In the wake of Jon Ossof's loss to Karen Handel in Georgia's sixth district, certain segments of the left have resurrected an old debate about the relationship between "Identity politics" and "class politics." I find this debate tedious, but it keeps happening so I'll engage it. First, a definition of terms: When I say "class … Continue reading Why leftists should shut the fuck up about “Identity politics”
Dear Ms. Sherman, When I read your reflection in The American Conservative I was so sorry to hear that you had mistaken the museum at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello for a monument to the Declaration of Independence. This mistake clearly caused much despair to you, and I suspect, to your unwitting children, who later found themselves flung … Continue reading An open letter to White people who tire of hearing about slavery when they visit slave plantations: especially Suzanne Sherman.
August 20, 1619, Jamestown, Virginia Colony, “Twenty and odd negars,” disembark a Dutch Man o’ War. Strange colored men speaking grotesque tongues surround them; all about, the ring and grate of clanging chains. The vast, green Virginia wilderness looms ahead of them filled with menace, the uncrossable Atlantic rages behind them, its depths, the unscalable … Continue reading 8/20/1619: The founding date of Black America is a historical fiction, why that doesn’t matter
"If Biden had allied with someone who’d defended ISIS fighters for torturing a child to death and throwing his body into the ocean, there would be no question of letting him anywhere near the White House. "
In a previous post, I traced Christendom’s roots in antisemitism and Islamophobia. Now, I will discuss how Christendom became Europe, Europe and Europeans became White and Whites became Western, in order to unmask how the Western mythology has allowed bigots to rise and seek to remake the world in their image.
What makes bigoted narratives compelling is their root in the Western intellectual tradition, the pub and the classroom share a basic idiom.
We grow the corn They give us the husk.We bake the bread They give us the crust.We raise the meat They give us the skin.And that’s the way they take us in.Naught's a naught, a figure's a figure, all's for the white man and none for the nigger- Afro-American folk rhyme Before we turn to … Continue reading Reparations and Power: How to spend ten trillion dollars
"Where is the Black man's government?Where is his king and his kingdom?Where is his president, his country, and his ambassador, his army, his navy, his men of big affairs?I could not find them, and then I declared, I will help to make them."- Marcus Mosiah Garvey When reparations for American slavery are discussed, it is often … Continue reading Reparations and power
What recommends “non-White” is not that it represents a different idea from “people of color,” but that it makes it harder to mutilate public discourse by overusing the shared idea behind both of them.