Barack Obama’s success…far from disproving white power and privilege, confirms it with a vengeance.
…Whiteness is not seen as negative, as something to be conquered or transcended. Indeed, whereas blacks are being asked to rise above their racial identity, for whites, the burden is exactly the opposite: the worst thing for a white person is to fail to live up to the ostensibly high standards set by whiteness…
sterilizations for cash
“It’s a significant problem,” she said of children whose parents use drugs. “No one’s getting sterilized without sober permission.”
Addressing racism requires a new language
~Catholic News Service
Don’t restrict or limit God. That’s what happens when we don’t look to see how much beauty there is in every ethnicity. We restrict God and we must not and cannot do that…
The NYT rehashes the Democrat’s “southern problem”
The problem is not that Barack Obama is an African-American…The problem is that many older voters (not all, of course) in the South are racist. They are the problem. So rather than pointing at Barack Obama, or Northern Democrats, or the “issue of race,” let’s point at racism and racists.
Why Whites Can’t ‘Get Over’ Color
Diversity Inc’s “Ask a White Guy” Column has a wonderful response to people who are still lost in the fog of white privilege. Below is an excerpt of the letter that trigerred a journey down the United States’s legacy of white supremacy and racism. Click on the link for the full exchange.
I am a white female and I can tell you that I don’t talk about blacks for fear I will be called a racist or be called to the table, especially in the workplace, for discrimination. We (whites), at my company, are not allowed to talk about blacks or any other ethnic group because we would get fired. I will say that whites are very sensitive now because we are discriminated against. Blacks can have the NAACP, BET (Black Entertainment Television), Black History Month, United Negro College Fund, etc. If white people were to start something like the before mentioned there would be a huge uproar…
The “White Guy” responds:
Your demand that we “Get over the color!” is an expression of white privilege. It’s only possible to “get over” it if you are in the majority culture. Assuming you’re white, YOU can “get over the color!” but it’s simply not possible for people of color to get over who they are, what that means and the damage our society has purposefully done over the centuries by color.
Subtle slurs still shock, humiliate targets
Tomeika Broussard thought it was so absurd when she overheard her supervisor refer to her as a “reggin” that she just laughed. Then she realized it was the n-word spelled backward.
young Indian organizers take the chance to speak out about issues
~New America Media
“Young people need to know who they are. With Native people, at the core of that is culture and spirituality. That’s how our people have survived all the things the government has done to us.”
Nader Deals from the Bottom of the Race Card Deck
~New America Media
Nader accused Obama of saying and doing nothing to threaten the white power structure. If Nader had stopped there he might have opened up a reasoned debate on whether Obama panders to corporate interests…He asked rhetorically, “Is it because he wants to talk white?”