Black Lives Matter, or My Fellow Whitemericans

4 10 2016

I’ve been thinking a lot about Black Lives Matter over the past couple of months, because I am alive and have at least two functioning brain cells to rub together. It’s kind of unavoidable. As I’ve thought about it, I’ve wanted to write something, but I kept thinking that as a white person, I’m an outsider, and there’s just not much I can add to the discussion. Still, my brain kept rumbling around the issue, framing it and reframing it, and I finally realized that there is something I can add, albeit not something particularly unique. As a white person, I can hopefully speak to other white people who are struggling with recent events, as well as those who have a negative view of the activists and issues of the movement. So I’m going to try to do that here.

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Leslie Jones, or I Got Questions ‘Bout Your Life If You’re So Ready to Kill

25 08 2016

I have a couple of questions for the people attacking Leslie Jones. Read the rest of this entry »





The Flag Mess, or “Cannot Deny Our Heritage”

1 07 2015

Nathan Deal is a putz. He’s dancing around removal of the Confederate Battle Flag and cessation of state recognition of Confederate Memorial Day, just like he refused to come out for or against the school in Georgia that held its first integrated prom in 2013. I guess he’s done the math and realizes that pandering to racists is political money in the bank for him. Or maybe he’s just a racist himself. That’s incendiary, I know, but there’s a real problem with his whole “we can’t deny our heritage” line, and it is that, to a great extent, what he’s advocating there is a fundamental denial of “our” heritage. At the risk of Godwinning myself, let me talk about the Nazis…

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Antonio Morgan, or The Beat Goes On

22 06 2015

I advise everyone to read the part of this article┬áthat discusses Antonio Morgan. You can skip the stuff at the beginning about Hillary Clinton and Michael Dukakis if you like – just scroll down until you see the photo of Mr. Morgan and pick up reading there. Read about his “criminality” and the way he’s been treated by police. Read about the sympathetic reporter’s reaction to his story. Try to think about Antonio Morgan whenever you are confronted with a story about black criminality, or an opinion piece that seeks to blame racism on some unaddressed reality within the black community.





The Birth of a Nation, or B-B-B-but Wait It Gets Worse!

22 06 2015

When I wrote my last post, I thought I’d pretty well covered the emergence and perpetuation of the lies that have let white Americans tell themselves that the “black problem” was intractable, that racism wasn’t the cause and that they had no reason to feel guilty for the continued disadvantaged status and poor treatment of black people. I thought it was pretty damning.

I wasn’t even close.

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Charleston, or The Lie and How We Told It

18 06 2015

I don’t remember where I was, but a while back, I was in a public place and heard two African American women talking about having lived in Charleston. One said she had, but not for very long. “I could hear my ancestors telling me to get out of there,” she said. Charleston was, of course, a major center of the slave trade in America. It was also, of course, the scene of a horrific racially motivated mass murder yesterday, and those two facts are linked in a way that doesn’t get talked about enough.

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I Was Wrong, or The Retraction

12 03 2015

Having now read the Department of Justice’s report on their investigation into civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, I have to admit that I was wrong in my beliefs about the death of Michael Brown. The report clearly lays out the physical and forensic evidence along with the eyewitness testimony, clearly specifying where the witnesses contradict known facts (and, in many cases, their own statements), as well as where their accounts match the evidence. Taken as a whole, the evidence supports Officer Wilson’s account, and I believe that he acted in good faith. I’ve seen at least one writer on the left put forth the idea that the report doesn’t exonerate Wilson, but by my reading, that’s just not true. Maybe they mean that the report doesn’t specifically say “Officer Wilson definitely acted reasonably and did absolutely nothing wrong,” but that was never its intent. It says (repeatedly) that no evidence supports an assertion that Wilson broke the law or that he acted unreasonably. That’s as close to an exoneration as it was ever going to come, and I think it’s fair to say that he came out clean. It’s important that we recognize and own up to instances where we were wrong, and I was in this one.

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