Topic | anti-black racism

The Prophet of Ferguson

…The truth is that this country does not know what to do with its black population now that the blacks are no longer a source of wealth, are no longer to be bought and sold and bred like cattle; and they especially do not know what to do with young black men…It is not accidental […]

No Simple Answers to Achieving Racial Justice But One

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I’ve been reading transcripts of six months worth of episodes of the Big Five Sunday political talk shows to wrap my mind around how these shows talk about people of color. The excerpts on African Americans reveal some predictable trends. Among them, that one of the most popular “solutions” to intergenerational poverty in African American […]

Model Minority Suicide: Five Reasons, Five Ways

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It’s time to kill the Asian American model minority myth, and I mean really kill it. That myth is one of the tenets of American racism, used repeatedly for decades to promote the idea that racism and structural racial disadvantage are either non-existent or at least entirely surmountable, while suggesting that some people of color, […]

The Many Lives of the “Culture of Poverty”

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When Paul Ryan said, …the tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and there so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with…” another battle […]

The Model Minority is a Lever of White Supremacy

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The Asian American model minority myth has been getting a lot of attention lately. Articles like this one, in Colorlines, and posts here on Race Files like this one and this one are just a few among a growing number of attempts to speak to the origins and meaning of the Asian American model minority. […]

On Asian American Privilege

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The explosion of online race talk about Asian Americans lately is enough to make your head spin. Are we progressive or conservative? Are we rich or poor? Are we privileged or oppressed? And the thorniest of all: are we allies or colluders on the question of anti-blackness? The challenge of discussing race on Twitter is […]

Where I Come From

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White supremacy works best when we’re isolated from each other. When I ask people where their politics come from, it’s because I’m hoping to find something in common, those places of overlap in how our hearts and minds are constructed, and the political commitments rooted therein. As uncomfortable as it is, it’s in this spirit […]

The Other Side of Anti-Black Racism

  Give me a place to stand on and I will move the earth – Archimedes I’ve argued in the past that the fulcrum of white supremacy is anti-black racism. A fulcrum, you probably already know, is what one rests a lever on to give it, well, leverage. Without it, a lever is just a […]

Revisiting Blackness Is the Fulcrum

No other post on this site drew as many eyes as this one, I suppose because it speaks to a fundamental truth when it comes to how racism functions and why it has been able to survive for so long. I’m often asked why I’ve focused so much more on anti-black racism than on Asians […]