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The Gathering Storm
"Now Trump has said out loud what was already rumbling underneath the surface of 21st century Republican politics. He's normalized a litany of statements and actions that were political verboten, at least from the party's leadership. He has activated the voice of GOP white nationalism, spoken its language out loud and in so doing made it conscious of itself and expanded its ambitions. This seems like a transformative event. Maybe party leaders can stuff the energy of the white nationalist base back within a McCain/Bush/Romney package. I'm sure they will in a limited sense that Ryan and McConnell will remain the party's congressional leaders. But on the broader level, I doubt it."
politics  campaign  republican  race  2016 
august 2016 by tsuomela
Comment - The New Yorker
Toni Morrison in 1998 on Clinton and 'first black American president'
politics  america  republicans  race  right-wing 
february 2016 by tsuomela
How Intellectuals Create a Public - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"A brilliant essay on the creation of publics, a la Dewey, and two examples of liberal reluctance to call upon mass publics - from Cass Sunstein and Ta-Nehisi Coates."
public  intellectual  public-intellectual  politics  activism  race  nudge 
january 2016 by tsuomela
Ta-Nehisi Coates's "Letter to My Son" - The Atlantic
"In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body - it is heritage."
race  racism  essay  body  slavery 
july 2015 by tsuomela
After Appomattox, by Gregory Downs, reviewed.
Book review of After Appomattox: Military occupation and the ends of war by Gregory P. Downs
book  review  civil-war  history  american-studies  race  slavery  19c  occupations  military 
april 2015 by tsuomela
Black Life, Annotated – The New Inquiry
A strong critique of Alice Goffman book riffing on power and surprise.
book  review  sociology  ethnography  race  urban  power 
august 2014 by tsuomela
The Gangster's Guide to Upward Mobility
Malcolm Gladwell discusses the mob and urban/black crime by riffing off of Alice Goffman's book.
book  review  sociology  ethnography  race  urban 
august 2014 by tsuomela
Pew Research death penalty poll: Why whites support capital punishment more than blacks.
"It sounds glib, but if you needed a one-word answer to why whites are so supportive of the death penalty, “racism” isn’t a bad choice."
death-penalty  punishment  crime  america  discrimination  race  history 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Fear of a Black President - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic
"As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of integration.

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president  people(BarackObama)  race  power  racism  america  government 
august 2012 by tsuomela
The Mumpsimus: Game, Life, Class
"By now, you've probably seen John Scalzi's post "Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is" (and perhaps John's amusing commentary on deleted comments and follow-up post in response to some responses).

My post here is simply to point you toward three responses among the many, many, many that the post has drawn. Excerpts are here merely to entice you to read more, not to suggest that they are the only things you need to read from these excellent writers."
race  gender  sex  privilege  power  life 
june 2012 by tsuomela
The source of American punitiveness | Friends of Justice
"The results of this study indicate that Americans tend to view crime through a racial lens. Because of this, crime is often associated with “others” — usually poor people of color. It is this “other” status that keeps many Americans from identifying with and having empathy for those caught up in the criminal justice system. This lack of “empathic identification” contributes to Americans’ support for punitive criminal justice policies."
crime  law  punishment  american  prison  race  sociology 
april 2012 by tsuomela
National Public Rodeo | Business | Vanity Fair
When most people hear “NPR,” they think Cokie Roberts, Nina Totenberg, Robert Siegel, and for some on the far right, all that is wrong with the mainstream liberal media. But beneath the veneer of the "Minnesota nice," a simmering battle has been waged, and in the balance hangs NPR’s future and perhaps even its soul—as either a nonpartisan defender of in-depth journalism or a target of the partisan sniping of the sound-bite era. David Margolick explores how NPR’s management managed to squander the advantages of the national dole, deep-pocketed donors, a roster of top-notch reporters, and the loyalty of legions of devoted Click and Clack fans—and whether it can recover from the annus horribilis of 2011.
media  journalism  race  celebrity  pundits  media-reform  management  controversy  bias  right-wing  public-radio 
january 2012 by tsuomela
www.culturalcognition.net - Cultural Cognition Papers by Date - Culture and Identity-Protective Cognition: Explaining the White Male Effect
"The "white male effect" refers to the until-now unexplained tendency of white males to fear all manner of risk less than women and minorities. Published in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, this paper reports the results of an empirical study finding that that "the white male effect" derives from the tendency of individuals to form risk perceptions protective of identities they enjoy by virtue of cultural norms that feature race- and gender-differentiation in roles relating to putatively dangerous activities."
culture  cognition  social-psychology  optimism  race  gender  psychology  bias 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Still Separate, Still Unequal -- In These Times
Yet, despite these and other meaningful and important advances, nothing in progressive thinking has enough traction when set against the mantras of pluralism and multiculturalism. Progressives have become the chief proponents of cultural diversity and multiculturalism, unwitting participants in a “separate but equal” orientation; we think that by promoting diversity, we are promoting both equality under the law and individual rights. They are not the same thing.
multiculturalism  culture  pluralism  segregation  race  law  constitution  liberal  progressive 
march 2011 by tsuomela
The Philosopher's Stone: TECTONIC SHIFTS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
s a consequence, the term "middle class" was drained of all economic meaning, and came to signify simply "respectable, proper, decent -- NOT BLACK." As a consequence, in the midst of an economic crisis that has already destroyed the economic security of tens of millions of Americans, those who are themselves being worst hit insist on self-identifying themselves as "middle class."...
We are becoming a Banana Republic, with a tiny, obscenely rich upper class, a smaller and smaller professional middle class, a large working class, and a larger and larger mass of those left out of the economic all together. Because of the globalization of production, even in the service industries, there are now tens of millions of Americans who are, in effect, surplus population. They are not needed by capital, not even as a "surplus population of the unemployed" holding down by their existence wages for those employed.
politics  america  race  class  economics  gloom-and-doom  banana-republic 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Compassion - Ta-Nehisi Coates - National - The Atlantic
Chief among them, how does any human being in the 19th century come to endorse mass slaughter for the cause of raising a republic built on slavery?

To answer such a question, it is not enough to understand cause of the Civil War. A debate over the meaning of the Confederate Flag is almost beside the point. You have to remove the cloak of the partisan, and assume the garb of the thespian. Instead of  prosecuting the Confederate perspective, you have to interrogate it, and ultimately assume it. In no small measure, to understand them, you must become them. For me to seriously consider the words of the slave-holder, which is to say the mind of the slave-holder, for me to see them as human beings, as full and as complicated as anyone else I know, a strange transcendence is requested. I am losing my earned, righteous skin. I know that beef is our birthright, that all our grievance is just.  But for want of seeing more, I am compelled to let it go.
race  history  compassion  civil-war  america  slavery 
october 2010 by tsuomela
National Journal Magazine - The Gray And The Brown: The Generational Mismatch
Although cultural disputes often generate the most heat, government budgets are likely to become the central point of conflict between younger minorities and older whites. At the state level, where governors are grappling with persistent deficits, the strains revolve around the choice between raising taxes or cutting spending. At the national level, Congress faces not only that familiar debate but also the competition between investing in education and other programs that benefit children, or spending on those that benefit seniors, primarily Medicare and Social Security.
politics  age  generation  generational-analysis  minorities  race  education  retirement  demography  population  future 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Imagine: Protest, Insurgency and the Workings of White Privilege | Red Room
Protest is only seen as fundamentally American when those who have long had the luxury of seeing themselves as prototypically American engage in it. When the dangerous and dark “other” does so, however, it isn’t viewed as normal or natural, let alone patriotic. Which is why Rush Limbaugh could say, this past week,that the Tea Parties are the first time since the Civil War that ordinary, common Americans stood up for their rights: a statement that erases the normalcy and “American-ness” of blacks in the civil rights struggle, not to mention women in the fight for suffrage and equality, working people in the fight for better working conditions, and LGBT folks as they struggle to be treated as full and equal human beings.
And this, my friends, is what white privilege is all about.
politics  race  racism  white-privilege  america  protests  gun-control  violence  norms  behavior 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Tim Wise's Blog | Red Room
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the U.S.
weblog-individual  race  racism  politics 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Shirley Sherrod and the shame of conservative media - The Week
There will be no apology or statement of regret for distributing a doctored tape to defame and destroy someone. There will be not even a flutter of interest among conservatives in discussing Breitbart’s role. By the morning of July 21, the Fox & Friends morning show could devote a segment to the Sherrod case without so much as a mention of Breitbart’s role. The central fact of the Sherrod story has been edited out of the conservative narrative, just as it was edited out of the tape itself.

When people talk of the "closing of the conservative mind" this is what they mean: not that conservatives are more narrow-minded than other people — everybody can be narrow minded — but that conservatives have a unique capacity to ignore unwelcome fact.
race  racism  obama  scandal  conservative  fox-news  leadership  media 
july 2010 by tsuomela
On Lacking All Conviction - National - The Atlantic
The tone that Obama has set, in regards to race, is to retreat with great velocity in the face of anything that can be defined as "racial." Granted, this has been politically smart. Also granted, Obama has done it with nuance. But it can not be expected that the president's subordinates will share that nuance.
race  racism  obama  scandal  conservative  fox-news  leadership  media 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Up from Slavery - Reason Magazine
Debunking the crypto-nostalgia of some libertarians for the "golden age" of freedom in 19c America.
libertarian  politics  history  america  power  ideology  slavery  nostalgia  19c  race 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Matthew Yglesias » Ethnocentrism and Small Government Hypocrisy
In a general sense, this sort of hypocrisy is well-known, but I think a much deeper understanding of it can be achieved by reading the relevant section of Donald Kinder and Cindy Kam’s excellent recent book Us Against Them: Ethnocentric Foundations of American Opinion. Kinder creates an index of “ethnocentric” attitudes and is able to do statistical studies showing the degree of relationship between ethnocentric attitudes and views on other matters. In particular, among white voters being ethnocentric is associated—independent of self-described ideology and other factors—with decreased support for means-tested welfare
politics  bias  race  government  hypocrisy  political-science  book  review 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Open Left:: A social science approach to global warming denialism--Part 2
The basic idea behind this approach is that individuals tend to form beliefs about societal dangers that reflect and reinforce their visions of the ideal society. I also briefly introduced four specific mechanisms that play a role in shaping those beliefs. My primary source for discussing Cultural Cognition was the 2008 paper, "Cultural Cognition as a Conception of the Cultural Theory of Risk", by Yale law professor Dan M. Kahan.
risk  perception  class  race  power  politics  environment 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Atticus Finch and Southern liberalism : The New Yorker
Did Atticus Finch just substitute class prejudice for racial prejudice?
book  review  race  the-south  history  america  literature  racism  criticism 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Health Care, Race and Political Polarization - Short Stack
Americans' views of political issues and their partisan attachments are being increasingly shaped by gut-level worldviews. On one side of many issues are those who see the world in terms of hierarchy, think about problems in black and white terms, and struggle to tolerate difference. On the other are those who favor independence over hierarchy, shades of gray over black-white distinctions, and diversity over sameness.

We call this dividing line an authoritarian one, and we find that what side of the line people fall on explains their positions on a wide ranging set of issues, including race, immigration, gay rights, civil liberties, and terrorism.
politics  psychology  worldview  hierarchy  conservatism  liberal  race  health-care 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Columnist - Even Glenn Beck Is Right Twice a Day - NYTimes.com
Too many Americans are impatiently waiting for results. It’s hard to argue that the stimulus package reviled by big government-loathers is a success when unemployment continues to rise and most Americans feel none of the incipient “recovery” spotted by Ben Bernanke. The potential dividends to be gained at the end of the protracted health care debate also remain, for now, an abstraction to many who have lost and are continuing to lose their jobs, their savings and their homes.
politics  race  right-wing  about(GlenBeck)  about(BarackObama) 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: American literature has abandoned poor whites
Why did American literature portray poor whites so frequently (Steinbeck, Faulkner, Dos Passos, Caldwell) before WW2 and then abandon the subject after the war?
america  class  literature  inequality  white-trash  poverty  race  history 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Racial Attitudes And Social Spending--Part 1
The specific racist attitudes involved are: (1) blaming blacks for their continued lower incomes and lack of wealth, and (2) denying that discrimination plays a dominant role in holding blacks back. Of course, some will deny that these are racist beliefs, but white supremacists have always insisted on the sole right to define everything. Suffice it to say that both beliefs are race-based, and both are factually false. If race-based lies that help preserve white privilege aren't racist, then one has to wonder, "What is?"
racism  race  underclass  power  wealth  success  class  social-status  spending  welfare 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Glenn Beck chases "far left radicals" in White House, but loves right-wing radicals himself | Crooks and Liars
But what about Glenn Beck himself? Beck has shown a powerful affinity for right-wing radicals dating back at least to his days at CNN's Headline News, when he declared his sympathy for the John Birch Society (in its campaign to stop the non-existent "NAFTA Superhighway") and warned that Al Gore's real purpose behind his "global warming campaign" was to install a global government. (Back then, it was Gore, not Obama, who was just like Hitler.)
right-wing  race  radical  rhetoric  racism  beck  glenn 
september 2009 by tsuomela
He may have said, “[w]e need segregated buses,” but that doesn’t mean he’s a racist. (This, however, does.) - Acephalous
Punishing the straw-Limbaugh not only provides him plausible deniability, it obscures the actual, non-sarcastic racist assumptions underpinning his remarks—foremost among them, that black people are inherently violent and lack self-control. They are justified, he unwittingly argues, in expressing their violent tendencies because the white kid in his hypothetical said something racist. Instead of talking with their mouths like hypothetical white kid, black kids speak with their fists, an idea that is so firmly entrenched in the minds of those who loudly claim to not be racist that even when black kids are talking with their mouths, they are “technically thugs” forever on the brink of expressing their innate violent tendencies.
race  racism  limbaugh  rush  right-wing  rhetoric  violence 
september 2009 by tsuomela
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