Are we still a racist nation?

  • FuerteC

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    Jul 22, 2015 10:41 AM GMT
    We are setting up a false dichotomy. This group vs another group.

    Do you think race relations have improved, even in the gay community since LAST MONTH? Are we talking about this?
  • WrestlerBoy

    Posts: 1971

    Jul 22, 2015 10:58 AM GMT
    If you haven't read "Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life", by Karen and Barbara Fields (the paperback edition was just published a couple of months ago by Verso), at least get to the recent great interview with the sisters in Jacobin:

    They argue how the insidious creation of "race" is the straw man for engendering "racism".
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    Jul 22, 2015 11:26 AM GMT
    The subject of race relations comes up quite often in the BMX group I ride with every week (usually 20-50 riders).

    On a social level, yeah, race relations have definitely improved and are doing so at a growing pace. But as for law enforcement, lots of work needs to be done. Most of the black riders say it's actually gotten worse, as they have gotten more DWB's in the last year than ever before (DWB = Driving While Black).
  • WrestlerBoy

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    Jul 22, 2015 11:35 AM GMT
    Here's the Fields' sisters argument, in a nutshell:

    1) We're basically "different". In this case, "they" have black skin, "we" have white skin.
    2) That "difference" causes tension.
    3) That tension leads to "racism".
    4) That "racism" leads, for example, to a white cop shooting a black kid.

    Idiot logical conclusion: "Black skin" attracts bullets.

    It's the (1) that's a load of bullshit, to begin with. So because the assumption of the "argument" is false, so is everything that "follows" it: We didn't "separate" workers in original American colonies into "blacks" and "whites". They BOTH worked for "masser". We only began to "separate" when blacks became... PROPERTY. And today, poor black folks have much more in common with poor white folks than either "group" does with the richer segments of their "races".

    It's not about the false construct of "race"; it's about oppression and domination.

    The acceptance of the "conjuring up" of "race" is what MAKES racism possible, in other words.