“That Conversation about Race” category archive
Badtux has a theory about the Supreme Court’s radical disregard of precedent in the two big decisions rendered last week.
Frankly, I don’t think that much planning went into those decisions. I think the
conservatives right-wing radicals on the Court were taking advantage of opportunities as they came along. But, as regard the long-term results, I think that Badtux may well be onto something.
We are a failing state.
It occurred to me yesterday that so many persons who are white like me are hostile to any remembrance of Juneteenth because it emphasizes what precisely was the cause that was lost in what has mythologized as the Lost Cause.
To put it another way, celebrating, or even recognizing, Juneteenth calls out the lie that the Civil War was about anything other than chattel slavery.
Racism is not just overt. It’s also covert. And this is about as covert as it gets.
Honest to Pete, he should know better.
But, clearly, he doesn’t.
Thom explains the true origins of the Second Amendment to a caller.
The Second Amendment was all about slave patrols. Any other explanation is, shall we say, ahistorical.
At the Washington Monthly, Paul Finkelman argues that Florida Governor DeSantis and his “Don’t Say Gay” law stand squarely in the middle of a long tradition of suppressing speech in the American South, a tradition which, like so many of the negative aspects of our society, ultimately reaches back to racism and slavery.
Follow the link for his reasoning.
Florida Man wants to resurrect Pravda with a Southern accent.
The blatant obviousness of it does rather take one aback, does it not?
Farron points out, “You gotta pay attention the follow through.”
He has a point. Too often in the haste to chase breaking news, neither the media nor its audience and readers pay attention to the rest of the story.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Sara Gorman and Jack M. Gorman take a look at what might make persons receptive to conspiracy theories. It’s a particularly worthwhile read at this juncture. A snippet (emphasis added):
Especially recently, the tie between conspiracy theories and extremist political and social beliefs is undeniable. QAnon, with its very clear white supremacist undertones, is a good example of this. The beliefs spouted by “Q” and his or her followers are particularly “moralist” in nature, suggesting that the “enemy” is unthinkably evil. This enemy is not only the opposite political party but also very often any group that might be maligned by Q’s followers, including Black people, immigrants, and Jews. After being marginalized from politics for so long, the alt-right, neo-Nazis, and neo-Fascists certainly saw the value of QAnon to help them shoulder their way back into the political mainstream, and they were often successful.
Follow the link for the authors’ theories about what makes some persons predisposed to drink this poisonous pilsner.