allegedly targeted.
The story goes on to say that, for all practical purposes, that particular neighborhood used to be a sundown town.
Robert Reich is less than impressed by the track record of
Supreme Supremacist Court Chief Justice John Roberts. A nugget: