Race Inquiry Digest (August 24) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Feature – Confederate Statues and ‘Our’ History. President Trump’s Thursday morning tweet lamenting that the removal of Confederate statues tears apart “the history and culture of our great country” raises numerous questions, among them: Who is encompassed in that “our”? Read more

How the Republican party quietly does the bidding of white supremacists. Let us finally rip off the veneer that Trump’s affinity for white supremacy is distinct from the Republican agenda. It isn’t. Read more 

The US government destroyed the Ku Klux Klan once. It could do so again. The president has shown that we can expect no moral leadership from him. We have yet to see if other branches of government will take strong action. Read more  

Kaepernick, activism and politics. The NFL doesn’t know how to stop this row. The quarterback is still unsigned but the protest he launched has grown, raising uncomfortable questions about race and activism for NFL owners – and fans. Read more 

Before Mayweather-McGregor, there was Ali-Inoki. On June 26, 1976, world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali took on Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki in another glorified exhibition billed as “The Martial Arts Championship of the World.” Read more 

FDR’s Message to Charlottesville—and to Donald Trump. In his speech in Virginia in 1940, Franklin Roosevelt united America; in his remarks in 2017, Donald Trump divided it. Read more 

Pride and Prejudice.  “Bannon has become just the latest American political figure to dream of a class-based politics,” Smith writes, “and then to founder on the thing that really makes American politics exceptional: its deep racial divisions.” Read more 

Black conservatives who backed Trump are suddenly offended — but they sold their souls long ago.   For me, the most “entertaining” part of the post-Charlottesville TV spectacle has been watching black conservatives with all their tears and feigned outrage and surprise at Donald Trump and the white supremacists, neo-Confederates and Nazis he coddles. Read more 

White supremacists are openly using Nazi symbols. That’s a warning to all of us. What does it say about our society that neo-Nazi and white-supremacist symbols and slogans were deployed in the streets of 21st-century America? Read more 

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