Posts Tagged ‘slavery’

…But How Dare You Complain to Me: Ani DiFranco, White Obliviousness and Historical Memory

Imagine for a moment that an artist of some sort — perhaps for lack of a better example, a folk singer — decided to host a writer’s retreat, at which interested and aspiring artists might gather so as to pool their collective energy. And let’s imagine that said folk singer, not being an expert at [...]

Dreaming of a White Jesus (and a Real Santa): Reflections on Conservative Derangement

To be perfectly honest, I find it quite shocking that anyone would be, well, shocked, by Megyn Kelly’s recent insistence on her FOX show that Santa Claus and Jesus are both white men, or even — and perhaps this is the bigger point — that Santa Claus is real. After all, when one works for [...]

If It Walks Like a Duck and Talks Like a Duck: Racism, Bigotry and the Death of Respectable Conservatism

For the most part, I’ve tried to be restrained. Although conservatives accuse those of us on the left of thinking that all critiques of President Obama are rooted in racism, this has certainly never been my argument. Indeed, I’ve written two books highly critical of Obama’s positions on a number of issues (from a place [...]

Trayvon Martin, White America and the Return of Dred Scott

For a while now we’ve known that there were significant numbers of white Americans who wanted to “take their country back” to some mythical period of the nation’s hagiographic past. We’ve known it because they’ve told us so, as often and endlessly as their lungs will allow. Little did we realize, however, that for at [...]

Telling White Lies: Patriotic Correctness and the War on Ethnic Studies

You’re tellin’ white lies You’re tellin’ white lies Well I can see right through that thin disguise Can’t you tell I can tell when you’re telling’ white lies? —Jason and the Scorchers, “White Lies” Forget so-called “political correctness.” In Arizona, there is a far greater threat to free speech and educational integrity — a new [...]

“Why Can’t They Just Say Stop It?” Reflections on Terror and the Cycle of Indifference

I knew it was a conversation that at some point I would have to indulge; and last night, amid commemorative news coverage of the events of September 11, 2001, it became apparent that the time had come. Although I had previously discussed the events of that day and the aftermath of those events with our [...]

“Birtherism With Big Words” — The Ignominious Return of Dinesh D’Souza (WITH UPDATE)

Over at the American Prospect’s Blog site, Adam Serwer dropkicks Dinesh D’Souza (the guy who first called me the “Uncle Tom of whites”) somewhere into next week, taking on his absurd contention that Barack Obama’s worldview is “Kenyan anti-colonialism.” This meme, which took off after Newt Gingrich picked it up and ran with it last [...]

South Carolina White Conservatives Show Their Racist Asses…Again (This is a Historical Constant, Actually…)

But remember everyone…just because we dress up in Civil War period uniforms and pose for pictures with black people in antebellum period clothing (which is to say, black people representing slaves) doesn’t mean we’re a bunch of racist jackasses… Read more about the “party” that brought forth this racist crap here. And know that this is [...]

Your House is on Ground Zero (and Quite Without Permission)

In all the rancor over whether or not one group of Muslims should be allowed to build a cultural center and worship space near the site of the 9/11 attacks — which were committed by a separate and totally unrelated group of Muslims — there is one thing above all else that no one appears [...]

Glad to know there was no racial message in the minds of Glenn Beck’s followers this week…

Here’s a picture of a guy at Glenn Beck’s Rally last week, which we’re told had nothing to do with race or anything really except “faith…” Which raises the obvious questions: Hey jackass: 1. What does this have to do with the rally you were attending? 2. What does this have to do with anything? [...]