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Donald Trump’s race-baiting strategy to secure second term
July 17, 2019 | | Financial Times | by Edward Luce.

Telling US-born Democrats to go back to the countries they came from is a departure even by Mr Trump’s standards. In 2016 he attacked immigrants, chiefly Muslim and Mexican, as a threat to national security. Now he is portraying opinionated non-white citizens as un-American. Their citizenship is performance-based.

To Mr Trump, whites are automatically American. Others only qualify if they support his idea of what it is to be American. By any measure, this is textbook racism.

But there is method behind Mr Trump’s nastiness. His goal is to force Democrats to unite behind the so-called “Squad” of four non-white congresswomen, whose radicalism is not popular in the US heartlands. Most Americans are not socialist. Nor do they support paying reparations for slavery, or open borders. Most would probably be suspicious of a Green New Deal that aimed to abolish fossil fuels by 2030. These are the kinds of radical ideas Mr Trump wants to force Democrats to support.
Campaign_2020  Donald_Trump  Edward_Luce  GOP  nativism  non-whites  racism  race-baiting  whites 
5 weeks ago by jerryking
Cookie-Cutter Spicy Deviled Eggs Recipe - Tablespoon.com
12 eggs; baked in 9x13 dish spray coated; cover with foil and bake 20 minutes
boiled  eggs  stars  patriotic  baked  egg  whites 
7 weeks ago by pegasus505
Hugh Ryan - How eugenics gave rise to modern homophobia
Eugenics was largely a response to the expanded political, social and geographical integration of black people in America, and those who practiced it were interested in protecting and perfecting “the white race.” These were men like R. W. Shufeldt, a noted doctor with the U.S. Army and a prolific author of eugenic treatises.
At the same time Shufeldt was writing about race, he was also researching a seemingly different topic: the defining of queerness, which he variously referred to as “passive pederasty,” “inversion,” “perversion” and “homosexuality.” Primarily he studied men who had been arrested for soliciting other men, as well as people we would today call transgender women, who were often arrested under the charge of “masquerading in women’s clothes.”
To Shufeldt, black people represented an external threat to whiteness, and queer people represented an internal one (the existence of black queer people seems never to have entered his mind). These were discrete issues, but they were both, at heart, about promoting white supremacy.
In order to popularize his findings, he fought against the obscenity laws that prevented the printing, mailing or sharing of publications that were deemed too erotic or sexual in nature.
Eugenics  Whites  Queer  History 
10 weeks ago by dbourn
Ibram X. Kendi - A History of Race and Racism in America, in 24 Chapters
Many Americans might not know the more polemical side of race writing in our history. The canon of African-American literature is well established. Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, James Baldwin are familiar figures. Far less so is Samuel Morton (champion of the obsolete theory of polygenesis) or Thomas Dixon (author of novels romanticizing Klan violence). It is tempting to think that the influence of those dusty polemics ebbed as the dust accumulated. But their legacy persists, freshly shaping much of our racial discourse.

On the occasion of Black History Month, I’ve selected the most influential books on race and the black experience published in the United States for each decade of the nation’s existence — a history of race through ideas, arranged chronologically on the shelf. (In many cases, I’ve added a complementary work, noted with an asterisk.) Each of these books was either published first in the United States or widely read by Americans. They inspired — and sometimes ended — the fiercest debates of their times: debates over slavery, segregation, mass incarceration. They offered racist explanations for inequities, and antiracist correctives. Some — the poems of Phillis Wheatley, the memoir of Frederick Douglass — stand literature’s test of time. Others have been roundly debunked by science, by data, by human experience. No list can ever be comprehensive, and “most influential” by no means signifies “best.” But I would argue that together, these works tell the history of anti-black racism in the United States as painfully, as eloquently, as disturbingly as words can. In many ways, they also tell its present.
Ibram  X.  Kendi  Race  Racism  Whites  Blacks  US  History  Literature 
12 weeks ago by dbourn
Baltimore Black Paper
The Baltimore Black Paper's purpose is to support efforts to bring about a new \ vision of the city that is less tied up in standard ideas of development, which focus narrowly on entrepreneurialism and top-down creative solutions, and more tied up in ideas that increase the capacity of Baltimoreans to exert their fundamental right to the city, and all that such a right should convey. And we believe it can best fulfill this purpose not by acting as a blueprint for specific actions or approaches that we expect everyone to follow, but by giving any other interested organizers and activists on the ground a shared vision of the interrelatedness of political tendencies for any other interested organizers and activists on the ground to use, to orient or coordinate their individual projects. What’s happened to Freddie Gray, Tyrone West, and by extension Korryn Gaines, is deeply related to what’s going on with young people trying to gain access to education or jobs, or what’s going on in Port Covington, which is likewise deeply related to Baltimore’s relationship to its (segregated) arts community.
Baltimore  Whites  Blacks  Racism  History  Activism  MD 
march 2019 by dbourn
The West Baltimore Innovation Village: An Oreo Gentrification Scheme?
Who decided that a building a tech village was more important than saving Black lives? How many low-income Black residents from West Baltimore will be one of the 10 startup recipients of the $50,000 awards that are available?
Baltimore  Racism  Whites  Blacks  Gentrification 
march 2019 by dbourn
Baltimore: The Double-Stuffed Oreo City
Now I would be the first to tell you that Black folks can be crooked and/or corrupt while White folks can be “woke” allies, but these numbers are disturbing in terms of the absence of Black perspectives in our city government. While undoubtedly all of these departments and organizations mentioned above will view themselves as well-intentioned and “working for everyone,” there is a lack of equitable representation in Baltimore city government, especially for a city that is 63% or so Black and 5–6% Latino/a.
Essentially then, Baltimore is a (double stuffed) Oreo city. It is majority Black in population on one side and the majority Black elected political leadership is on the other side. Spatially, Baltimore is Black on the east and Black on the west, but White in the middle! Also on the inside of the Oreo city is a “double stuff” of majority White corporate campaign donations and a majority White-run government bureaucracy. What looks to be a Black-led city on the outside is upon closer inspection a White controlled city on the inside.
Baltimore  MD  Racism  Whites  Blacks 
march 2019 by dbourn
White hero, sidekick of color: why Marvel needs to break the cycle
Maria Rambeau is an engaging character. By nature of her appearing in someone else’s film though, she’s also sidelined. Her story is not entirely her own; rather, she exists to give a white character growth, complete with a pep talk reminding Carol of her own worth.
It’s easy to trace this pattern across all of the MCU films. The only film that subverts this noticeable dynamic is Black Panther, which features an almost entirely black cast. And that’s not to say these are not wonderful characters who are hinted at as having rich interior lives. The characters would probably balk at the classification of “sidekick”. Yet they’re designated by the films as such, by virtue of their stories ultimately working to support the main character’s arc. All of them exist to help the lead work through some issue or trauma and provide logistical backup. We’re given glimpses at who they are as people, but rarely is that developed outside their relationship to the protagonist.
Whites  Comics  Comic  Books  Film  Racism  Marvel  Narratology  Storytelling 
march 2019 by dbourn
NYTimes: The Tragedy of Baltimore
With every passing year, it was getting harder to see what gains, exactly, were delivered by the uprising. Nearly four years after Freddie Gray’s death, the surge in crime has once again become the context of daily life in the city.
On the left, Baltimore’s recent woes have been largely overlooked, partly because they present a challenge to those who start from the assumption that policing is inherently suspect. The national progressive story of Baltimore during this era of criminal-justice reform has been the story of the police excesses that led to Gray’s death and the uprising, not the surge of violence that has overtaken the city ever since.
Mayor Sheila Dixon had carried on O’Malley’s government-accountability practices, she proved less than ethical in her own affairs. A few years into Barksdale’s efforts, she was charged by the state prosecutor with theft and fraud.
There was a grand jury in a vast corruption case that federal prosecutors filed earlier in the year: a conspiracy that painted a picture of a Police Department that, amid the lawlessness of the city, had descended into widespread lawlessness itself.

The accused were eight current and former members of an elite plainclothes unit called the Gun Trace Task Force, which, prosecutors said, had developed a penchant for robbing people, mostly but not exclusively drug dealers. Six of the officers pleaded guilty to racketeering and robbery. The court proceedings also illuminated how the surge in violence after Gray’s death abetted the corruption. Some officers had been lining their pockets for years, but their activities became a true conspiracy amid the chaos of 2015-16, as commanders were so desperate to stem the violence that they gave them free rein.
Following Gray’s death, the claims were of overly aggressive policing; now residents were pleading for police officers to get out of their cars, to earn their pay — to protect them. You could look at this evolution as demonstrating an irreconcilable conflict, a tension between Shantay Guy and Tony Barksdale never to be resolved. But the residents streaming into these sessions with Harrison weren’t suggesting that. They were not describing a trade-off between justice and order. They saw them as two parts of a whole and were daring to ask for both.
Baltimore  Whites  Racism  Police  Brutality  MD  Crime 
march 2019 by dbourn
When the Oscars Chose Driving Miss Daisy Over Do the Right Thing
Mookie throws that trash can out of rage over a police killing—and given the spirit of the film, the question of whether he is morally right or wrong seems like a distraction from Lee’s real point, that violence is a form of racialized grief. There isn’t any sign of that grief in Driving Miss Daisy.
The problem with the film in the Academy’s eyes, Canby continued, was that perhaps unlike its competition, “Do the Right Thing won’t play the game. It talks back. . . . Do the Right Thing doesn’t call attention to progress, it asks for more. Now.”
But there’s also another narrative at play: in the 21st century, black cinema is thriving. And finally, the Academy, which has diversified substantially in the wake of the #OscarsSoWhite Twitter campaign started by April Reign in 2015, has begun to take notice. Heading into the Oscars this year, four major films by black directors are proven contenders for the top trophies—an unprecedented phenomenon. Alongside BlacKkKlansman, Ryan Coogler’s mega-successful Black Panther and Barry Jenkins’s If Beale Street Could Talk have made strong showings among critics’ groups and at the Golden Globes. Meanwhile, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is well on its way to making Peter Ramsey the first black director to win an Academy Award for best animated feature. This on the heels of Get Out, which last year made Jordan Peele the first black screenwriter to win the best-original-screenplay trophy—ahead of Lee.
Film  Whites  Blacks  Racism 
february 2019 by dbourn
Green Book and the Importance of Feeling Bad
You don’t walk out of Green Book with a sense of urgency or any introspection. You’re supposed to walk out of it smiling because Tony Lip and Don Shirley became buddies despite their differences. And if you’re not willing to challenge your audience on the issue of race, especially in 2019, then what’s the point?
Film  Whites  White  Supremacy  Oscars  Racism  Green  Book 
february 2019 by dbourn
The Nazi salute picture that divided an American town
Baraboo, Wisconsin. A photo of boys from the school giving what appears to be a Nazi salute before prom went viral.
Amid a series of community meetings, some in Baraboo are pressing for a collective apology from the boys even if it is accompanied by an acceptance that their salutes were more a prank than an endorsement of fascism. Others regard them as victims subject to a form of lynching with their futures tarnished by accusations of sympathy for white supremacy. Some students even appeared to endorse the photo after it was posted on social media with the hashtag #barabooproud.
The origins of the photograph remain debated and disputed even by those who were there.
Pastor Dan Gunderson of Walnut Hill Bible church said, “There’s a desire to have a narrative of small-town America being impacted by the presidency of Donald Trump and neo-Nazism and antisemitism and white supremacy,” he said.
Gunderson wrote a Facebook posting under the heading “I Stand with Our Baraboo Boys” which was quickly read across the city and came to mark out the divisions.
The pastor thinks it is the boys who are owed an apology. “These boys are branded racists when they’re not. This branding isn’t just for now. In just a snapshot they are completely redefined and their futures are in jeopardy. Some of these boys come from extremely liberal homes. Parents – tough, tough guys – are coming to me with tears saying, ‘What’s going to happen to my son coming out of this?’” said Gunderson. “Nobody cares to hear it but I think these boys feel like they survived something. They’re traumatised. They’re scared.”
Marcy Huffaker sees Gunderson’s framing of the issue as support or otherwise for the young men in the photograph as avoiding the consequences of their actions.
“It felt to us like you’re either with the boys, and you want to protect the boys, or you’re against the boys,” she said. “But I’m not sure it really matters what their intentions were at this point because it’s a fact of that photo that has done such hurt.”
Baraboo brought in a rabbi, Laurie Zimmerman, from the state capital, Madison, who pressed the Jewish concept of restorative justice that would require the boys to acknowledge the harm they have done and make amends.
“This concept of teshuvah carries with it the recognition that we all make mistakes. We all do things we wish we hadn’t done,” she said.
But lawyers are advising the teenagers and their families that in light of the police investigation and general climate they should not make any public statement and certainly not apologise.
Eva Huffaker is uncertain about how she feels about the students whose lives are likely to be defined by that one moment captured by the camera.
“We were at a community gathering and someone was comparing them to sexual assault victims and Parkland shooter victims. That did not seem right. I understand that they have gotten threats for their lives and they are a victim in that sense. And their whole futures are basically affected by this. But they got themselves into this,” she said.
“While they may not know the full effect of how hurtful that gesture is, they know who used it. They know, and a majority of the people in the picture still chose to do it.”
Whites  Racism  Jews  WI 
january 2019 by dbourn
Before Trump, Steve King Set the Agenda for the Wall and Anti-Immigrant Politics
Representative Steve King of Iowa, a 69-year-old former bulldozer operator with a combative manner, who has been elected nine times, helped write the book on white identity politics that are ascendant in Mr. Trump’s Republican Party.
Mr. King, in the interview, said he was not a racist. He pointed to his Twitter timeline showing him greeting Iowans of all races and religions in his Washington office.
At the same time, he said, he supports immigrants who enter the country legally and fully assimilate because what matters more than race is “the culture of America” based on values brought to the United States by whites from Europe. “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” Mr. King said.
Tom Tancredo, a former Colorado congressman who once held the most conservative views in official Washington on immigration, calling for a moratorium on even legal immigrants, said he “handed the baton to Steve King” when he left the House in 2008.
Elected to Congress in 2002, Mr. King attracted the attention of hate-watch groups like the Anti-Defamation League as he spoke increasingly about preserving “Western culture” or “Western civilization.” The groups consider those buzzwords that signal support to white nationalists, along with an obsession with birthrates and abortion rates among different ethnic groups.

“He uses the concepts of either ‘culture’ or ‘civilization’ to obfuscate that he’s talking about whiteness and race,” said Lawrence Rosenthal, chairman of the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies.
In 2011, Mr. King objected to the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to cover contraception. “That’s not constructive to our culture and our civilization,” he said in a speech in the House. “If we let our birthrate get down below the replacement rate, we’re a dying civilization.”
He spoke of “the Great Replacement,” a conspiracy theory on the far right that claims shadowy elites are working behind the scenes to reduce white populations to minorities in their own countries.

“Great replacement, yes,” Mr. King said in the interview. “These people walking into Europe by ethnic migration, 80 percent are young men.”

The accusation that a “great replacement” of whites is underway — which conspiracy theorists often link to prominent Jews like George Soros — animated the torch-carrying white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, who chanted, “You will not replace us” and “Jews will not replace us.”
Steve  King  Congress  Whites  White  Supremacy  Racism 
january 2019 by dbourn
In 'Fantastic Beasts', J.K. Rowling Fails at Writing Characters of Colour
Rowling fails to create empathetic, three-dimensional portrayals of her characters of colour.
Rowling’s greatest flaw as a scriptwriter is Nagini’s submissiveness to her fate, and lack of desire to change her future. Instead, she’s pushed aside at the expense of other characters’ developments.
Rowling fails to imbue Leta, arguably the most promising character in this film, with the traits of her most successful protagonists—self-determination and resilience. Instead, Rowling unintentionally turns Leta, a mixed-race woman, into the “tragic mulatto” trope as a character born and bred of tragedy, unhappiness, and unbelonging.
Beyond Yusuf’s path for vengeance, he is yet another character of colour whose childhood trauma drives his present-day existence. Once Yusuf realizes that Corvus is dead, his character’s purpose and role in the plot is lost.
Rowling likewise glosses over the racist and colonialist history that inspires Leta’s birth, Yusuf’s revenge, and Nagini’s constant imprisonment.
Whites  Racism  Harry  Potter  Witches  Wizards  Fiction  Literature 
december 2018 by dbourn
Indians and Harry Potter (Dear JK Rowling: We’re Still Here)
None of the Native American “characters” in Rowling’s story of the founding of Ilvermorny had names, and were only mentioned in passing. Only 2 tribes out of literally hundreds are named: Narragansett and Wampanoag. But Isolt Sayre, the founder and an Irish woman, sure had a hell of a backstory. The story in itself normalizes colonialism, and makes it sound, again, like we welcomed the European invaders with open arms: a lie that continues to be perpetuated by white people who don’t want to acknowledge that America is stolen land and don’t want to think about what really happened here and what continues to happen here. The description of the Ilvermorny’s humble beginnings feels so much like assimilation; they taught the Native American children the more sophisticated wand magic, of course, in exchange to learn their own ways. Something in me doubts that their ways were taken very seriously. I desperately hope you prove me wrong, Jo.

This doesn’t even begin to cover the Houses themselves. Let’s keep in mind that lions, badgers, serpents, and eagles are very much creatures you can find on the Discovery channel. Here are the Native American origins and tribal affiliations on Pukwudgies, the Wampus Cat, the Thunderbird, and Horned Serpents. Ilvermorny has nothing uniquely American about it; it’s basically American Hogwarts with Native American cultures pasted on top of it for a lazy excuse of creativity. And die-hard Potterheads, a term I used to covet, eat it all up because we are starving for more, never mind the cultural appropriation. Who cares? We have more magic. Indians aren’t relevant anymore anyway. Do they even exist? Eh, they should get over it.
She could have just treated us as human beings, ones who have character and life and humanity. She could have created her own magical creatures, like the ones she did in the world of Hogwarts, or used the ones she had before and tweaked them for regional changes. Hell, she could have even kept skinwalkers and Thunderbird and Pukwudgies– just give them the respect and the reverence and the stories that they deserve. Don’t claim them to be Animagi or goblins or phoenix relatives. Name the tribes they come from. Don’t make them servants to the white settlers. They’re not yours to commodify, or to give permission to your fans to commodify. Because when I see people write “I’m a Thunderbird!!” in the comment section of a Buzzfeed article and try to compare them to the Hogwarts houses Rowling created, it just hurts.
Harry  Potter  Fiction  Whites  Indians  Witches  Wizards  Literature 
december 2018 by dbourn

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