The urge to use the moral force of the black struggle to address broader inequalities originates in both compassion and pragmatism. But it makes for ambiguous policy.
Liberals today mostly view racism not as an active, distinct evil but as a relative of white poverty and inequality. They ignore the long tradition of this country actively punishing black success—and the elevation of that punishment, in the mid-20th century, to federal policy. President Lyndon Johnson may have noted in his historic civil-rights speechContinue reading “Race & Racism are Prime Social Forces, Trumping Class & Classism”
For the next 250 years, American law worked to reduce black people to a class of untouchables and raise all white men to the level of citizens. In 1650, Virginia mandated that “all persons except Negroes” were to carry arms. In 1664, Maryland mandated that any Englishwoman who married a slave must live as aContinue reading “White Supremacist Slavery & Its Racial Caste System”
If we conclude that the conditions in North Lawndale and black America are not inexplicable but are instead precisely what you’d expect of a community that for centuries has lived in America’s crosshairs, then what are we to make of the world’s oldest democracy? (Ta-Nehasi Coates, The Case for Reparations)
The Actual Article The Case for Reparations – The Atlantic
This is the great global unresolved ethical issue of our time. The Case for Reparations: An Intellectual Autopsy – Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Atlantic
Excellent piece by @profragsdale, Expectations for Classroom Presence… Aka, ‘To shuck, to jive or lean-in and thrive?’ Why Is My Prof Annoyed With Me?
Hip Hop Critique of America’s Social Contract… Analytic, Prescriptive, socially-grounded Hip Hop by Pharoahe Monch! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)
Man of Morehouse voices Perspective on National Events including the state of American Unions. Man of Morehouse voices Perspective on National Events