Posts Tagged ‘ racism ’

America’s Enduring Caste System – The New York Times

hat tip to Sarah

Kamala Harris Is Done Explaining Racism – The New York Times

NOAM CHOMSKY : “Trump’s ideology consists of two letters : me” – YouTube

America’s Racial Contract Is Showing – The Atlantic

The pandemic has exposed the bitter terms of our racial contract, which deems certain lives of greater value than others.

Source: America’s Racial Contract Is Showing – The Atlantic

Simone de Beauvoir: 1975 Interview (English Subs) – YouTube

Root Out Corruption (Warren for President Campaign Ad) – YouTube

Michelle Obama: ‘I can’t make people not afraid of black people’ | TheHill

Michelle Obama says she “can’t make people not afraid of black people,” but can “pick away at the scabs of discrimination” through her life’s work.

Source: Michelle Obama: ‘I can’t make people not afraid of black people’ | TheHill

Noam Chomsky: To Make the US a Democracy, the Constitution Itself Must Change

While progressive in many ways by the standards of the day, the U.S. was founded on two brutal racist principles: the most hideous system of slavery in human history, the source of much of its wealth (and England’s too), and the need to rid the national territory of Native Americans, whom the Declaration of Independence explicitly describes as “the merciless Indian savages,” and whom the framers saw as barring the expansion of the “superior” race.

Immigrants … were supposed to be white immigrants — in fact, basically “Anglo-Saxon,” in accord with weird racist myths of the founding fathers that persisted through the 19th century.

Source: Noam Chomsky: To Make the US a Democracy, the Constitution Itself Must Change

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ‘This could be the beginning of a revolution’ | Books | The Guardian

Adichie grilling Hillary Clinton at PEN America’s World Voices Festival, New York, April, 2018. Photograph:Karsten Moran/New York Times/Redux/eyevine

One of the most compelling injunctions in Adichie’s manifestos is to encourage girls to “reject likability”. “Oh my God, all that time wasted,” she says with feeling, that boys and men do not waste. Clinton and “all the harping on about whether or not she is ‘likable’,” is the perfect example of how she had to persuade friends that sexism was at work. “It is still very upsetting to me. I don’t care how much societies tell themselves that they are progressive, the kind of criticism that Clinton gets from the very progressive left, I think is terrible. People now say to her ‘shut up and go away’ – that whole idea of silencing women. I kind of like what’s happening to her now, it feels as though that ‘fuck it’ I wish she had said before, she seems to be saying now.”

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One group who didn’t seem swayed by how much they found Clinton likable was black American women, 90% of whom voted for her in the election.

The bestselling author says she never wanted to become a voice for feminism, but refuses to abide by ‘language orthodoxy’

Source: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ‘This could be the beginning of a revolution’ | Books | The Guardian

Zeitgeist Spam: “From Most Hated to American Hero: The Whitewashing of Martin Luther King Jr.” by Michael Harriot, reposted from The Root

Sculptor Lei Yixin stands on top of a scaffolding to observe the statue of Martin Luther King Jr. on Aug. 1, 2013, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Image)

Source: Zeitgeist Spam: “From Most Hated to American Hero: The Whitewashing of Martin Luther King Jr.” by Michael Harriot, reposted from The Root