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The Perils of Universalism

political Universalism is a scam. It is a cowardly response to the alt-right. The alt-right openly espouses white supremacy. Universalism pretends that white supremacy will end if the Left simply doesn’t mention race. From an excellent takedown of Universalism by Leo Casey in Dissent Magazine

https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/perils-of-universalism-race-clas...

 

What Liberals Get Wrong About Identity Politics

A group of black feminists met in the mid1970s to address issues that felt were being ignored by white feminists, and black, mostly male-led, Civil Rights organizations. They called themselves the Combahee River Collective. .In 1977, the group issued a statement 

When Being Black Violates the Dress Code

Braids are not offensive. There is nothing rational about banning braids from schools. A 6th year old black child was sent home from one Christian school in Florida for wearing braids.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-private-school-boys-hair-20180814-story.html

In a more recent episode, a sixth grade girl was sent home in tears because her Christian school said her braids violated policy. The case has gone to court.

White Supremacy versus Identity Politics

Almost in response to the criticism of identity politics by Fukuyama and Appiah, comes a NYT article by  Pankaj Mishra describing the cult of whiteness that limits progress. It is hard to separate issues like identity politics and cultural appropriation from white supremacy. Fukuyama and Appiah view marginalized group protest as a means of creating  identity politics in reactionaries. Mishra views identity politics as a demand of respect from marginalized groups. He views white supremacy is always in action and is always attempting to suppress ethnic minorities. 

Study Suggests Black Men Prefer Black Doctors

A Stanford study of black men receiving free preventative health care advice at a clinic in Oakland noted that the men were more likely to do testing to guide future therapy if they received advice from black male physicians. The reason included the fact that the black physician’s actually seemed to care more about the care the men received than white or Asian doctors. Compliance rates with suggestions offered by black physicians was in the 60% range compared to 40% compliance with white or Asian physicians.

Trump Toady Paris Dennard is All In for a Coup

There was a chilling exchange between Trump toady Paris Dennard and ex-CIA official Philip Mudd. Dennard agrees with the policy of revoking security clearances from people who criticize the President. He demeans the service of many brave men and women. He does not care what this does to the security of the United States. You have to watch the clip of the segments as mere words cannot transmit the horror.

A Compilation of Trump’s Tweets About Black People

 Michael Harriot at the Root analyzed all of Tweets Donald Trump directed at black people and groups. Surprisingly, there are some positive tweets about black people, mostly contestants on his Apprentice television show. Almost 2700 tweets were about President Obama. In total over 93% of Trump’s tweets about black people were negative. Harriot did an excellent job of compiling the tweets.

https://www.theroot.com/donald-trumps-tweets-about-black-people-by-the-numbers-1828150682

Museums Working to Increase the Number of Black Curators.

Museums are making efforts to create diversity in curators at their institutions. The diversity was hindered by the insular nature of many museums of unpaid internships that prevented many ethnic minority students.from acquiring skills that would help them advance through the ranks. Not surprisingly, most museum boards are majority white

Open Letter to Black Pastors Who Met with Trump

A group of black pastors wrote a letter to the pastors who attended a meeting with Donald Trump. The pastors pointed out the hypocrisy of attending the meeting

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