Race Inquiry Digest (August 12) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Featured – White Nationalists Are Debunking White Supremacy. By Willliam Saletan / Slate

On Saturday, just before murdering 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, Patrick Crusius posted a manifesto online. Like the manifestos of other racist mass shooters, his screed was full of vile, incendiary nonsense about the people he hated—in this case, Hispanics. But if you read these manifestos, you’ll discover something odd: Many of the killers, in the course of their rants, acknowledge that the groups they’ve targeted have virtues or accomplishments that make them formidable—and in some cases superior—competitors. White nationalists are accidentally debunking white supremacy. Read more

A history of anti-Hispanic bigotry in the United States. By Marie Arana / Wash Post

Never before have things seemed so hard for Hispanics. The signals are stark and dire: A drowned father, cradling a dead daughter. A lone mother, defending herself against an armed Border Patrol agent, with a terrified toddler at her side. A diatribe hectoring whites to purge the country of a rising brown tide. A Walmart in El Paso, strewn with the dead. Caravans of the hopeful willing to suffer indignities, splinter their families, cower in cages, risk life itself for a distant dream. And looming over it all: a president who shrugs when a voice in the crowd shouts , “ Shoot them! ” and who tells Hispanics with roots in this country to go back to the cesspools where they belong. Read more

This Is What Latinos Think Everyone Got Wrong About El Paso. By Adrian Carrasquillo / Politico 

As a reporter, I’ve talked to immigration activists for the better part of a decade. They don’t often cry, at least not in front of me. But all day on Sunday, the day after the shooting in El Paso, hardened advocates became emotional while explaining what it’s like to live in the United States after a killer drove 10 hours to kill Mexicans, Latinos and immigrants. Read more

The Vital Importance of Learning to See Latinos in Trump’s America. By Graciela Mochkofsky / The New Yorker

Aura Bogado, an investigative reporter at Reveal, a publication from the Center for Investigative Reporting, asked her Latino followers on Twitter how they were feeling after the shootings. The last time I checked, she had five hundred and one public answers, most of them full of anguish: parents relieved that their children had fair skin, mothers afraid to take their children to school when classes resume, and lots of people frightened to speak Spanish in public. Read more

Chicken Plants See Little Fallout From Immigration Raids. By Scott Horsley / NPR

Federal agents carried out one of the largest immigration raids in recent history this week, arresting nearly 700 workers at chicken processing plants in Mississippi. But you can still buy a rotisserie bird at your local supermarket tonight for less than $10. So far, the government crackdown has had little effect on the wider food processing industry, a dangerous business that is heavily reliant on immigrant labor. Read more

Trump’s DOJ hid shocking report on growing terror threat from white supremacists. By Igor Derysh / Salon

The Justice Department suppressed a report showing that suspected white supremacists were responsible for all race-based domestic terror incidents last year. The report by New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security Preparedness was distributed throughout DHS and to federal agencies like the FBI earlier this year before it was obtained by Yahoo News. The document includes data Congress has sought from the Trump administration but the Justice Department has been “unable or unwilling” to provide. Read more

It’s not just David Duke and the KKK anymore: It’s Tucker Carlson and Fox News Network who sell hate. By Lucian K Truscott IV / Salon

Tucker Carlson, the Fox News host wore a coat and tie when he referred to Iraqis as “monkeys” who didn’t even use toilet paper or forks, and he wears a coat and tie nearly every night when he rails against “invaders” on the border and justifies the separation of little children from their mothers and fathers as they cross the border to apply for asylum. Read more

The danger of Trump’s pro-white hysteria — and what he means by “the destruction of our country.” By Dan Froomkin / Salon

The debate over whether Donald Trump is racist or not has been an absurd distraction from reality, which is that he has been stirring up the most virulent strain of anti-immigration hysteria there is: he’s not only asserting an invasion by dangerous people with dark skin, he’s saying it poses an existential crisis to white America. Read more

A Reformed White Nationalist Says the Worst Is Yet to Come. By Yara Bayoumy and Kathy Gilsinan / The Atlantic

It’s going to get worse. That’s the warning of a former violent extremist, Christian Picciolini, who joined a neo-Nazi movement 30 years ago and now tries to get people out of them. White-supremacist terrorists—the ones who have left dozens dead in attacks in Pittsburgh, New Zealand, and El Paso, Texas, in recent months—aren’t just trying to outdo one another, he told us. They’re trying to outdo Timothy McVeigh, the anti-government terrorist who blew up an Oklahoma City federal building and killed more than 100 people in 1995—the worst terrorist attack in the United States before September 11, 2001. Read more

5 Years After Michael Brown Shooting, Slow Signs Of Progress. By Jason Rosenbaum / NPR

Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., sparked a national civil rights movement around how police and government treat black residents. Yet even as the political momentum around police accountability picked up in other places, some candidates and policies that emanated from the movement stalled around St. Louis and Missouri.  Read more

A battle to give African Americans political power is playing out in Mississippi’s courts. By Danielle McLean / ThinkProgress

Mississippi’s long-standing laws that prevent African Americans from voting or assuming political power are being challenged in the courts on several fronts. The state’s population is 38% African American, the highest percentage in the country. But its laws are designed to make it harder for people of color to win statewide office. Formerly incarcerated people find it all but impossible to vote once they leave prison. And laws in the state specifically limit black Mississippians’ representation in the state legislature. Read more

In one of the country’s ‘healthiest’ states, obesity plagues black and Hispanic people. By Markian Hawryluk / CNN

Colorado weighs in as two states: one dangerously heavy and one fit and trim. There are the mostly well-educated, affluent whites, many of whom were drawn to Colorado by high-paying tech jobs and myriad outdoor opportunities. By contrast, the adult obesity rates among minorities are much higher — 29.9% for blacks and 27.7% for Latinos, far worse than the 21.6% rate for non-Hispanic whites. Read more

‘Brian Banks’ Review: Falsely Accused, and Fighting Back, By Jeannette Catsoulis / NYT

A potent performance from Aldis Hodge elevates this formulaic film about a football player seeking redemption. With its heart in the right place and its style stuck unabashedly in the familiar grooves of the TV movie, “Brian Banks” tackles a subject — a sexual assault allegation and its aftermath — that would be challenging even without the scrutiny of #MeToo. Read more

The NCAA doesn’t have a Rich Paul problem. It has a problem with black men. By Justin Tinsley / The Undefeated

The NCAA doesn’t have a Rich Paul problem. The problem is that its structure is designed to regulate the freedom of athletes to turn pro in primarily black sports but not in white ones. And an entity that now preaches the importance of college graduation for agents doesn’t have the same righteous energy for black athletes at its most lucrative institutions. Read more

Kenny Stills isn’t backing down against Trump supporters, even his own boss. By Jason Reid / The Undefeated

For Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills, there’s no middle ground when it comes to the battle for equality: You’re either with the people fighting for what’s right — or you’re with President Donald Trump. Read more

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