Sam Harris has once again appointed himself a relevant arbiter on matters he is only tenuously familiar with. In a recent episode of his Waking Up podcast titled “Racism and Violence in America,” Harris shared what he believed to be enlightened ideas on racism and declared that he wanted to gain greater clarity on issues unique to the Black community.
I know Harris is a revered figure for many within atheist circles. I also know that his statements during this podcast have provided many with much consolation and a false sense of insulation from the numerous ways racism is baked into the daily ordering and social DNA of our society.
Here is my analysis of Harris’s assumptions and assertions published with The Huffington Post in an article titled What Sam Harris Gets Wrong About Racism and Violence in America.