Topic | white supremacy

Racism is Like Cell Phones

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  I might’ve become one of those people who buy into the whitewashing hype that race no longer matters in America. Having grown up in the environment in which I did, if I ever commented on racism, people would typically dismiss it with, “Don’t be so touchy.” Racism was a thing of the past. The […]

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 […]

Who Gets to Be American?

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Remember Sebastien De La Cruz? He’s that 11 year old Mexican American singer who performed the National Anthem to open game 3 of the NBA final in a traditional mariachi outfit. Here’s his picture. Cute kid, right? Also a great talent. But, apparently a brown kid in a Mariachi suit isn’t very cute to some […]

The Sensitivity of White People and the Problem of Race in America

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A recent post on this site, Why Are White People So Touchy about Being Called Racist?, touched off a debate that basically served to support my general thesis that white people are, in fact, pretty damn touchy about being accused of racism. Among the responses was this one: “come on Nakagawa, you know Japanese people […]

The Obama Paradox

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I’ve gotten some grief lately over critical comments I’ve made about President Obama. Folks reference a piece I wrote a while back about why I was a supporter of Obama’s candidacy in the last election, calling on other racial justice advocates who were critical of his first term to join me. Why, folks now ask, […]

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 […]

Why I Write What I Write

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I’m often asked why I write a race blog. I get why folks ask the question. I would get more looks by writing about food justice or climate change, and I know a little something about those subjects, too. Yet I write about race. Why? I grew up in rural Hawai’i. My childhood and young […]

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 […]

Whites Won’t Give Up on Racism

Mychal Denzel Smith recently posted an article on The Nation that’s a worthy read. In it, he argues, …White people have to let go of racism. From the avowed racist, to the anti-racist activists, to the “I’m not a racist, I have two black friends” folks, to the “I don’t see color” people and everyone […]