Monday, November 13, 2017

An evening with Jessye Norman

Hosted by The Wolf Foundation and The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Foundation / June 1st 2016

Friday, November 10, 2017

Dr. Angela K. Lewis — Are Members of The Nation of Islam, Conservative?

An excerpt of Angela Lewis' talk on her new book, "Conservatism in the Black Community: To the Right and Misunderstood." - Dr. Lewis addressed the MPA Alumni Association Luncheon, held at the UAB National Alumni Society House on April 11, 2013.

Conservatism in the Black Community: To the Right and Misunderstood (Routledge Series on Identity Politics) 1st Edition,  Kindle Edition

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AYILM7S/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

Dr. Angela K. Lewis — Conservatism in the Black Community

Dr. Angela K. Lewis, an Associate Professor in UAB's Department of Government, talks about her new book "Conservatism in the Black Community: To the Right and Misunderstood." Her book attempts to unravel the the political phenomenon of conservatism in Black communities.

 
 Considering the historical evidence of black ties to liberalism which is played out through their support for the Democratic Party, do Blacks in the community support conservatism either as communicated by black conservatives in the media or by mainstream white conservatives? Or do Blacks in the community exhibit a diff erent kind of conservatism? Ultimately, the question this book addresses is, despite support for the Democratic Party and its liberal policies, What does conservatism in the black community mean?

Chris Ladd — Understanding Democratic Racism

Thanks to the Dixiefication of the Republican Party,  the Republican party operates under a tacit agreement that we will never acknowledge the existence of racism under any circumstances. Calling out the Democrats on the racism that drives their union politics means admitting that racism exists. If racism exists, then we might have to answer some awkward questions about Voter ID, police brutality, the Voting Rights Act, gun regulation, affirmative action, and a whole range of other subjects that many Republicans would prefer to ignore.
 
 

In 2015, Jeb Bush was pilloried for his characterization of the relationship between African-Americans and the Democratic Party. As insulting as his statement was, what’s worse is the lost opportunity it represented.

“Our message is one of hope and aspiration. It isn’t one of division and get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff. Our message is one that is uplifting — that says you can achieve earned success.”
His explanation of black politics echoes the age-old racist trope that black voters are looking for “handouts.” Democrats, by that reasoning, are buying votes with welfare while Republicans are appealing to good, honest people who want to stand on their own two feet.
This is yet another example of an opportunity lost by ignorance and racism. Bush lurched past a prime opportunity to set fire to the Democratic coalition. Democrats do in fact use welfare and other critical social safety net programs as leverage to manipulate black voters. It just doesn’t work the way white racists imagine.

A history of systemic looting, 
which hasn’t entirely ended, has left many black communities with almost none of the financial or political capital required to begin a climb. For many of the worst affected communities, access to social welfare services are the starting point for survival, the first critical step before anyone can begin to consider advancement. Democrats did not create that circumstance with social welfare programs, but they exploit it for political advantage. That reality is critical to understanding what is really happening in America’s Democratic-controlled cities.

People want to get welfare like they want to get chemotherapy or an abortion or a good lawyer. Republicans’ ignorance and occasional racism leaves us completely blind to the way Democrats exploit this situation. We are unable to connect to the very real frustrations of black voters trapped in the gears of the Democratic urban machine. That frustration is on full display in Chicago, but few if any Republicans have noticed.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Ancient Africa — A History Denied


Dr. Alan Keyes — Is religious liberty the key to health care for all?

Dr. Alan Keyes suggest that despite the words coming out of his mouth, President Trump's Executive Order seem to point towards universal healthcare.


A doctoral graduate of Harvard University, Alan Keyes began his diplomatic career in the U.S. Foreign Service in 1979 at the United States consulate in Bombay, India, and later in the American embassy in Zimbabwe. Keyes was appointed Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations by President Ronald Reagan


(Loyal to Liberty) The black conservative Republican writes: "As I observed in an article published at DailyCaller.com this week, during his Presidential campaign Donald Trump challenged conservatives to get used to the idea that as we replace Obamacare “we have to take care of everybody….” His recent Executive Order aims to revamp the US government’s regulatory approach so that income earners “can more easily tailor their insurance purchases to their circumstances, priorities and incomes.” But what about “people who simply cannot afford the health assurance they need?”

He continues his commentary: "Giving better choices to income earners may lower their incentive to participate in the state exchanges Obamacare instituted. This lack of participation will make it harder to sustain them. With the U.S. government subsidies Obama unlawfully provided, lack of funding will also give insurers little or no incentive to offer plans through the exchanges. The result will leave many who need care without the means to pay for it. There will be an outcry against the abandonment of these needy people, whom Obamacare claimed to help. Faced with this outcry, why shouldn’t we expect President Trump to be open to a remedy that reflects the view he has taken in the past that the single payer (i.e., socialist) approach is the ideal?:

Read full article. (link)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Akil Alleyne — Harvey Weinstein: To Stop A Predator

Kelly Miller — Radicals & Conservatives and Other Essays on the Negro in America, 1908

Radical and conservative Negroes agree as to the end in view, but differ as to the most effective means of attaining it. The difference is not essentially one of principle or purpose, but point of view.


When a distinguished Russian was informed that some American Negroes are radical and some conservative, he could not restrain his laughter. The idea of conservative Negroes eras more than the Cossack's risibilities could endure. " What on earth," he exclaimed with astonishment, " have they to conserve? "

According to a strict use of terms, a " conservative " is one who is satisfied with existing conditions and advocates their continuance; while a " radical " clamors for amelioration of conditions through change. No thoughtful Negro is satisfied with the present status of his race, whether viewed in its political, its civil or general aspect. He labors under an unfriendly public opinion, one which is being rapidly crystallized into a rigid caste system and enacted into unrighteous law. How can he be expected to contemplate such oppressive conditions with satisfaction and composure? Circumstances render it imperative that his attitude should be dissentient rather than confirmatory. Every consideration of enlightened self-respect impels him to unremitting protest, albeit the manner of protestation may be mild or pronounced, according to the dictates of prudence. Radical and conservative Negroes agree as to the end in view, but differ as to the most effective means of attaining it. The difference is not essentially one of principle or purpose, but point of view. 


All anti-slavery advocates desired the downfall of the iniquitous institution, but some were more violent than others in the expression of this desire. Disagreement as to method led to personal estrangement, impugnment of motive, and unseemly factional wrangle.

And so, colored men who are alike zealous for the betterment of their race, lose half their strength in internal strife, because of variant methods of attack upon the citadel of prejudice. Mr. Booker T. Washington is, or has been, the storm-center about which the controversy rages, and contending forces have aligned themselves in hostile array as to the wisdom or folly of the doctrine of which he is the chief exponent. The unseemly "Boston Riot," in which he was threatened with bodily violence, served to accentuate the antagonism and to deepen the line of cleavage.

Several years ago a number of New England colored men, " exotica," as some would say, of the New England colleges, having grown restive under what they deemed the damaging doctrine of the famous Tuskegeean,. founded the Boston Guardian as a journal of protest. These men declared that the teachings of Mr. Washington were destructive of the guaranteed rights and privileges of the Negro race, especially in the Northern States, and pledged themselves to spare no effort to combat his political and social heresies.


Mr. William Monroe Trotter, a Harvard graduate, who in said to have maintained a higher scholastic average than any other colored student of that famous institution, was head and front of the new movement. As promoter of the " Boston Riot " he was convicted and sentenced to the common jail. His incarceration but served to intensify his animosity.


Mr. Trotter is well suited to play the role of a martyr. He delights in a reputation for vicarious heroics. Being possessed of considerable independent means, he willingly makes sacrifices for the cause, and is as uncompromising as William Lloyd Garrison. Mr. Trotter, however, lacks the moral sanity and poise of the great emancipator. With him agitation is not so much the outgrowth of an intellectual or moral comprehension of right and reprehension of wrong, as it is a temperamental necessity. Endowed with a narrow, intolerant intensity of spirit, he pursues his ends with a Jesuitical justification of untoward means. Without clear concrete objective, such as the anti-slavery promoters had in view, he strikes wildly at whatever or whoever he imagines obscures the rights of the Negro race. He has the traditional irreverence of the reformer, an irreverence which delights to shatter popular idols. President Eliot of Harvard University, Theodore Roosevelt, and Booker T. Washington are shining marks for his blunt and bitter denunciation. He sets himself up as the moral monitor of the Negro race.


This Negro Puritan is of spotless and austere personal character, and yet he does not scruple to use the weapons of unrighteousness to promote his cherished hopes. He is equally indifferent to the allurements of culture and the blandishments of business; he has sacrificed a business career which was opening up with large prospects, in order to fight the Washington heresy. A Harvard graduate, with a class-standing that puts him easily in touch with the intellectual elite of his alma mater, he has thrown away all the restraints of culture, spurned the allurements of refined association, and conducts The Guardian with as little regard to literary form and style as if he were a back-woodsman.

By his blunt, persistent assault on Booker T. Washington he has focalized the more radical elements of the Negro race, and has made himself the most forceful personality that the Negroes in the free States have produced in a generation. He is irreconciled to his great foe. This intrepid editor saw clearly that the so-called radical Negroes were wholly wanting in organization and leadership. He chafed under the chide of having no concrete achievement or commanding personality as basis and background of his propaganda. His enemies sought to silence the loudsome pretensions of those of radical persuasion by the cry that they had founded no institutions and projected no practical projects. That the same might have been said of Garrison and Phillips was regarded as a barren rejoinder. It is difficult to found an effective organization on a protest. There is little constructive possibility in negation. 


Through the influence of The Guardian, Mr. Trotter has held together and inspirited the opposition to Mr. Washington. His every utterance leads to the Cato-like refrain: " Booker Washington must be destroyed." Conscious of his own lack of attractive personality and felicity of utterance requisite to ostensible popular leadership, Trotter began to cast about for a man of showy faculties who could stand before the people as leader of his cause. He wove a subtle net about W. E. B. DuBois, the brilliant writer and scholar, and gradually weaned him from his erstwhile friendship for Mr. Washington, so as to exploit his prominence and splendid powers in behalf of the hostile forces.

The author of the " Souls of Black Folk " is also a Harvard man, and possesses extraordinary scientific and literary talent. Few men now writing the English language can equal him in linguistic felicity. He is a man of remarkable amplitude and contrariety of qualities, an exact interrogator and a lucid espositor of social reality, but withal a dreamer with a fantasy of mind that verges on " the fine frenzy."


Read more: http://www.expo98.msu.edu/people/Miller.htm

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Crystal Wright — Commend Trump for taking action

The black conservative Republican commentator argues that "If you’re a Republican president with a do-nothing GOP majority in Congress — which refuses to pass your (and their) agenda — you take matters into your own hands."


Crystal Wright is the publisher/owner of ConservativeBlackChick.com. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgetown University and holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University. She writes for The Toronto Sun.

( The Toronto Sun) — This week President Donald Trump did the work the GOP campaigned on for seven years: He began dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through executive order.
Halleluiah!

“For a long period of time — since I’ve started running and since I became president of the United States — I just keep hearing: ‘Repeal and replace, repeal and replace.’ Well, we’re starting that process, and we’re starting that in a very positive manner,” Trump declared.

Under Trump’s executive order, insurers will be allowed to sell less expensive policies to people, like me, who don’t receive health insurance through an employer. This means a 50-year-old man won’t have to pay for coverage for other people — like maternity benefits — that he will never use and which raised the cost of his monthly premium.

Read full article. (link) 

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Quote of the Day - Conservatives, RINOs and Diversity

"Whenever presented with the idea of ethnic diversity, mainstream conservatives often retort with the superficial expression, “We don’t necessarily need ethnic diversity, but we need diversity of thought.” The reason why this fraudulent aphorism is used is because mainstream conservatives like to present the narrative that their ideology has been unfairly shut out of all the cultural arenas of importance in America. While this is a glib rhetorical comeback, mainstream conservatives must understand that their own argument can be used against them. You cannot realistically champion diversity of thought while continuously dismissing any comment that does not align with right-wing talk radio orthodoxy as the leftist blathering of a RINO." ―  Chidike Okeem, conservative writer at VOICEOFCHID.COM

Race, IQ and Genetics - Part 1: Introduction







Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream

A cache of documents obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals the truth about Steve Bannon’s alt-right “killing machine.” 

(Buzzfeed News) For nearly a decade, Devin Saucier has been establishing himself as one of the bright young things in American white nationalism. In 2008, while at Vanderbilt University, Saucier founded a chapter of the defunct white nationalist student group Youth for Western Civilization, which counts among its alumni the white nationalist leader Matthew Heimbach.

Richard Spencer called him a friend. He is associated with the Wolves of Vinland, a Virginia neo-pagan group that one reporter described as a “white power wolf cult,” one member of which pleaded guilty to setting fire to a historic black church. For the past several years, according to an observer of far-right movements, Saucier has worked as an assistant to Jared Taylor, possibly the most prominent white nationalist in America. According to emails obtained by BuzzFeed News, he edits and writes for Taylor’s magazine, American Renaissance, under a pseudonym.

In an October 2016 email, Milo Yiannopoulos described the 28-year-old Saucier as “my best friend.”

Yiannopoulos may have been exaggerating: He was asking his acquaintance the novelist Bret Easton Ellis for a signed copy of American Psycho as a gift for Saucier. But there’s no question the men were close. After a March 2016 dinner together in Georgetown, they kept up a steady correspondence, thrilling over Brexit, approvingly sharing headlines about a Finnish far-right group called “Soldiers of Odin,” and making plans to attend Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Kennedy Center.

Saucier — who did not respond to numerous requests for comment — clearly illustrates the direct connection between open white nationalists and their fellow travelers at Breitbart. By spring 2016, Yiannopoulos had begun to use him as a sounding board, intellectual guide, and editor.

On May 1, Yiannopoulos emailed Saucier asking for readings related to class-based affirmative action; Saucier responded with a half dozen links on the subject, which American Renaissance often covers. On May 3, Saucier sent Yiannopoulos an email titled “Article idea”: “How trolls could win the general for Trump.” Yiannopoulos forwarded the email to Bokhari and wrote, “Drop what you’re doing and draft this for me.” An article under Yiannopoulos’s byline appeared the next day. Also in early May, Saucier advised Yiannopoulos and put him in touch with a source for a story about the alt-right’s obsession with Taylor Swift.

Read more: https://www.buzzfeed.com/josephbernstein/heres-how-breitbart-and-milo-smuggled-white-nationalism?utm_term=.vkbWLdB2bg#.gmz214R7p8

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Terrell Jermaine Starr ― Russia’s Recent Facebook Ads Prove the Kremlin Never Loved Black People

Despite my being a conservative, I place immense value in the writings of Terrell Jermaine Starr. A Fulbright fellow, and expert on the Soviet Union and Ukraine,  Terrell doesn't seem particularly interested in embracing a narrative, so much as recognizing that they do exist and then setting out to find the 'who, why and how' of a story. And perhaps nothing better illustrates Terrell's talent for deconstructing narratives than his recent series “The Black Guide to Russia”.

The series is a must read for anyone interested in how Russia uses race and social media to influence elections: https://www.theroot.com/c/the-black-guide-to-russia. 


Terrell Jermaine Starr lived Ukraine as a Fulbright fellow, and Georgia as a Peace Corps volunteer. Starr has over four years of experience living in the former Soviet Union and more than eight years working as a reporter. 

(The Root) ― "Thousands of Russian-bought Facebook ads that the social media company is preparing to deliver to Congress reveal a very sound knowledge of America’s racial discord. With some of the ads calling for protections of gun rights, warning of the so-called dangers of immigration and of promoting Black Lives Matter groups, the Kremlin has shown a shrewd willingness to manipulate race relations in the United States at any cost to the Americans it once claimed to support: black people."


He continues his commentary: "The USSR financed tens of thousands of black people to study in various republics throughout the union with the hope that they would return to their homelands to start their own Red Octobers. On the U.S. front, the USSR also recruited black Americans to spread its propaganda." 


More: "One of their prized recruits was the great writer Langston Hughes. He and several dozen other black people were selected to act in a USSR-funded filmed titled Black and White, a cinematic chiding of American Southern racism. Hughes details in his autobiography, I Wonder as I Wander, that the black performers were not trained actors; nor could most of them sing for the parts the roles required. (Hughes determined that Russians assumed all black people could sing, dance, play sports and act, so there was no need to vet them for any real qualifications.) "

Continue reading: http://www.theroot.com/russia-s-recent-facebook-ads-prove-the-kremlin-never-lo-1818877990

Darrell B. Harrison‏ ― More On Social Justice Protests and Our Misguided Quest for ‘Unity’

If there is to be unity between individuals, whether three or three hundred million, it is established and maintained on the basis of objective principles that are fixed and immutable, not on precepts or propositions that are subjective and changeable.


(Just Thinking ) Notwithstanding the myriad reasons professional athletes in America are protesting the national anthem, President Donald Trump, law enforcement officers, the military, or other social, civil, or political issue, entity, or individual, there appears to be a certain degree of naivety connected with the stated goals and objectives of these demonstrations.

Many of these athletes have stated that the protestations in which they are involved are meant to show ‘unity.’ But my question is, unity by whose or what standard of measure?


In Amos 3:3, the question is asked, rhetorically, “How can two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”


The question is deserving of thoughtful and contemplative consideration because unity, however one chooses to define the term, is not an abstract concept. It is not an idea that is devoid of contextual boundaries or parameters. If there is to be unity between individuals, whether three or three hundred million, it is established and maintained on the basis of objective principles that are fixed and immutable, not on precepts or propositions that are subjective and changeable.


I, personally, deem it inexcusable and irresponsible that the President of the United States, regardless of political party or ideology, would refer to any individual, let alone any American citizen, as a “son of a bitch” (as has been reported in the media.) It is with that thought in mind that I believe President Trump should publicly apologize to the individual(s) to whom his derogatory remarks were targeted.


The President of the United States, irrespective of ideological or political differences between himself and those whom he is charged with governing (Rom. 13:4), is nonetheless the representative of all of this nation’s citizens, not merely those who elected him to office. As such, he must endeavor to consistently exhibit a level of personal integrity, maturity, and, as situations warrant, restraint, as is befitting the office which he happens to hold not by his own volition but by the will of the American people.


That said, however, I find the protests being engaged in by these athletes to be somewhat short-sighted, particularly with regard to their stated purpose and intent which, to me anyway, seems rather ambiguous.


Derrick Haddock ― Well Done

Marlene Laruelle ― Aleksandr Dugin: A Russian Version of the European Radical Right?


In studying contemporary Russian Eurasianism—both as  a doctrine and as  a political movement—one constantly comes across Aleksandr Dugin.


(The Wilson Center) One  of the main reasons that he is relevant to any such study is the quasi-monopoly he exercises over a certain part of  the  current  Russian  ideological spectrum.

This spectrum includes a plethora of right-wing groupuscules that produce an enormous number of books and an impressive quantity of low-circulation newspapers, but are not readily distinguishable from each other and display little theoretical consistency or sophistication. Dugin is the only major theoretician among this Russian radical right. He is simultaneously on the fringe and at the center of the Russian nationalist phenomenon. He provides theoretical inspiration to many currents and disseminates precepts that can be recycled at different levels. Above all he is striving to cover every niche on the current ideological  marketplace. He  proceeds  from  the assumption that  Russian  society and  Russia’s political establishment are in search of a new ideology: he therefore owes it to himself to exercise his influence over all the ideological options and their possible formulations.

Beyond the doctrinal qualities that make him stand out among the spectrum of Russian nationalism, Dugin is noteworthy for his frenzied and prolific output of publications beginning in the early 1990s. He has published over a dozen books, either original texts or thematically rearranged articles initially printed in various journals or newspapers. He has also edited several journals: Elementy (9 issues between 1992 and 1998), Milyi Angel (4 issues between 1991 and 1999), Evraziiskoe vtorzhenie (published  as an irregular supplement to the weekly Zavtra, with six special issues in  2000), and Evraziiskoe obozrenie  (11  issues from  2001  to  2004).1   In 1997, he wrote and presented a weekly one-hour radio broadcast, Finis Mundi, which was prohibited after he commented favorably on the early  20th-century  terrorist  Boris  Savinkov.2

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Stephen L. Carter ― Equifax Bungles the Details Over and Over Again

The fine print on its consumer protection website is befuddling even to a professor of contract law.


(BloombergView)Here’s a word of advice for companies in trouble: Don’t make the public any angrier than necessary. That’s the mistake Equifax Inc. repeated several times over in its careless handling of its careless loss of detailed identifying data on 143 million consumers, a breach widely described as the worst in history. The company made a number of missteps, such as taking months to make the break-in public, and apparently running web server software with a known vulnerability.

But the biggest question since the news broke has involved whether Equifax was trying to pull a fast one: Were worried consumers being forced to surrender their right to sue before they could find out if they were among the victims of the hack, or was that an urban myth? I’ve been teaching contract law for a quarter of a century, and I’m not entirely sure.



The issue arose after some people actually read the boilerplate on the special site Equifax set up so that worried consumers could find out whether their data was in the wind. 2  The readers discovered -- or at least thought they discovered -- that consumers who clicked on “I agree” were giving up their right to sue the company over the hack, and consenting to arbitration instead. Social media erupted with fury.

Read more:  https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-09-11/equifax-bungles-the-details-over-and-over-again

BBC Lost Kingdoms of Africa ― Nubia

A paucity of written records means we know less about Africa's ancient history than almost anywhere else on Earth. Cultural historian Dr Augustus Casely-Hayford uses culture, artifacts and traditions to explore that history.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Jacob T. Levy ― Black Liberty Matters

How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes?”



  On to Liberty," Theodor Kaufmann, 1867, Metropolitan Museum of Art



(The Niskanen Center) ― This was Samuel Johnson’s bitter rhetorical question about the American revolution, and the conflict it identifies has never been far from the surface of American political and intellectual life. Compared with the societies of 18th and 19th century Europe, the United States was unusually obsessed with the idea of liberty and unusually economically dependent on slave labor. Sometimes Americans like to tell ourselves that the revolutionary idea of liberty is what finally made abolition possible two generations later, but that sidesteps the paradox that the U.S. was one of the last countries to abolish slavery, and did so only after a decades-long expansion.

The great historical sociologist Orlando Patterson provided an important answer to Johnson’s question in his landmark study Freedom in the Making of Western Culture. Across the centuries, from ancient Greece to modern America, “people came to value freedom, to construct it as a powerful shared vision of life, as a result of their experience of, and response to, slavery or its recombinant form, serfdom, in their roles as masters, slaves, and nonslaves.” It is precisely in slave societies, confronted with the reality of slavery, that people most acutely perceive the importance of freedom, most clearly articulate defenses of it,  and most passionately demand it. Sometimes it is slaves or ex-slaves who do so. But often it is masters. Understanding all too well how they rule over other human beings, they identify being ruled like that as the great social evil, and they fiercely refuse to be subjected to it. Slaveowners and their neighbors can see what unfreedom is like, and they resist it for themselves. This is only partly because they come to identify their freedom as their freedom to own and rule slaves, and are desperate to protect their status as masters. In a more general way, they become very sensitive to anyone proposing to treat them as they treat slaves.


Read more: https://niskanencenter.org/blog/black-liberty-matters/

Monday, October 9, 2017

Black Conservative Radio: A Sane Society’s 2nd Amendment


After a domestic terror attack in Las Vegas shocks the nation, Bret Stephens illustrates how broken the gun control debate in America has become. Is his recommendation sane? Or should we consider another way?

Repeal the 2nd Amendment
Firearm and Injury Center Report (reported by Mother Jones)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention statistics on Suicide
National Conference of State Legislatures

Music: “She Gave You Everything” by ABSRDTS; “Face Punch” by Jesse Spillane; “Fossils”  by Kyle Preston; “Stuttgart” by Portrayal


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Exclusive: Lee Atwater's Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy



In 1981, the legendarily brutal campaign consultant Lee Atwater, after a decade as South Carolina's most effective Republican operative, was working in Ronald Reagan's White House when he was interviewed by Alexander Lamis, a political scientist at Case Western Reserve University.

In this audio, made public for the first time ever, Atwater lays out how Republicans can win the vote of racists without sounding racist themselves. Listen to the full audio and read Rick Perlstein's analysis here: http://tnat.in/ffHKS

Jarvis Williams ― The Cruelty of the Color-Blind Theory of Race in Evangelical Churches

"The color-blind theory refers to racial neutrality. According to this view, the color of one’s skin does not matter because we live in a post-racial society—that is, a society that has moved beyond race. Further, the theory urges that humans need to look beyond skin color, because treating people equally and ignoring their race will lead to a more equal society.”



Jarvis J. Williams is an associate professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Seminary.

(Reformed African American Network) ―Many agree Americans live in a racialized society (a society that attributes certain characteristics to groups of people for the purpose of racial hierarchy and racism), that we live in a country whose national origins cannot be separated from the evil ideology of white superiority and black inferiority, and that the U.S. still (in many respects) privileges whiteness over non-whiteness. But other Americans believe and embrace the color-blind theory of race.

The color-blind theory refers to racial neutrality. According to this view, the color of one’s skin does not matter because we live in a post-racial society—that is, a society that has moved beyond race. Further, the theory urges that humans need to look beyond skin color, because treating people equally and ignoring their race will lead to a more equal society.

Continue reading https://www.raanetwork.org/cruelty-of-color-blind-theory-in-churches/

Andrew Hartman ― Martin Luther King Jr & Colorblind Conservatism

King’s vision of a colorblind America was about a future utopia. However, conservatives now think King’s civil rights movement was an unmitigated success, that the nation is truly colorblind.

Andrew Hartman teaches history at Illinois State University. He is the author of A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars

(The Society for US Intellectual History (SUSIH)) ― King’s vision of a colorblind America was about a future utopia. However, conservatives now think King’s civil rights movement was an unmitigated success, that the nation is truly colorblind. That the president (whom they hate) is black is proof of such progress. Conservative colorblindness, then, ignores the ways in which race continues to handicap a person’s chances of success. As of now, black Americans are eight times more likely than white Americans to experience chronic poverty. The schools many black Americans attend are acutely underfunded. And black men are eight times more likely than white men to spend time in prison, a discrepancy one scholar calls “the new Jim Crow.” The “color line,” a phrase coined by Frederick Douglass in 1881 to describe the emergence of Jim Crow, unfortunately continues to be a useful metaphor for American racial exclusion. Race continues to be a festering wound on the nation.

Up through the mid-1960s, liberals were the ones who supported a colorblind approach to equal opportunity. But when racial inequality proved obstinate, liberals adjusted their notions about how best to obtain equality. Even after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, most American companies continued their usual practice of exclusively employing whites, since, ironically, contravening the colorblind principle of “merit” was a technical violation of the Act’s provision against preferential treatment. In the face of this, many liberals tentatively embraced “affirmative action.” Some even embraced Black Power-infused arguments about institutional racism, arguments about how standards such as “merit” were embedded in the history of a nation that had only 100 years ago enslaved black people and, as such, were anything but colorblind. This new liberal vision favored a proactive government that would guarantee black Americans not only “equality as a right and a theory,” but also, as President Lyndon Johnson famously put it, “equality as a fact and as a result.”

Continue reading → https://s-usih.org/2013/08/martin-luther-king-and-colorblind-conservatism/

Leah Wright Rigueur - Between the Lines: The Republican Party at a Racial Crossroads