Where Do We Direct Our Criticism?

I've noticed a pattern of affirming African American activists' goals---i.e. the wrongness of the oppression and barriers they face---while at the same time questioning their methods and the actions they take. We see this today, in opposition to Black Lives Matter. We saw this in the 1960s, in opposition to the civil rights movement. But this pattern wasn't new even then.You can see this pattern here, in an evangelical article from the 1920s: We remember reading, years ago, the report of a … [Read more...]


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Confederate Monuments and “Historical Vandalism”

This weekend torch-wielding protesters chanted Nazi slogans as they rallied in defense of a statue of Robert E. Lee which the Charlottesville City Council recently voted to remove. What may be less known is that Corey Stewart, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, has also spoken out in defense of the statue. "You cannot revise history. Only tyrants attempt to erase history. This is tantamount to denouncing your own heritage," Stewart said...."I will do whatever I need to, both now and … [Read more...]


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On Solving Racial Inequalities

A recent article assessing the state of South African racial inequalities more than two decades after apartheid provides an opportunity to think about the current state of inequalities in our own country. The article begins as follows: Despite claims to the contrary, a study of black ownership on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange shows clearly that black South Africans remain small time players. According to a recent study, only 23% of the shares traded on the exchange are held – directly and indi … [Read more...]


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Local Media Punts on White Supremacism

Have a look at this social media post by ABC7 Sarasota:The post features a picture of a flier featuring a young blond girl and this text: The greatest con-job of the 20th century was allowing America's enemies to convince whites that it's morally wrong to love and support their own race. #whitelivesmatter These fliers are similar to other "alt right" white supremacist literature that has been found in many areas of the country since Donald Trump moved the Overton window on race last y … [Read more...]


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San People Create Research Code

Check this out, from last month: Scientists have studied the San people of Southern Africa for decades, intrigued by their age-old rituals and ancient genetic fingerprints. Now, after more than a century of being scrutinized by science, the San are demanding something back. Earlier this month the group unveiled a code of ethics for researchers wishing to study their culture, genes, or heritage. You can read the full San Code of Research Ethics for yourself. But I was struck, as I read this … [Read more...]


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Is Xenophobia Really This Normative?

Check out this tweet, from earlier this month:Text of tweet by @SteveKingIA: Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies. How is it now publicly acceptable for a U.S. Congressman to tweet something like this? The nativism, xenophobia, and racism incumbent in such a statement is startling. This isn't marginal figure. This is a U.S. Congressmen from Iowa.Who are "our" babies? Because last I … [Read more...]


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Say What Now? Republicans on Discrimination.

Growing up in a white evangelical conservative Republican home, I remember my parents saying that my brothers, as white males, were the most discriminated against demographic in society. People in any other demographic, he said, would get hired before they did. I was also given to believe that evangelical Christians face persecution in the United States today. All of this is to say that even as a nonreligious progressive today, these graphs from a recent PRRI survey weren't a complete su … [Read more...]


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