August, 2017 archive
Redacted Tonight’s Natalie McGill lampoons corporations’ “corporate responsibility theatrics.”
In a thoughtful piece in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Jennifer Nelson muses on how she has benefited from white privilege throughout her life. Here’s a bit:
In 1975, when I was a teenager coping with undiagnosed mental illness, I took to alcohol. During three months that summer, I was picked up by police officers no less than four times for underage consumption and public intoxication. Each time, I was returned to an empty house in my white, middle-class suburban neighborhood and let off with a warning about the consequences of continued “bad” behavior. Would that have happened if my family had been black and lived in an urban neighborhood?
The deceptive thing about privilege is this: If you have it, you are unlikely to notice it, because it just is.
In The Roanoke Times, historian Robert Willingham points out just who, exactly, is guilty of “whitewashing history.” A nugget; follow the link for the rest:
*The statues were erected during the beginning of the Jim Crow era, roughly about a century ago.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Alice LoCicero explores reasons why “good kids” may be susceptible to appeals to join white supremacist groups. She theorizes that a misguided, even misappropriated, sense of justice may form part of the equation. An excerpt:
. . . the stories of kids recruited to violent groups of many kinds, in many parts of the world, have parallels. The stories are best understood as problematic expressions of normal development—in many cases the problems that begin the derailment of normal adolescent development are entrenched social problems—problems that cause economic and social inequality on a massive scale. When young people with a personal sense that their families and communities are not being given a fair chance, that those families and communities are without a voice, and are without the power to change these unjust circumstances by their own actions, the youth are at risk of being recruited to groups advocating violence for what they wrongly convince the youth is a good cause. .
I’m not sure I buy her theory in toto and her article has a few leaps of logic (not that I necessarily disagree with the gist of what she says, but that the connections are not well-made), but I do think she’s on to something.
It’s only in cartoons that the bad guy twirls his mustache, and says, “What kind of evil shall I do today?” In real life, the baddest bad guy thinks that his actions are somehow justified or, at least, excusable.
In The Des Moines Register, Cameron Carr reminds us that white America has never faced up the the legacy of chattel slavery and the embrace of racism. Here’s a bit of what he says:
Read the rest, then look at this month’s news and dare argue that he’s wrong.
George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax: