Archive for January, 2004

Unnatural Selection: Reflections on the Normalizing of Racism

Published as a ZNet Commentary,, 1/21/04 For those who speak out against racism, learning to deal with people who disagree with you is a time-consuming process, and a talent that must be cultivated. This was made painfully clear this past week when I received an e-mail claiming that people like me should give up […]

Profit and Loss: The Ups and Downs of White Privilege

Published in Consider (University of Michigan), January 2004 What does it mean to be white in the United States? It’s a question that is rarely asked, especially by those of us who are classified as white in this culture. After all, when one is a member of the dominant majority, one rarely is forced to […]

Sex Across the Color Line: Marcus Dixon, Emmett Till and the New/Old South

Published in the Black Commentator,, Issue 71, 1/1/04 This is the story of a real American tragedy. The kind they make movies about. The victim — and let there be no mistake that is the only word that fits here — is Marcus Dixon: an ‘A’ student in high school, member of the National […]