Category Archives: Race, racism and related issues

Cartoon: Who We Call Racist

Please support these cartoons at Patreon. One thing that continually bugs me is the “racists are unicorns” view, which I hear usually but not exclusively from the right. Basically, in this view, almost no one is racist, and no act … Continue reading

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I Just Learned About the Equal Justice Initiative – If You Don’t Know About It, You Should

In “The Lines That Antisemitism and Racism Draw,” a series of letters I composed during the summer of 2016 that were published in December of that year, I wrote about the stolpersteine, an art project started by the German artist Gunter … Continue reading

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Quote: Jesse Williams on Critics of Black Lives Matter (plus the petition to get him fired)

From actor Jesse Williams’ award acceptance speech at the BET Awards, June 2016. And let’s get a couple things straight, just a little sidenote – the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander.That’s not our job, alright … Continue reading

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A New Essay of Mine Has Been Published: “The Lines That Racism and Antisemitism Draw: Reflections on White Jewish Intersectionality”

The piece is up at Unlikely Stories. Here’s an excerpt: I fully recognize that because of my skin color I benefit from the continued white male dominance of our society, whether I want to or not. Nonetheless, I can’t help but … Continue reading

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On Twitter, White Men With Followers Can Change Racist Behavior

This researcher programmed bots to fight racism on Twitter. It worked. – The Washington Post The Post’s headline isn’t quite accurate. For one thing, they weren’t really “bots” (which to me suggests a program operating somewhat autonomously); they were puppet … Continue reading

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Stop Touching Her Hair, White People!

Transcript: Panel 1 There are two women in this panel, a white woman and a black woman. Both are smiling. CAPTION: MONDAY White woman: Your hair is so beautiful! Can I touch it? Black woman: Thanks, but no. Panel 2 … Continue reading

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From “Am I Alive Today Because I’m White?”—An essay in progress

I am at work on an essay about white privilege that I am tentatively calling “Am I Alive Today Because I Am White?” It’s actually something I started trying to write about a year ago, after Michael Brown was shot and killed … Continue reading

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It’s a Frightening Thing That Someone in the 21st Century Would Seriously Make the Argument that Jeffrey Lord Makes in This Video

I did not see the full exchange, and I hope Lord did not get the last word, as he does in this video excerpt, which I found in a piece in The New York Times by James Poniewozik. It’s worth reading the whole thing. Here … Continue reading

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These Vindictive Responses To Students Saying Awful Things Are Disproportionate And Wrong

Six white seniors at Desert Vista High School in Arizona took a photo of themselves wearing shirts that spelled “ni**er.”1 Understandably, students of color at Desert Vista are appalled at their classmates’ behavior – see the video at the top … Continue reading

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Eight Points About The Armed Anti-Government Activists In Oregon

In a nutshell: Some armed anti-government folks – they claim to number 150, but probably the real figure is closer to a dozen – have occupied a Federal wildlife management building in Burns, Oregon (which is a long way from … Continue reading

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