Calling out the racists

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Hello There, Racists!

From the same people who brought you White People Mourning Romney, comes another great tumblr. This one is bold, but it’s about time. It calls out the names and locations (and hilarious pictures) of the folks who spout off the racist shit you’ve been seeing on Twitter and Facebook since the re-election.

I’m a big believer in public shaming and most of these folks are just kids in high school who really don’t know any better, but they’re not going to learn any better from their parents, so let the public shaming begin!

What is being white?

It’s become customary to suppose that a measure of discrimination is built into whiteness itself, a racial category that has often functioned as a purely negative designation: to be white in America is to be not nonwhite, which is why it was possible, in 1961, for a white woman from Kansas living in Hawaii to give birth to a black baby. In a marvellously splenetic essay, “On Being White . . . And Other Lies,” James Baldwin argued that America had, really, “no white community”—only a motley alliance of European immigrants and their descendants, who made a “moral choice” (even if they didn’t realize it) to join a synthetic racial élite…

In 1994, the white labor historian David R. Roediger published an incendiary volume, “Towards the Abolition of Whiteness.” Paying special attention to unions and strikes, he traced the unsteady growth of American whiteness, a category that eventually included many previous identities that had once been considered marginal: Irish, Italian, Polish, Jewish. “It is not merely that whiteness is oppressive and false; it is that whiteness is nothing but oppressive and false,” he wrote. “Whiteness describes, from Little Big Horn to Simi Valley, not a culture but precisely the absence of culture. It is the empty and therefore terrifying attempt to build an identity based on what one isn’t and on whom one can hold back.” In his view, fighting racism wasn’t enough; white people who wanted to oppose oppression would have to do battle with whiteness itself.

Rich Benjamin, Nell Irvin Painter, and white culture : The New Yorker

It’s important to understand this before one can begin to talk about race. This is lesson one, right here.

Poll Suggests Obama’s Term Is Altering Views on Race – NYTimes.com

“With him as president, people seem to be working together toward the same goals and that has helped race relations,” she said. “Before there was more of a separation, blacks working for black goals and whites for white goals. Obama has helped change the perception of blacks in a positive way, but it’s also the times. ‘’

via Poll Suggests Obama’s Term Is Altering Views on Race – NYTimes.com.

So it begins…

The election of America's first black president has triggered more than 200 hate-related incidents, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center – a record in modern presidential elections. Moreover, the white nationalist movement, bemoaning an election that confirmed voters' comfort with a multiracial demography, expects Mr. Obama's election to be a potent recruiting tool – one that watchdog groups warn could give new impetus to a mostly defanged fringe element.

via After Obama’s win, white backlash festers in US | csmonitor.com

Obama Bucks

“I didn’t see it the way that it’s being taken. I never connected,” she said. “It was just food to me. It didn’t mean anything else.”

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