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.
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.
john a. powell: This Southern Strategy has now clearly morphed into a national strategy. But what were once coded messages are now explicit, loud, and clear, and are coming from those in the highest positions of political power.
Instead of standing up to the terrorists, Trump has refused to even name the threat. He refused again when he was asked about the violence in Charlottesville and the death of Heather Heyer.
Murray Polner: One of the few outspoken whites, Ole Miss historian James Silver, damned the state as a “closed society—totalitarian, monolithic and corrupt” and eventually left to teach at Notre Dame.
Jaime O’Neill: Since Trump began the arrogant acting out of our most childish fears and fantasies, he’s got literally billions of our fellow residents of this fragile planet either pissed or very nervous, or both.
Kate Harveston: Feelings of racial discrimination can result in low self-esteem, the inability to cope with everyday life and an increase in behavioral problems.
King is what Chester the Cheetah is to Cheetos, a mascot for the right’s anti-immigrant obsession.
James A. Haught: Whites needn’t feel ashamed of their privilege — but they should work hard to ensure that everyone in every ethnic group gets the same benefits.
Sharon Kyle: The question is whether or not a factual statement such as this should or should not be interpreted as divisive. This is where issues of privilege come into play.
Scot Nakagawa: Poor black people continue be miner’s canaries and prophets of destruction, their experiences of oppression and exclusion still the tip of the spear of threats to democracy, the security of our citizenship, the stability and security of our economy.
Erin Aubry Kaplan: Black Lives Matter is related to the deportation question—Republicans will deploy the same troops to quell our protests. That’s scary. We’ll all be targets.
Diane Lefer: We find Quist mouthing platitudes on behalf of a South Carolina town during a racially inflammatory police dragnet even as he himself is profiled by cops and only let go when one recognizes “the boy who writes for the mayor.”
Larry Aubry: Understanding the genesis and continuing reality of Black rage is crucial for developing sustainable alternatives to the intractable second-class status of Black people in this country.