“That Conversation about Race” category archive
Trumpling high school football.
As Cheltenham High School’s football team arrived at Quakertown for a Friday night game, witnesses told officials from both schools that some Quakertown fans began to throw rocks at the Cheltenham bus and preceded that with a barrage of vile language. Dr. Wagner Marseille is Cheltenham school superintendent.
“Our cheerleaders and members of our band were insulted, using racial terms– the most divisive racial terms you can use,” Dr. Wagner Marseille said.
Quakertown Superintendent Dr. William Harner is ironically- a Cheltenham grad. He says a dozen middle school students were interviewed and two 8th graders were found to have engaged in the rock throwing and racial slurs.
Via Raw Story.
Paul Krugman discusses how the legacy of slavery still taints the United States, using the Virginia gubernatorial race as a springboard. A snippet (emphasis added):
Here’s how that might happen: Ed Gillespie, the GOP candidate, is trying to pull off an upset by going full-on Trumpist, doing all he can — with assistance from the tweeter in chief — to mobilize the white nationalist vote. He’s accusing Ralph Northam, his Democratic opponent, of dishonoring the state’s Confederate heroes. (Funny how people who accuse their rivals of being unpatriotic worship men who engaged in armed rebellion against the United States.) He’s not only accused Northam of being soft on illegal immigration, but he’s insinuated that this somehow makes him an ally of a violent Central American gang.
As a Virginian who is subjected to Gillespie’s campaign commercials, I can attest that they are truly vile and duplicitous.
Ashley C. Rondini suggests that the right-wing makes up dangers to use the resultant fear as vector to spread their politics of hate. Here’s a bit.
White supremacist political organizing and recruiting practices draw on the interconnected legacies of racism and sexism. The “danger” narrative fuels white vigilante violence — for terrorist organizations like the Ku Klux Klan, and lone mass killers like Dylann Roof, the white man who murdered nine black people as they prayed in a Charleston, S.C., church, telling his victims, “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking our country.”
These ideas should sound familiar for another reason: They now echo from our nation’s highest office as rhetorical strategies President Trump repeatedly returns to, bearing a familiar narrative structure.
Follow the link for the whole thing; it’s worth the three minutes of your time that you will need to read it.
Q. What’s in a name?
The emails were identical except that half appeared to come from a DeShawn Jackson or a Tyrone Washington, names that have been shown to be associated with African-Americans. The other half used names that have been shown to be associated with whites: Greg Walsh and Jake Mueller. The email sent to each local officeholder was determined by chance.
Most inquiries yielded a timely and polite response. But emails with black-sounding names were 13 percent more likely to go unanswered than those with white-sounding names. This difference, which appeared in all regions of the country, was large enough that it was statistically unlikely to have been a matter of mere chance.
Much, much more at the link. Do please read the whole thing.
Republican “fiscal responsibility” is a con for the rubes. Indeed, Republicans are quite happy to waste public money so as to con the rubes.
Leonard Pitts, Jr., notes that there seems no “right way” to protest against discrimination. A snippet (follow the link for the rest):
When there was violence in the streets over unpunished police killings of African-American men, they said that was the wrong way to go about it. Most of us agreed.
But when peaceful street demonstrations took place, conservatives didn’t like them, either. Then, last year, NFL player Colin Kaepernick hit on the idea of sitting through the national anthem.
But conservatives said that was disrespectful to veterans. So Kaepernick started taking a knee instead. Many others followed suit.
Conservatives said that was still wrong . . . .
It’s not the protests that conservatives find distasteful.
It’s the uppity.
Since protest of any kind is inherently uppity, there is no form of protest that conservatives will find acceptable.