Archive for 2000

Dreaming of a Non-White Christmas: Santa, Jesus and the Symbolism of Racial Supremacy

A slightly different version of this piece was published as a ZNet Commentary, December 21, 2000. This is the most recent, 2005 version. Well it’s that time of year again: time for all good Americans to focus on what really matters; not family, community, or world peace, but that national sacrament of late-stage capitalism known [...]

Racism, White Liberals and the Limits of Tolerance

Published in LIP Magazine, www.lipmagazine.org, 12/04/00. Let me get this straight: If three white guys chain a black man to a truck and decapitate him by dragging him down a dirt road, that’s a hate crime; but if five white cops pump nineteen bullets into a black street vendor, having shot at him 41 times, [...]

Of Monsters and Vampires: People Who Kill People and the People Who Kill Them

Published as a ZNet Commentary, December 4, 2000 My mother lied to me. She told me when I was a boy, so as to allay my fears to the contrary, that there were no such things as vampires; that there were not, in real life, those whose lust for human blood drove their every waking [...]

No More Mister Fall Guy: Why Ralph Nader is Not to Blame for “President” Bush

Published as a ZNet Commentary, November 9, 2000 Well, the long knives are out. Media pundits, Democratic Party officials, and I would suspect Al Gore himself before long, have or will soon begin to do the predictable: search out a scapegoat for why the Presidential election turned out the way it did. That is, if [...]

Getting Serious About White Deviance: An Open Letter to the Pioneer Fund

Published as a ZNet Commentary, November 3, 2000 To Whom It May Concern, With great excitement, I recently discovered your organization’s work for the betterment of mankind, through the application of racial science. As someone who has been investigating the pathological tendencies of persons of European descent (whites in the popular vernacular), imagine my delight [...]

Freeh’s Blind Mice: A Critical Look at Tolerance Training, FBI Style

Published as a ZNet Commentary, September 24, 2000 That I’m no Biblical scholar is an understatement of monumental proportions. Yet I recently found myself, for reasons I’ll explain shortly, thinking of the following verse from the book of Matthew, if memory serves: Why behold the mote in thy brother’s eye, but consider not the beam [...]

Gore-Vey! Joe Lieberman, Jewish Mobility and the Politics of Race in America

Published as a ZNet Commentary, August 29, 2000 I am a Jew. And according to what others of my faith tradition tell me, I should be beaming with pride at the fact that Al Gore has picked a fellow Hebrew as his Vice Presidential running mate. Well, excuse me if I refrain from engaging in [...]

Bill of Whites: Historical Memory Through the Racial Looking Glass

Published as a ZNet Commentary, July 24, 2000 In 1992, white supremacist Jared Taylor lamented the ostensibly growing influence of people of color in the U.S. when he wrote: “The old, standard history united Americans…It emphasized one point of view and ignored others. It was history about white people for white people…This served the country [...]

Membership Has its Privileges: Seeing and Challenging the Benefits of Whiteness

Published as a ZNet Commentary, June 22, 2000, and republished in White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism, Paula Rothenberg, ed., 2003, Worth Publishers. Being white, as the old saying goes, means never having to think about it. Perhaps that’s why I get looks of bewilderment whenever I ask, as I do [...]

Rebels Without a Clue: Neo-Confederacy and the Ironies of White Supremacy

Published as a ZNet Commentary, June 6, 2000 “Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton, old times there are not forgotten…” We Southerners are famous for wishful thinking. In fact, it’s something of a regional pastime. This should come as no surprise given our interminable heat in the summer, which leaves nearly [...]