Tag Archives: Race

‘Get Out’ a shrewd probe of white liberal self-regard

For most of its running time, Get Out is one of the slyest, most daring pictures about American race relations. In an excellent debut, writer-actor Jordan Peele shoves every liberal piety into its white audiences face; Get Out is the … Continue reading

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Human beings are awful, part #4562

Embarrassing: Even if white and black men are the same heights and weights, people tend to perceive black men as taller, more muscular and heavier. So said a psychological survey, published Monday in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Personality … Continue reading

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Freaks and androgyny

In “The Misunderstood Ghost of James Baldwin,” Ismail Muhammad analyzes how writers have taken the James Baldwin most commensurate with their own obsessions. His hook is a review of Raoul Peck’s 2016 I Am Not Your Negro: But rather than … Continue reading

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‘A person does not lightly elect to oppose a society’ — Baton Rouge and St. Paul

By the time James Baldwin published No Name in the Street in 1972 the American left was heaving from the fissures created by a movement that had so rattled the political elites that not only had a fealty to exposing … Continue reading

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‘”Race is not a sober-minded description of peoples. It is casus belli’

“Race has never been much about skin color, or physical features, so much as the need to name someone before doing something to them,” Ta-Nehisi Coates writes. “Race is not a sober-minded description of peoples. It is casus belli.” He … Continue reading

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TNC: Dylann Roof ‘correctly understood’ what the rebel flag ‘stood for’

Sometimes Ta-Nehisi Coates interviews provide as much satisfaction as his essays. For example: Q: Your book is a lot about people who are victims of circumstance and history. Do you ever look at Dylann Roof like that, as a victim … Continue reading

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The drug war and ‘social control’: David Simon

Using his experience as a cops reporter, David Simon, creator of “The Wire,” analyzes what has happened in Baltimore, addressing the comment I’ve read about What To Do about a city whose police force boasts a black chief and most … Continue reading

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The zero-sum game of racial politics

Adrien Schless-Meier: The most recent projections from the Census Bureau name 2044 as the point when people of color will collectively outnumber white people in this country. This demographic reality has fostered a deep sense of paranoia about a pervasive … Continue reading

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How white privilege works

Leonard Pitts, Jr. often disappoints me. Not today. Shaking his head at yet another stupid remark on conservative media, he explains how white privilege works: The inability — or, more aptly, the unwillingness — of Mr. [Bill] O’Reilly and others … Continue reading

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‘Hope is not magical. Hope is earned.’

Quoted in The Wars of Reconstruction: “When you would look over and see a man who had a large family, struggling hard up on a poor piece of land, you thought a great deal less of him than you did … Continue reading

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“We don’t talk about class because we’ve forgotten how”

Barack Obama’s two listless statements commenting on the events in Ferguson show the bad faith into which enemies and the anticipation of what his enemies will say have pushed him. Charles Pierce: The harder he preached his message of conciliation, … Continue reading

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Culture of poverty versus black culture

I choked on the astonishment that is TNC’s final response to Jonathan Chait. Taking him to task for confusing and conflating a “culture of poverty” and/with “black culture,” Coates writes: Accepting the premise that “black culture” and “a culture of … Continue reading

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