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On Privilege, Projection and Pathology: A recent debate between Jonathan Chait and Ta-Nehisi Coates reveals the misconceptions that rule America’s understanding of race and poverty

I agree with Ta-Nehisi Coates. Conservatives and liberals alike prefer to focus on perceived deficits in black and brown people than on structural racism and the concepts of white supremacy that undergird it as the principal reasons for disparate conditions and outcomes for many blacks and Hispanics. White privilege means not having to think about the many ways the lives of those who are classified as white are enhanced and protected by the subjugation and exclusion of racial minorities. White privilege provides white ethnics escape from the stigma of poverty – as historian Nell Irvin Painter aptly distinguishes, “Not all black people are poor, but among the people in America defined by race, black people tend to be the poorest.” Continue reading

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Obama Exhales Slowly………………..

I was not disappointed by the President’s statements, I applaud and commend them. By talking about the issue the way he did, he framed it in a way that resonates strongly with me – as a racial justice issue. Regardless of how one feels about the efficacy of making marijuana legally available for adult consumption, there is no question that our current policies and efforts to enforce them are hurting African-American and Latino youth. It’s ironic, a majority of the Beltway media (particularly those over 50) are primarily concerned about the effect marijuana legalization could have on children – as if the hundreds of thousands of children of color that are negatively affected by marijuana prohibition don’t exist. I guess in their world, they don’t count. Continue reading

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A Hallelujah Moment! Justice for Clarence Aaron and Seven Others Serving Time for Crack Cocaine Offenses

Clarence Aaron has been in prison for 20 years, at 42, he’s spent almost as much of his life behind bars as he spent a free man. We can’t give him back the years he lost or the years lost by the other seven men and women who were victims of racially biased crack cocaine sentencing laws, but we can move affirmatively to reduce the injustice to future generations. Continue reading

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Gating the Debate about Race……………

I’ve got a new term to add to the American colloquial lexicon: Gating – to close off discussion of a sensitive cultural or political issue (e.g. race, torture, abortion) by declaring an incident a “teachable moment” sitting down for a … Continue reading

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