Is white America blind on racism, or just playing dumb? | Clive Myrie | Opinion | The Guardian

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What world is white America living in? Surely the statistics say it all. Half of black Americans who are born poor stay poor; black students attend the worst schools; 1.6 million black men aged 24-54 have disappeared from civic life because they have died or are in prison. If you’re black in Milwaukee, and earning $100,000, you’ll be rejected for a mortgage as often as white people who are earning $20,000 are rejected. A black person with a college degree has less chance of finding a high-paying job than a white college dropout. The socio-economic data is damning. Is white America blind, or playing dumb?
-Clive Myrie

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/18/white-america-blind-racism-majority-ignore-black-minority-bubble-privilege?CMP=soc_3156

Our terrified hyperpatriots: Here’s what Palin, Trump and anti-Muslim extremists fear most – Salon.com

We shouldn’t parcel racism into discrete categories despite its unevenness. The conflation of anything undesirable with “Islam” has deep antecedents in U.S. slavery and colonization, but Middle Easterners and South Asians are capable of replicating earlier epochs of racism even as they suffer the consequences of its continued existence. To untangle these complexities, we have to extricate ourselves from notions of racism that elide the ruling class and its stooges. We’ll get nowhere if we reproduce the imperatives of people invested in our confusion.

-Steven Salaita

Source: Our terrified hyperpatriots: Here’s what Palin, Trump and anti-Muslim extremists fear most – Salon.com

Prof Salaita is right. We should not fall for that banana in the tailpipe.

Racial Identity, and Its Hostilities, Are on the Rise in American Politics

Why do working-class Americans vote as they do? The question has long bedeviled analysts on the left, troubled that people who would largely benefit from a more robust government seem so often to vote for right-leaning politicians eager to cut federal programs to pay for tax cuts for the rich. The unusual Republican presidential primary, evolving from one surprise to the next, has revived the debate, but with an important racial coda. As Donald Trump and Ted Cruz surge in the polls, buoyed by the enthusiastic support of angry white men, they raise a narrower question: What’s going on with working-class whites? Though subtle, this variation reflects an important shift in American politics: Perhaps even more than economic status, racial, ethnic and cultural identity is becoming a main driver of political choice. It suggests that the battle over the purpose and configuration of the American government — what it’s for, who it serves — may become more openly about “us” versus “them,” along ethnic lines.

-Eduardo Porter

Source: Racial Identity, and Its Hostilities, Are on the Rise in American Politics – The New York Times

Lacking a nose is the Sphinx’s distinctive trait, but cutting off ours, to spite our face, will not make us a Sphinx.