For fearful ruling classes, political order depended on their ability to forge an alliance between, as Hannah Arendt wrote, “capital and mob,” between rich and powerful whites and those rendered superfluous by industrial capitalism. Exclusion or degradation of nonwhite peoples seemed one way of securing dignity for those marginalized by economic and technological shifts.
panicky white bros not only virulently denounce identity politics and political correctness — code for historically scorned peoples’ daring to propose norms about how they are treated; they also proclaim ever more rowdily that the (white) West was, and is, best.
the religion of whiteness increasingly resembles a suicide cult. Mr. Trump’s trade wars, sanctions, border walls, deportations, denaturalizations and other 11th-hour battles seem to push us all closer to the “terrible probability” James Baldwin once outlined: that the rulers of the “higher races,” “struggling to hold on to what they have stolen from their captives, and unable to look into their mirror, will precipitate a chaos throughout the world which, if it does not bring life on this planet to an end, will bring about a racial war such as the world has never seen.”
The Religion of Whiteness Becomes a Suicide Cult https://nyti.ms/2wreCQ4
A sad series of arrested for X while Black stories have been bubbling up to the national stage lately, but it feels like the right audience isn’t seeing them.
Being forced to interact with police simply because someone is a person of color isn’t new. National news stories about this seem more common, but that is an issue of awareness and perspective as much as it is an actual trend. Unfortunately these stories seem to fall into the same pattern as gun control articles in that they provoke justified outrage but seem to have little impact.
It feels as though it doesn’t matter how many stories are written; change comes slowly if at all. The last time the staff here at NobodyisFlyingthePlane saw a story about a doctor (and person of color) being falsely arrested, he ended up drinking a beer with his racist arrestor and the President. Hard to say if that helped improve things.
The latest story of a business owner (and Dr.) being arrested at his own restaurant for helping drunk white women while black suggests that not much improvement has taken place.
BTW both stories took place in Blue cities in Blue states.
What can we do to keep this type of story from falling into the same unhelpful pattern as gun violence stories?
A Black Restaurant Owner Says He Tried Assisting a White Patron in Distress. Cops Arrested Him. https://nyti.ms/2wEc4OF
This is not a drill. The 1% are likely to achieve a permanent state of dominance by 2030.
“If we don’t take steps to rewrite the rules of how our economies work, then we condemn ourselves to a future that remains unequal for good,” he said. “That’s morally bad, and economically disastrous, risking a new explosion in instability, corruption and poverty.”
A look at some of the mechanisms that create our distinctions between like people and ‘others’.
It’s common in this country to look down the socio-economic ladder and blame people beneath us for their circumstances while we look up the ladder and lionize the wealthy as better, worthy, and more deserving. Until we overcome this prejudice against the poor we’re not going to come up with solutuons which actually do long term good.
Research consistently finds that Americans exhibit a disturbing level of antipathy towards those on the economic margins. in the case of people living in poverty, it creates manmade barriers to the social inclusion and economic mobility of vulnerable people and communities.
Othering uses bonds of shared identity to deny empathy and a sense of belonging to others. It gives elites and dominant groups an excuse to see social problems as distant pathologies, rather than soluble crises affecting people who are like them.
if we continue to see these brothers and sisters of ours as people who do not really belong in our country, we are not likely to support policies that actually lift them up into economic self-sufficiency.
the equal dignity of all people. And that entails a deliberate, conscious effort to bridge the growing physical, cultural, and emotional gaps that increasingly set low-income people apart as something other than the rest of America.
We are a nation comprised of people with huge variation in our racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds—and in our current economic status. But there are many things we share, and not least among them is the fact that almost everyone is descended from people whose families experienced poverty and marginalization. We respect our ancestors by recognizing and claiming today’s poor people as our brothers and sisters, and by rebuilding a society and an economy capable of creating greater justice for everyone.
Pro life hypocrisy exposed again. Conservatives are consumate and continual liars. The guy who just sponsored legislation to limit womens’ reproductive rights asked his girlfriend to get an abortion.
It’s almost as if these men are fighting to make abortion a crime because they’re more invested in curtailing women’s options and controlling their bodies than they are with saving innocent lives.
But what Mr. Murphy’s moral flexibility ultimately reveals is that, for these particular hard-line anti-abortion politicians, it’s not about fetal pain or the sanctity of life. It’s all about control — whether you’re telling a woman she can’t have an abortion, or forcing a woman to get one.
The Flagrant Sexual Hypocrisy of Conservative Men https://nyti.ms/2yNsnaw