US Politics

Sep. 7th, 2017 08:26 pm
muccamukk: An orange life ring floating in the sea. (Lights: Lifering)
[personal profile] muccamukk
I don't talk about politics much here, but this article is the best thing I've read in two years of dealing with Donald Trump in the media.

The First White President by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Nevertheless, the argument that America’s original sin was not deep-seated white supremacy but rather the exploitation of white labor by white capitalists—“white slavery”—proved durable. Indeed, the panic of white slavery lives on in our politics today. Black workers suffer because it was and is our lot. But when white workers suffer, something in nature has gone awry.

Date: 2017-09-08 05:36 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
He is such an amazing writer.

Date: 2017-09-08 09:14 am (UTC)
spiralsheep: Remember guys, magic is more realistic than black people (sugargroupie Magic realer than Black Peo)
From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
I read that yesterday. Ta-Nehisi Coates' analyses are usually outstanding and that's a good take.

President Lyndon B. Johnson said it snappier though: "If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."

Date: 2017-09-08 04:22 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep: Martha laughing (Martha Laughing)
From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
Lol, binaries! :-D

The irony here is that I actually disagree with Ta Nehisi-Coates on many economic issues because he's a middle class liberal while I'm a working class leftie, so my perfect world includes extensive class-based redistribution of wealth and not only reparations from white to Black, but he's still better on intersectional issues than almost anyone else who reaches the audiences he can reach via his platforms.

Date: 2017-09-08 06:17 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep: Martha laughing (Martha Laughing)
From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
It's an essay from a book he wrote as part of the literary tradition of letters to the future, in this case to his son. Some partisan people will inevitably argue it fits certain current (actually past ffs show some forward thinking oldmemers) political positions but that would be to take one specific analytical perspective and try to use it to "prove" a wider hypothesis that it doesn't support. It's an intentionally very specific partial analysis of one influence (the intersection of race and class for part/s of the electorate) on one notable recent rise to political power, not a comprehensive mathematical breakdown of voting in the 2016 presidential elections across all voters, lol. It offers views but no solutions (although the author's preferred solution of reparations is implied, obv), which is one of the reasons it will be popular with partisans who want to push their own solutions (mostly Nice White Liberals who want to solve racism through the power of wishful thinking with no economic or social movement!!1!!). ::shrugs::

I sympathise with you about your pay. And the brexit £ exchange rate officially = 1 autumn leaf. :-/

Date: 2017-09-09 03:26 am (UTC)
lynnenne: (politics: fight the power)
From: [personal profile] lynnenne
Certainly not every Trump voter is a white supremacist, just as not every white person in the Jim Crow South was a white supremacist. But every Trump voter felt it acceptable to hand the fate of the country over to one.

YES, THIS. They can cry, "But I'm not racist!" (or "I'm not sexist!") until judgement day, but it doesn't make them innocent. Anyone who voted for Trump is a collaborator.

Fantastic essay, thanks for linking to it.
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