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What Trump has undone - The Washington Post
We’ve decided to update this list on a weekly basis. Items that have been added or updated since the last iteration are highlighted in yellow.

President Trump has repeatedly argued that he’s done more than any other recent president. That’s not true, as measured by the amount of legislation he’s been able to sign. It is true, though, that Trump has undone a lot of things that were put into place by his predecessors, including President Barack Obama.
history  racism  economy  judicialSystem  environment  immigration  education 
8 hours ago by campylobacter
Idylls of the Liberal: The American Dreams of Mark Lilla and Ta-Nehisi Coates - Viewpoint Magazine
On the reductionism of Lilla and Coates

Now the white male identity cannot be assumed; while racist and sexist abuses persist, progressive change has insisted on the recognition of marginalized identities. But the unforeseen dilemma we now face is that there is nothing to prevent people of marginalized identities from engaging in the kind of toxic behavior once monopolized by white men.

It is a maddening and debilitating feature of our contemporary academic climate that we are asked to choose between differing forms of toxic discourse. Good riddance to the racist, sexist regime that was classical liberal education; now it is time to tackle the underlying structure of liberal discourse, one that fosters individualism and competition and incorporates new identities into its repressive climate.

We have, then, a series of omissions, elisions, and cherry-picked targets. It is easy to get bogged down in circular debates on particular details while missing the larger question: why does Coates deem it important to undermine the critique of capitalism? Why this target, when since the 17th century the resistance to racial oppression and capitalist exploitation have gone hand in hand? Why this target, when anti-capitalist politics, despite their recent growth, still remain politically marginal, their meekest expressions repressed by the bureaucracy of the Democratic Party? Why this target, when members of every mass socialist organization appear at anti-fascist demonstrations to put their bodies on the line against racism?

These words could be written again today with only the most minor modifications. And they explain why Mark Lilla and Ta-Nehisi Coates are ultimately mirror images of each other, in their failure to recognize that overcoming white supremacy is not an “identity” issue, one which is restricted to the interests of a particular racial group, but rather at the center of a universal program for emancipation.

Whiteness is not magic. It is also not a psychological disposition or a particular type of body. It is a material social relation, as material as that of class. It is absurd to try to determine in the abstract which of these relations is primary. It is instead necessary to study a very specific concrete history—the history of plantation slavery and the development of capitalism in the United States—to explain both kinds of social relation. Capitalism is a fundamental target of any emancipatory struggle not because of some kind of priority of the “economic” over the “cultural” (whatever these would mean as essential categories), but rather because in actual history, racism has been an integral component of capitalism.

This is why, even when opposing the most reactionary expressions of identity politics, socialists should never make the mistake of thinking Mark Lilla is on their side. If socialists fail to actively oppose white supremacy, they allow capital to wield one of its deadliest weapons. In order to build a mass anti-capitalist movement—in order to foster the kind of solidarity, commitment, and collective action that is required for social transformation—it is necessary to oppose every expression of racial hierarchies and divisions which are visible in our society and reassert themselves in our movements. This is not to make movements “safe spaces,” but to make them expansive and powerful; it is not for white people to act as “allies,” but for them to reject the privileges conferred by whiteness in order to be able to act as comrades. Wherever racial oppression threatens the safety of a portion of the multiracial working class—whether it is an ICE raid, a police killing, or a fascist rally—socialists must be at the front lines in our collective defense.
race  racism  identity  liberalism 
16 hours ago by jstenner
Parable of the Polygons - a playable post on the shape of society
This is a story of how harmless choices can make a harmful world.

These little cuties are 50% Triangles, 50% Squares, and 100% slightly shapist. But only slightly! In fact, every polygon prefers being in a diverse crowd:
games  society  visualization  racism  diversity  bias  game  segregation  simulation  ghetto  ghettoisation 
16 hours ago by kybernetikos
Why Claudia Jones Will Always Be More Relevant than Ta-Nehisi Coates | Black Agenda Report
“The First White President”—simultaneously myopic and overreaching—is essentially predicated upon the tautology that whites elected Trump because of racism, and racists elected Trump because of whiteness.

critique of Ta-nehisi Coates bullshit:
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/the-first-white-president-ta-nehisi-coates/537909/

If we take Coates seriously, then we need not interrogate that the complex phenomena he simplistically calls “whiteness” are reproduced through specific technologies of racialized violence historically situated in regimes of capitalist expansion, including: the rollback of Reconstruction to stymie the sociopolitical development of freedmen; Jim Crow era lynchings meant to arrest the economic progress of Black folk but cloaked in specters of the Black rapist; the surveillance of Black political and literary activism during World War One because demands for civil rights were villified as “pro-Germanism”; race riots in 1919 and beyond meant to beat back the most minute assertions of Black self-determination; and the criminalization and punishment of Black (inter)nationalism, anticolonialism, and anti-imperialism as seditious and anti-American. In other words, the subjection of Blacks throughout U.S. history cannot be reduced to some identitarian notion of whiteness that culminates in the election of Donald Trump; rather, antiblackness is inextricable from the suppression of labor, the deportation of “alien” progressives, the incarceration of anti-capitalists, the indictment of communists and “fellow travellers,” the censure of demands for fundamental redistribution, and the overall repression of the left.
racism  race  identity 
18 hours ago by jstenner
Wisconsin’s Voter-ID Law Suppressed 200,000 Votes in 2016 (Trump Won by 22,748) | The Nation
Holloway ended up making seven trips to different public agencies in two states and spent over $200 in an attempt to correct his birth certificate, but he was never able to obtain a voter ID in Wisconsin. Before the election, his lawyer for the ACLU told me Holloway was so disgusted he left Wisconsin for Illinois.

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Holloway’s story was sadly familiar in 2016. According to federal court records, 300,000 registered voters, 9 percent of the electorate, lacked strict forms of voter ID in Wisconsin. A new study by Priorities USA, shared exclusively with The Nation, shows that strict voter-ID laws, in Wisconsin and other states, led to a significant reduction in voter turnout in 2016, with a disproportionate impact on African-American and Democratic-leaning voters. Wisconsin’s voter-ID law reduced turnout by 200,000 votes, according to the new analysis. Donald Trump won the state by only 22,748 votes.
vote  voting  suppression  racism  politics 
yesterday by Quercki
An Open Letter to Ta-Nehisi Coates The Dream is real. By Jason D. Hill (Commentary)
Mr. Coates, you write that the American Dream is the enemy of so much that
is good: “The Dream thrives on generalizations, on limiting the number of
possible questions, on privileging immediate answers. The Dream is the
enemy of all art, courageous thinking, and honest writing.” The pursuit of
this Dream saddens you and all the people in America you describe as being
lost “in a specious hope.” The Dream, you say, was built on “the progress
of those Americans who believe that they are white,” and that progress was
built on looting and violence. You write: “‘White America’ is a syndicate
arrayed to protect its exclusive power to dominate and control our bodies.
However it appears, the power of domination and exclusion is central to the
belief in being white, and without it, ‘white people’ would cease to exist
for want of reasons.” I am saddened by your conviction that white people
wield such a great deal of metaphysical power over the exercise of your own
agency. In making an enemy of the Dream that is a constitutive feature of
American identity, you have irrevocably alienated yourself from the
redemptive hope, the inclusive unity, and the faith and charity that are
necessary for America to move ever closer to achieving moral excellence.
Sadder still, you have condemned the unyielding confidence in self that the
Dream inspires.... In the 32 years I have lived in this great country, I
have never once actively fought racism. I have simply used my own example
as evidence of its utter stupidity and moved forward with absolute
metaphysical confidence, knowing that the ability of other people to name
or label me has no power over my self-esteem, my mind, my judgment,
and—above all—my capacity to liberate myself through my own efforts.... My
own intellectual sensibilities were formed in an interregnum, in the period
between an empire’s collapse and the emergence of an independent nation.
When my father was born in 1943, his own father, a pioneer in the
independence movement in Jamaica, was being held in a British concentration
camp for being an insurgent and a hardline Communist. According to stories
my paternal grandmother has told me, he was tortured and beaten by the
British, no doubt humiliated also. My grandfather was a first-class
intellectual, an aristocratic man of letters, slated to become Jamaica’s
first prime minister. He quickly rejected this opportunity by forming the
first trade union for colored people and editing the Caribbean’s largest
newspaper, *The Gleaner*. He was an intellectual and an educator before he
was a politician. His name was Frank Hill. His black body, too, was a
target for actual colonial whips. I am, however, the legatee of the great
tradition that he imparted; and although I am certainly not a
Communist—just an old-fashioned liberal—I did learn a few moral values from
the example of this toughest of giants. To wit: Resignation, aggrievement,
and victimology were useless to those who intended to create their own
destiny. If you had intentions of building a new nation and you fancied
yourself one of its moral or political architects, you could not for one
second believe that you had no power to liberate yourself by your own
efforts. One might have been influenced by one’s environment, but one was
most emphatically not the product of one’s environment. Without what you,
Mr. Coates, call a “specious hope,” men like my grandfather would have
thought themselves only pretending to live. Grit, will, resilience,
tenacity, reason, hope, dignity, perseverance, and an unflinching
self-esteem earned through moral character gave them confidence and a sense
of trust in better possibilities. They never extricated themselves from the
historical process because to do so was to become irrelevant.
racism  America  responses  TNC  immigrant 
yesterday by mgubbins
Oklahoma Cops Fatally Shoot Deaf Man as Neighbors Scream 'He Can't Hear You'
Police officers fatally shot Magdiel Sanchez, 35, who is deaf, outside of his home in Oklahoma City, OK, on Tuesday night. When authorities arrived at Sanchez’s home investigating a hit-and-run, they found him on the porch carrying a metal walking stick. With little warning and as neighbors looked on shouting that he couldn’t hear them because he was deaf, one officer fired multiple shots at Sanchez.
usa  police  racism 
yesterday by geekzter

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