Topic | Ku Klux Klan

What We’re Fighting About When We Fight About Racism

A few days ago the Q-Center, Portland, Oregon’s aspiring LGBTQ community hub, hosted a discussion about racism. The event was organized in response to a mostly-online fight that erupted over a local gay bar’s Facebook ad for a performance by white drag performer, Chuck Knipp. Knipp’s bread and butter is the character, Shirley Q. Liquor, […]

More on the Accidental Racism of Brad Paisley

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Yesterday I wrote about Brad Paisley’s Accidental Racist, his musical response to accusations of racism he faced for flying the rebel flag on his chest. Its message? The past is the past. Let’s get over it and move on. But the song is worth further dissection because I think it reveals a great deal about […]

More on Racially Profiling Whites

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A friend (who I’m lucky to know because he’s so much smarter than me) commented my my post “Why Don’t We Racially Profile Whites?” pointing out that there is a white racial profile. The white racial profile is the other side of the story of the way people of color are profiled. So, for instance, […]

The Trouble With Nazis, White Nationalists, and Other Assorted Extremists

My uniform, circa 1989

Today’s Huff Post story about KKK Grand Wizard and Bonner County, Idaho sheriff candidate Shaun Winkler hosting a cross burning got me on a rant today. Clearly, we’ve got a problem with populism of the right wing variety in America. According to a 2011 report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of hate […]