Race Inquiry Digest (August 31) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Feature – White ‘Power’ and the Fear of Replacement. When white nationalists converged in Charlottesville, Va., ostensibly to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, they chanted, “You will not replace us,” and “Jews will not replace us.” But why were Jews a target of a neo-Confederate action, and who was the more generalized ‘you’? Read more 

The Invention of the White People. Dismantling of the murderous myth that is “White People” will break down the backbone of the racist ideology. There are no white people. There are no black people. There are no red, yellow, brown, blue, purple, crimson or any other color people. These are all socially constructed delusions. Read more 

Poll: Americans are twice as likely to say racism is a “big problem” compared to 6 years ago. That’s the takeaway of a new poll by the Pew Research Center, which found more Americans — both white and black — now say racism is a “big problem” in the US. Read more 

Witnessing a Rally for a Brand-New Confederate Monument. This summer, many long-standing monuments to the Confederacy have been removed, but new ones are still being raised. On Sunday, I went to the unveiling of a Confederate monument near my home town, in Alabama, in a place called Crenshaw County. Read more 

Were Black Progressives Wrong to Not Support Clinton? Dr. Marc Lamont Hill stated, “I would rather have Trump be president for four years and build a real left-wing movement that can get us what we deserve as a people, than to let Hillary be president and we stay locked in the same space where we don’t get what we want.” Read more

Why Barack Obama Is Right to Play It Quiet for Now. It’s understandable that his partisans want him to throw down. But that will just make it about him. And it isn’t. It way isn’t. Read more 

Trump could blow lid off GOP’s well-mannered white supremacy. Republicans know they can get away with voting and incarceration policies that enforce white supremacy, as long as they reject public bigotry. Read more 

Should Confederate monuments come down? Here’s what South Africa did after apartheid. Right after apartheid fell and was replaced by multiracial democracy, the South African government removed many statues of apartheid-era leaders from city parks and government buildings, giving them to private heritage organizationsRead more 

Unemployment in Black and White. The jobless rate for black Americans is generally about twice that of white Americans, and persists no matter the level of educational attainment. Read more 

Fascism, American Style. As sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., Joe Arpaio engaged in blatant racial discrimination. His officers systematically targeted Latinos, often arresting them on spurious charges and at least sometimes beating them up when they questioned those charges. Read more 

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