At Philly dot com, UPenn Professor John L. Jackson Jr. reacts to the reaction to a recently highly-publicized (because it involved a white member of the Philadelphia Eggles) incident of n-word. A nugget:
For many Americans, if you aren’t donning a white sheet and burning a cross on some black family’s lawn, you can’t really be a racist. Racism is supposed to be a 24/7 preoccupation. Hitler is your hero, and you openly sneer at anyone different from you.
That is certainly one version of what racism looks like, and its adherents are still out there. But racism has never worked exclusively that way, not even during chattel slavery and Jim Crow segregation, though society’s institutional commitments to racial inequality have always been nonstop assaults on black bodies and spirits – and on the very humanity of its white beneficiaries.
The genteel racists are everywhere. One needs only to be willing to see them.
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