John Peeler: If you believe that this country was great back when it was for white folks and blacks knew their place, black lives don’t matter.
The articles in this category deal with Institutional racism. It is here that you find discussions about the kind of racism that continues to operate relentlessly on its own, like a machine, in spite of the intentions of people of good will. De facto racism, silent racism, covert racism, microaggresive behavior, implicit bias, there are lots of names for what we continue to battle in the United States - racially based unearned advantages and disadvantages. We encourage readers to join the conversation. Please peruse the articles and comment. You're sure to find lots of differenct perspectives.
Steve Hochstadt: Donald Trump began his campaign by insulting Mexicans and promising to ban Muslims. He is leading the reversal of American openness and a return to our earlier racially-based immigration.
WJ Astore: The idea of the races of man and the “scientific” ordering of the same was debunked a century ago, yet it’s back with a vengeance in much of the U.S.
Lance Simmens: One-party government where party power takes precedence and prominence over nation building, both from a societal and a physical infrastructure perspective, has overtaken our collective consciousness.
Wes Barnard: I was delighted to see so many fair-minded White Americans get off their asses and actually go to the border and protest the insanity of this evil government.
Berry Craig: Trump counted on whites to translate “Make America Great Again” as “Make America White Again.” He ran the most overtly racist presidential campaign since George Wallace’s 50 years ago.
Greg Cusack: We need to develop a shrill and piercing anti-dog whistle that any of us can sound when the call to resume the racist dances sounds again, as it always will until this poison is excised from our midst.
Julianne Malveaux: I’m not ever, ever, ever going to excuse sexual perfidy (and more) in the workplace, but I do wonder why we can wink, nod, and grin about racial workplace misbehavior while we stand our ground about gender. I wonder why so many say ‘just kidding’ or ‘didn’t know’ when they are racially insensitive, and nobody calls it, but they are willing to call it on gender.
Berry Craig: Conservative politicians beyond the old Confederacy embraced “right to work” because the laws “divide everybody at the work site. ‘Right to work’ was an ingenious concept to break down union solidarity.”
Wade Kyle: Now, in America, if I walk by a group of people and someone yells “dangerous”, the last thing I’d do is have a conversation with them.
John Peeler: The reader cannot avoid the conclusion that racism has been fundamental to White culture from the very beginning of American history, with deep roots in Europe.
A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein e take it for granted today that the persistence of disparities and segregation between whites and blacks in America is the result of persistent white prejudice, perhaps combined with other factors such as a supposed “culture of poverty.” We take it for granted that […]
Lance Simmens: Where racism exists, violence inevitably follows, with Charlottesville being only the latest sorry chapter in a continuing narrative that highlights its ugly persistence.