John Peeler: Everything about this life works to keep people down and encourages them to blame the government or big corporations for their plight. Most people succumb.
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Scot Nakagawa: I can attest to there being racism everywhere, but my travels have led me to the conclusion that Portland is the most smugly racist major city in the country among the ones I’ve visited, and I’ve been to most.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Neoliberalism and capitalism thrive on and exploit disparities in race, gender, sexual orientation and geography; a fact that has always worked to white America’s advantage.
Tom Hayden: We who were raised on the myths of pluralism and melting pots often have a hard time grasping the persistent growth of a Tea Party that still spouts the very doctrines which we believed were obsolete 50 years ago.
Scot Nakagawa: A growing body of research indicates that an increasing number of whites believe racism continues to plague us, but that whites, not people of color, are the new targets.
Sharon Kyle: even in the face of the most blatant expressions of racism, those who have been caught with the proverbial smoking gun maintain that they are not racists.
Racism: Republicans blow fuses when somebody says the GOP practices dog-whistle politics to pander to white prejudice.
African Homophobia: Denouncing homosexuality is one of the ways these African countries decry perceived neo-colonialism.
Soya Jung — The book, The Triple Package, is rife with American exceptionalism and model minority thinking – the notion that anyone can succeed in America if they just act right, and those who don’t will get what they deserve.
Steve Hochstadt: Until the late 1960s the preferential treatment of whites and men was so normal that questioning it made headlines. That form of white male privilege is gone.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Black feminists are especially rankled by white women’s shopworn white supremacist resistance to even identifying themselves as white.
Jim Hightower: This will be a walled, heavily-fortified, one-square-mile settlement of some 7,000 armed & angry, ideologically-pure, anti-government extremists drawn from cities, towns and gopher holes all across America. Lucky you, Idaho!
Rudy Acuña: My reading of history tells me that American exceptionalism does not respond to reason; it does not respond to facts or appeals to the common good. So I am resigned to wait for the next Sputnik or for an implosion.