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The Persistence of Whitewashing | The New Republic
"DENMARK VESEY’S GARDEN: SLAVERY AND MEMORY IN THE CRADLE OF THE CONFEDERACY by Ethan J. Kytle and Blain RobertsThe New Press, 464 pp., $28.99"
book  review  american-studies  america  history  race  slavery  memory 
may 2018 by tsuomela
The Invention of the “White Working Class” | Public Books
Review of 6 books on the concept of the White Working Class (WWC). What makes us accept the WWC as authentic, or the bedrock of America?
books  review  class  american-studies  poverty  whiteness  race  authenticity 
february 2018 by tsuomela
Not Tragedy, but Atrocity – Guernica
Essay on the Algiers Hotel incident, the source material for Detroit, a film by Katherine Bigelow.
history  1960s  racism  race  american-studies 
august 2017 by tsuomela
How Fast Food Chains Supersized Inequality | New Republic
"Supersizing Urban America: How Inner Cities Got Fast Food With Government Help by Chin JouUniversity of Chicago Press, 248 pp., $25.00"
book  review  race  america  food  health  government  market-failure 
august 2017 by tsuomela
The PC Debate, Sullied | Chris Lehmann
Responding to Charles Murray Middlebury protest and the reaction of Andrew Sullivan in NYMag.
political-correctness  intersectionality  race  theory  libertarian  critique 
march 2017 by tsuomela
www.kickstarter.com
"On the ugly fringes of the Internet lurks the future of far-right jerks. They are called “neoreactionaries” or, more fancifully, the “Dark Enlightenment,” a term coined by Nick Land, an expatriate British exacademic philosopher cyberpunk horror writer whose unexpected turn towards far-right politics electrified a bunch of people on Reddit. He was inspired by the works of Mencius Moldbug, a pseudonymous blogger famed for calling for Steve Jobs to be made king of California and tasked with maximizing profit for the state, and also for claiming that black people make good slaves. Moldbug is more usually known as Curtis Yarvin, a Bay Area software engineer who got his start as a writer in the comment section of Overcoming Bias, a transhumanist blog featuring, among others, the work of Eliezer Yudkowsky, a crank AI scholar who thinks preventing his ideas for sci-fi novels from becoming reality is more important than preventing malaria, and who freaked out once when a computer program from the future threatened to hurt him. The confluence of these facts may or may not be the doom of humanity. And just wait til we work in Thomas Ligotti, Alan Turing, William Blake, Frantz Fanon, China Miéville, and Hannibal Lecter. Neoreaction a Basilisk is a work of theoretical philosophy about the tentacled computer gods at the end of the universe. It is a horror novel written in the form of a lengthy Internet comment. A savage journey to the heart of the present eschaton. A Dear John letter to western civilization written from the garden of madman philosophers. A textual labyrinth winding towards a monster that I promise will not turn out to be ourselves all along or any crap like that. "
book  kickstarter  politics  neo-reactionary  alt-right  race  philosophy  criticism 
september 2016 by tsuomela
Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America, Fourth Edition, By Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, 9781442220560 | Rowman & Littlefield
"Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s acclaimed Racism without Racists documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. This provocative book explodes the belief that America is now a color-blind society. The fourth edition adds a chapter on what Bonilla-Silva calls "the new racism," which provides the essential foundation to explore issues of race and ethnicity in more depth. This edition also updates Bonilla-Silva’s assessment of race in America after President Barack Obama’s re-election. Obama’s presidency, Bonilla-Silva argues, does not represent a sea change in race relations, but rather embodies disturbing racial trends of the past. In this fourth edition, Racism without Racists will continue to challenge readers and stimulate discussion about the state of race in America today"
book  publisher  race  racism  rhetoric  american 
september 2016 by tsuomela
Explaining Nationalist Political Views: The Case of Donald Trump by Jonathan T. Rothwell :: SSRN
"The 2016 US presidential nominee Donald Trump has broken with the policies of previous Republican Party presidents on trade, immigration, and war, in favor of a more nationalist and populist platform. Using detailed Gallup survey data for a large number of American adults, I analyze the individual and geographic factors that predict a higher probability of viewing Trump favorably and contrast the results with those found for other candidates. The results show mixed evidence that economic distress has motivated Trump support. His supporters are less educated and more likely to work in blue collar occupations, but they earn relative high household incomes, and living in areas more exposed to trade or immigration does not increase Trump support. There is stronger evidence that racial isolation and less strictly economic measures of social status, namely health and intergenerational mobility, are robustly predictive of more favorable views toward Trump, and these factors predict support for him but not other Republican presidential candidates."
politics  america  campaign  2016  race  privilege  resentment  power  demography  economics  polling 
august 2016 by tsuomela
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