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White America’s racial illiteracy: Why our national conversation is poisoned from the start

FRIDAY, APR 10, 2015 01:15 AM PDT

The author of "What Does It Mean to Be White?" examines the ways white people implode when they talk about race


I am white. I have spent years studying what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. This is what I have learned: Any white person living in the United States will develop opinions about race simply by swimming in the water of our culture. But mainstream sources—schools, textbooks, media—don’t provide us with the multiple perspectives we need.

Yes, we will develop strong emotionally laden opinions, but they will not be informed opinions. Our socialization renders us racially illiterate. When you add a lack of humility to that illiteracy (because we don’t know what we don’t know), you get the break-down we so often see when trying to engage white people in meaningful conversations about race.


Social scientists understand racism as a multidimensional and highly adaptive system—a system that ensures an unequal distribution of resources between racial groups. Because whites built and dominate all significant institutions, (often at the expense of and on the uncompensated labor of other groups), their interests are embedded in the foundation of U.S. society.

While individual whites may be against racism, they still benefit from the distribution of resources controlled by their group. Yes, an individual person of color can sit at the tables of power, but the overwhelming majority of decision-makers will be white. Yes, white people can have problems and face barriers, but systematic racism won’t be one of them. This distinction—between individual prejudice and a system of unequal institutionalized racial power—is fundamental. One cannot understand how racism functions in the U.S. today if one ignores group power relations.


Geraldo Rivera Has A Very Sick Outlook Regarding The Walter Scott Murder

"I'm extremely glad that they released the dash cam video because it gives context to the event. However horrific and tragic and outrageous the shooting in the back is, it shows that it started as a righteous traffic stop," Rivera said on "Fox and Friends."

Rivera said that Scott "was acting very hinky, very edgy" and that he allegedly struggled with Slager after the officer used his stun gun.

"So, up until that point the cop, with his adrenaline pumping, now he's been in a physical tussle, now the perpetrator has reached for the taser, allegedly. Now it gives you the context of his blood boiling," Rivera said. "He has done everything professional and now ... this civilian has dared to physically have this altercation with the officer."

"Put that in the officer's head now. I think it saves him from the murder rap," Rivera said.

So Slager deserves a medal or something?


sorry about the rather stark error,

"To Protect And Serve"

KRUGMAN: No To Privatization- Social Security works very well. And we should build on that success.

Where Government Excels
APRIL 10, 2015


Maybe we wouldn’t need Social Security if ordinary people really were the perfectly rational, farsighted agents economists like to assume in their models (and right-wingers like to assume in their propaganda). In an idealized world, 25-year-old workers would base their decisions about how much to save on a realistic assessment of what they will need to live comfortably when they’re in their 70s. They’d also be smart and sophisticated in how they invested those savings, carefully seeking the best trade-offs between risk and return.


And in the real world of retirement, Social Security is a shining example of a system that works. It’s simple and clean, with low operating costs and minimal bureaucracy. It provides older Americans who worked hard all their lives with a chance of living decently in retirement, without requiring that they show an inhuman ability to think decades ahead and be investment whizzes as well. The only problem is that the decline of private pensions, and their replacement with inadequate 401(k)-type plans, has left a gap that Social Security isn’t currently big enough to fill. So why not make it bigger?

Needless to say, suggestions along these lines are already provoking near-hysterical reactions, not just from the right, but from self-proclaimed centrists. As I wrote some years ago, calling for cuts to Social Security has long been seen inside the Beltway as a “badge of seriousness, a way of showing how statesmanlike and tough-minded you are.” And it’s only a decade since former President George W. Bush tried to privatize the program, with a lot of centrist support.

But true seriousness means looking at what works and what doesn’t. Privatized retirement schemes work very badly; Social Security works very well. And we should build on that success.


Walter Scott: The 5 Lies Police Told


Race Baiter


Leaving Jamaica.....


amazing pic, mho:
from: http://theobamadiary.com/

CNN: "Walter Scott was shot dead like a runaway slave"


— one could say that Slager shot Scott like a dog. But then again, dogs usually are not treated this badly
--- But the man was shot like a runaway slave.


Maybe there should be a "Maximum Wage"!


"Stop or I'll shoot!" now has a whole new meaning

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