Archive for October, 2003

Ghettos are Not a Game (Part Two): Racism and the Perpetuation of the Urban Poor

Published in the Black Commentator, www.blackcommentator.com, Issue 61, 10/23/03 In a recent column, I discussed with a healthy amount of disdain the marketing of a board game called GHETTOPOLY, in which players maneuver through the traps and snares of an inner-city community, replete with every stereotype in the book about such places: filled with criminals, [...]

Ghettos are Not a Game (Part One): Making Money off the Misery of Others

Published in the Black Commentator, www.blackcommentator.com, Issue 59, 10/9/03 Some things just aren’t funny, and some ways of making money are pathetic. Both of these truisms apply to the entrepreneurial “humor” of David Chang, a 28-year old Pennsylvanian who apparently gets his kicks making fun of poor folks in urban America in order to make [...]

Standards Without Substance: Resisting Minimum Test Scores for College Admission

In the wake of declining enrollment, University of Tennessee Chancellor, Loren Crabtree, has suggested abandoning an idea floated by the school’s former President, which, if implemented would require applicants to receive an ACT score of at least 26 (out of 36) in order to gain admission. While rethinking such a score cutoff makes sense, the [...]

Collateral Damage: Poor Whites and the Unintended Consequences of Racial Privilege

Published as a ZNet Commentary, 10/05/03 A few years ago, a young woman who was an anti-poverty organizer in rural Kentucky asked me how she could infuse her work with an anti-racist analysis. She knew there was a need to address the link between institutional racism and white privilege on the one hand, and economic [...]

The Other Race Card: Rush Limbaugh and the Politics of White Resentment

Published on Counterpunch.org, October 3, 2003 So now we know how Rush Limbaugh lost all that weight. It wasn’t will power, it wasn’t exercise, and it wasn’t the Atkins Diet. Instead, it appears to have been a legal opiate called OxyContin: legal, at least, for those with a prescription for it, which would, incidentally, exclude [...]