This article gets it right! The author addresses the rebranding of racism by (some, not all, mostly the older guard) European Americans, in such a way that they’ve managed to convince themselves that there aren’t any racial disparages in America. That everything is fair and equal, and discussions of anything otherwise are in fact racist. Amazing how the ego will protect itself. Kudos John Matthew Barlow for an awesome article.
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So Ben Stein thinks that Obama is the most racist president in the history of this great republic. He thinks so because allegedly Obama “is purposely trying to use race to divide Americans,” and is using the ‘race card’ to convince all African Americans to vote for the Democratic Party. Ben Stein is wrong.
Obama is not the racist one, but Stein is tapping into a new discourse of racist ideology arising from the right in this country. In this discourse, anyone who mentions race as an issue in contemporary American life risks being called a racist. Anyone who points out racial inequality is at risk of being branded racist. In…
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