Posts Tagged ‘black conservatives’

Race is a Political Project: Reflections on Why Your Black Friend (Or Candidate) Is Irrelevant

Sometimes the act of denial is the thing that condemns you. It simply gives away too much, suggesting that it was intended more to convince the one issuing it than the one to whom it was offered. And so, when addicts insist to their interventionists that they haven’t a drug or alcohol problem, we generally […]

Racism and the Myth of a "Victim Mentality"

Recently, I received an e-mail from a college professor who shows a video of one of my speeches in her classroom. She explained that she was in need of a citation for a claim I had made in the video, to the effect that although blacks and Latinos are far more likely than whites to […]

Excuses, Excuses: How the Right Rationalizes Racial Inequality (Part I: Wages and the Job Market)

Published in the Black Commentator, 5/5/05, Issue 137 Whenever I write an article about racism, or give a speech concerning the ongoing reality of discrimination in the labor market, I am assailed by those who refuse to believe what virtually any study done in the past two decades confirms: namely, that people of color are […]

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

Published in LIP Magazine,, 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 […]

Breaking the Cycle of White Dependence: A Modest Call for Majority Self-Help

Published as a ZNet Commentary, May 19, 2001 The experts call it projection–when someone subconsciously realizes that a particular trait applies to them, and then attempts to locate that trait in others, so as to alleviate the stigma or self-doubt engendered by the trait in question. It’s a well-understood psychological concept, and explains much: like […]