Here’s a thought and a prayer

I went to bed thinking about the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.  There was talk of a racist manifesto and the murderer writing about the “invasion of Hispanics.”  El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen told reporters, “(It has) a nexus to potential hate crime.”  #WhiteSupremacistTerrorism was trending on Twitter.  This morning, #TrumpsTerrorists has replaced […]

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Putting Race In Its Place

“We must constantly and critically explain the purpose, perversity and persistence of race as a relatively new category in modern history if we are to address racism effectively.” ~ David Roediger, How Race Survived U.S. History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon I am reminded often of the importance of this daily call […]

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Race Fact #19: Defining Race Again and Again

Race must be defined again and again.  It is in so doing that race is not allowed to redefine us.  We must continue to remind ourselves of what race is.  This will also inform us as to what race is not.  If we do not maintain this practice, we will be subjected to its power […]

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Race Fact #18: Whiteness As Personal Property

Whiteness is personal “property” not a physical reality. “As late as the beginning of the seventeenth century, male northern European elites did not see themselves as physically white, and were further from imagining that the word ‘white’ had uses as a noun. …The notion that one could own a skin color– what the legal scholar […]

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Race Fact #17: What are stereotypes?

What are stereotypes? “Stereotypes, however inaccurate, are one form of representation.  Like fictions, they are created to serve as substitutions, standing in for what is real.  They are there not to tell it like it is but to invite and encourage pretense.  They are a fantasy, a projection onto the Other that makes them less […]

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How Race Survived U.S. History

The incomparable David Roediger talks about race in the United States.  He is an exceptional scholar on race and whiteness studies.

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