Archive for July, 2004

No Such Place as Safe: The Trouble With White Anti-Racism

Published as a ZNet Commentary, www.zmag.org, 7/23/04 I think I’ve figured out what it is I hate about those “racial dialogue” groups that seem to be springing up across the country nowadays. No, it’s not the standard radical critique that they tend to amount to all talk and little action: after all, our ability to [...]

Working for the Man Every Night and Day: Black Conservatives and the Politics of Self-Abuse

Published in LIP Magazine, www.lipmagazine.org, 7/15/04 A few weeks ago, a young man approached me after a speech and handed me a small piece of paper. On it, he said, was the name of a book he thought I should read. Given that the student and I had previously gotten into a bit of a [...]

Situational Ethics, Conservative Style

Published as a ZNet Commentary, 7/05/04 Conservatives never cease to amaze me. On the one hand, they accuse “liberals” and those of us on the left of basing our politics on emotion, while theirs, they insist, is rooted in logic. Yet they regularly stake out positions that are utterly devoid of anything resembling reason. So, [...]