Mark Naison: What makes “whiteness” a legitimate field of study is that throughout American history, huge advantages were given to people who were defined as “white”- but the definitions of who was “white” changed over time
Cheryl Dorsey: The notion that “hand-hiding” reasonably causes “fear” is ridiculous; that refusing to exit a car justifies the use of a taser, or displaying your driver’s license — for god’s sake — when asked results in your being shot several times.
Scot Nakagawa: Wednesday, Bill O’Reilly took us from the No Spin Zone to the make-your-head-spin zone in his rant, “The Truth About White Privilege.” And what was O’Reilly’s “truth?” That white privilege is a myth, the proof of which lies in the experience of Asian Americans.
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.
Sikivu Hutchinson: In the recent swirl of epic violence, mayhem and gun-besotted hysteria that has become the lifeblood of corporate media no one is asking about the problem of white families.
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.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Sterling’s racist references to shiftless black untouchables are simply yet another snapshot of how caste, ethnicity and the bootstraps mythology play out in “post-racial” America.
Mark Naison: For me, anti-racism was something I wanted to live in real time and space with real people, not just pursued as an abstract principle, and I wanted my anti-racism to connect me to Black people rather than separate me from them.
Justice is supposed to be color blind, especially in America. But is this really true? Blacks in the U.S. face overwhelming prejudice within the criminal justice system.
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.
White Privilege in America: The privilege of having white skin is that I will be treated as any person should be treated: with respect.
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.