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Dr. King explains why racial justice cannot be divorced from any discussion of economic fairness


White America must see that no other ethnic group has been a slave on American soil. That is one thing that other immigrant groups havenít had to face. The other thing is that color became a stigma. American society made the Negroís color a stigma and that can never be overlooked. So I think these things are absolutely necessarily.

The other thing is that America freed the slaves in ... 1863 through the Emancipation Proclamation of Abraham Lincoln, but gave the slaves no land, or nothing in reality as a matter of fact to get started on. But at the same time, America was giving away millions of acres of land in the west and the Midwest, which meant, that there was a willingness to give the white peasants from Europe an economic base. And yet it refused to give its black peasants from Africa who came here involuntarily, in chains, and had worked free for 244 years, any kind of economic base.
And when white Americans tell the Negro to lift himself by his bootstraps, they donít look over the legacy of slavery and segregation ... But itís a cruel jest to tell a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps. And many Negroes by the thousands and millions have been left bootless as a result of all of these years of oppression and as a result of a society that deliberately made his color a stigma and something worthless and degrading.

WP's Colbert King: #LivingWhileBlack

This is a great piece ending with a terrific suggestion.

And you donít need to have your own story to tell to do this. You can simply go to #LivingWhileBlack and read the stories and retweet them to your networks. This is a simple but very effective thing you can do as an ally in the fight for racial fairness and justice.

Roseanne Barr is not the problem. Sheís just a symptom.

Most African Americans will never find themselves on the receiving end of Barr-like racist tweets. (Though some of my incoming emails might curl your toes.) The likelihood of blacks encountering a mob of white men in hoods is rather slim. So, too, the experience of having molotov cocktails enter the house through the kitchen window. Most black lives will not be ended by a police bullet.

But the sting of racism is a constant presence in times and places where black people live, move, and have their being. The little, sharp, quick pains can be felt at anytime and anywhere: in the workplace, while shopping, in restaurants, even churches. They are delivered through the insidious weapon of ignoring a black colleague on the job, a black shopper at the counter, or the black family in a white neighborhood.

The wounding message: What you have to offer on the job is barely tolerable or worthless; you are unnoticed standing there waiting to be served; the white shopper, white colleague, white neighbor is more important.

The sting is felt in the social reception where no one speaks to you. It is displayed in the body language and attitude of the white server who wishes you were someplace else. Racism is embodied in the stereotyping that holds black males out to be suspicious, dangerous and untrustworthy ó and black women to be loose and jaded ... Most of these slights, insults and covert nonverbal, racial microaggressions ... donít quite rise to the level of a formal complaint or a trip to the human resources office. But they are there, pervasive, like the air.

The hashtag #LivingWhileBlack speaks to the breadth and depth of embedded racism in the country. We can use it. Take to Twitter to let other folks of color know they are not alone. Use social media through personal accounts to unmask the magnitude of racism in the workplace, in social life and where we pray. Cite chapter and verse, and name names.

Re Wypipo and Divisiveness

Folk keep insisting that the term "Whypipo" is "divisive." but all I get back are meta definitions such as "It's divisive because it causes division."

So I'm going to try one more time.

What exactly is "divisive" about the term "Wypipo?"


1. Who does it divide and what does that division look like/mean?

2. If the term "Wypipo" causes a divide, what was the layout of views about race, racism, discrimination, privilege before the word turned up on DU a couple of weeks ago? Were the people who are now divided as set forth in the response to Question 1 all on the same side of these issues with no disagreements or dissent between them but now are different sides because someone began discussing the word on DU?

3. If you consider yourself to be an ally in the fight for racial justice, has the fact that a stranger whom you don't know and will likely never meet wrote the term "Wypipo" on an anonymous online discussion board changed your opinion, perspective or behavior vis a vis racial justice?

4. If your answer to Question 3 is yes, please explain how your opinion, perspective or behavior vis a vis racial justice has changed in the past couple of weeks? For example, did the word "Wypipo" make you less likely to continue fighting for racial justice? D

I look forward to actually getting some real answers, finally, to my very simple request that the people who keep using the term "divisive" define your term - and disabuse us of the notion that "divisive" means nothing more than "You're talking about race in a way that makes me uncomfortable."


Is it me?

Or does anyone else think that Michael Cohen sounds like a wimpy, obnoxious kid who grew up, got some money and clout and now acts like a bully, throws his weight around, talks the way he thinks that really macho man sound?
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