"Our mission is to inspire & educate Black & other minority communities of their full rights & privileges as Americans granted to them by the Constitution. We desire to inspire them to take charge of their own lives."
WE HAVE NEVER BEEN WOKE, due in 2023, should make *all* readers uncomfortable:
It will show how wokeness is used "as a weapon, often at the expense of those who are actually marginalized & disadvantaged in the prevailing order...
The new book "will dismantle popular (and self-serving) narratives about the ‘losers’ in the system – leaving readers with a totally different understanding of social inequality, and unnerving questions about what it would take to meaningfully address it.
The book shows that "the primary producers & consumers of content on antiracism, socialism, feminism, etc. also happen to be among the primary beneficiaries of gendered, racialized & other forms of inequality – and not passive beneficiaries [but] active participants.
We just discovered @cricri42 and are excited to share her heterodox views with you:
"Black. Woman. Uneducated, working-class background. These are some of the identities that are supposed to define me, that are supposed to give me a particular perspective in life."
2/4 "If we insist that all ideas are determined by identities, if we cannot transcend these identities thru the exercise of reason, if we cannot think beyond identity-prescribed interests, then there's no room for collective action & solidarity w/ others." uncommongroundmedia.com/political-prin…
And check out Christine Louis-Dit-Sully's new book, available later in May of this year:
*Transcending Racial Divisions*
"Identity-based anti-racism has become more of a hindrance than a solution for a better and freer world for us all."
The *2nd* poem published by someone of African descent in the future US, Jupiter Hammon:
AN Evening THOUGHT. SALVATION BY CHRIST, WITH PENETENTIAL CRIES: Composed by Jupiter Hammon, a Negro Belonging to Mr. Lloyd, of Queen's-Village, on Long-Island, the 25th of Dec., 1760.
SALVATION comes by Jesus Christ alone,
The only Son of God;
Redemption now to every one,
That love his holy Word.
Dear Jesus we would fly to Thee,
And leave off every Sin,
Thy Tender Mercy well agree;
Salvation from our King.
Salvation comes now from the Lord,
Our victorious King;
His holy Name be well ador’d,
Salvation surely bring.
Dear Jesus give they Spirit now,
Thy Grace to every Nation,
That han’t the Lord to whom we bow,
The Author of Salvation.
👉 POWERFUL & timely essay by @JohnRWoodJr. Read the thread. It's may not be what you expected:
"We do need unity in America. We need peace & order. We need justice & the correcting of genuine social inequities. There is a path to this kind of unity. It is a painful path."
"There is a price to be paid for what we sometimes call 'unity.' Sometimes, consciously or not, we use 'unity' to fashion societal arrangements that bury legitimate grievance and social dissent beneath consensus, where they may be comfortably ignored."
"We may feel polarized in America along the axes of left and right, Black and white. But the core division that must be identified and spoken to in American life is the divide between the privileged and the marginalized—in ways that go beyond what you might think."
"Is this a venal, immoral, & rapacious bandit-society of plundering white supremacists, founded in genocide & slavery & propelled by capitalist greed, or a good country that affords boundless opportunity to all fortunate enough to enjoy the privileges and...
"...bear the responsibilities of citizenship? Of course, there is some warrant in the historical record for both sentiments, but the weight of the evidence overwhelmingly favors the latter. The founding of the United States of America was a world-historic event...
Here's where theoretical academic CRT & DiAngelo's pop ideas ultimately lead, in practice.
Is this the path to a harmonious multiethnic USA?
Whole "prayer" in this thread.
"Or at least to want to hate them. At least, I want to stop caring about them, individually and collectively. I want to stop caring about their misguided, racist souls, to stop believing that they can be better, that they can stop being racist.
"I'm not talking about the White antiracist allies who have taken up this struggle against racism w/ their whole lives—the ones who stand vigil for weeks outside jails where Black women are killed; who show up in Charlottesville & Ferguson & Baltimore & Pasadena...
"The same laws that we used to combat segregated water fountains, are the same laws that we can use to fight against segregation that typically happens under a critical race theory regime."
@IanVRowe's testimony before the Rhode Island State Legislature.
A short thread.
"Less than 1/2 of RI’s white students in the 8th grade scored proficient in reading. Closing the black to white achievement gap, w/o improving outcomes for all students, would mean black student outcomes would grow from sub-mediocrity to full-mediocrity in terms of reading."
"American institutions are enforcing a cynical & intolerant orthodoxy. This orthodoxy requires us to view each other based on immutable characteristics like skin color, gender and sexual orientation. It pits us against one another, and diminishes what it means to be human."
"Political blackness was born in [an] era where 'coloureds were treated as part of a de facto underclass. Institutional racism meant they occupied menial jobs, were denied decent housing and education and were excluded...
"...from many social spaces due to the 'colour bar'.
In this context, it made sense for descendants of Britain’s colonies to band together.
But political blackness is now a fossil. [I]t flattens out the diffs btw blacks & S. Asians into an abstract non-white identity.
"At the same time, the emergence of identity politics has had the effect of breaking up what was once a unified 'black struggle' into ethnic & religious fragments.
The Tories are the political group best equipped to appeal to an increasingly diverse electorate.
"On the very first page of 'Black Skin, White Masks' Fanon states: 'I’m not the bearer of absolute truths'. Which doesn’t sound very saintly. He was trying to emphasise his humanity instead of being seen solely for his race."
"Fanon, in his book, is trying to affirm the universal brotherhood of man. In one passage, he states: 'we must recall our aim is to enable better relations between Blacks and Whites'. It is no surprise, then, he is sensitive about anti-Semitism."
On the occasion of the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, by @Hebro_Steele:
"Ideology blinds us to humanity while the act of witnessing reveals.
We see this blindness more than ever in today’s identity-politics-choked America."
"To be a witness does not mean the surrendering of one’s values & principles; it only means understanding & empathy. The act of witnessing allows one to absorb the experiences of another human, allowing one to grow wiser."
"We cannot guess what went through Chauvin’s mind...
"...as he kneeled on Floyd, but his hands in his pockets & his defiant stare revealed a man blinded to the man beneath his knee. When Al Sharpton declares 'America is on trial,' he blinds himself to the progress that countless Blacks have made in America.
"Seven of the wealthiest eight ethnic groups in the U.S. today are populations of color, even as affirmative action broadly defined serves as a counterbalance to much of the residual bigotry within society.
"In the real world, simply adjusting mathematically for mundane characteristics such as median age and study time closes almost all of the large racial—and gender—performance gaps glibly attributed to bigotry or genetics.
"Liberalism is attractive on both principled & strategic grounds. If liberalism has never lived up to its ostensible principles & values, that goes no way in proving that the principles & values are themselves unattractive ones.
"The illuminating way to understand violations of (ideal) liberal norms [is] as a manifestation of the corrupting results of group power, whether of the privileged classes, men, or the dominant race, for liberal theory & practice.
"But we can appeal to the idealized, non-group-restricted versions of liberal principles and values to critique the exclusionary versions—indeed, that is precisely what most American progressive social movements have historically done.
"Elevate Black voices, but only when they support the right narrative. Our lived experiences should be heard, but only when they portray Blackness as endless suffering. Our opinions matter, but only when we affirm the belief...
"...that all Black people think the same. When we remind the world that we’re whole human beings—capable of reasoning, nuance, & making mistakes—suddenly our thoughts seem nonessential to these people.
Articles about race should enforce the belief that to be Black is...
"...to live in a constant state of fear & oppression. They should make Black people feel angry, helpless, & victimised. Or ideally, some combination of the three. We’re getting so used to this idea that some see any other message as anti-Black.
The World Socialist Web Site and MLK's legal counsel and righthand man, Dr. Clarence B. Jones, both address California's new Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC).
“I write this letter to you with great dismay, and great concern for the perversion of history...
"...that is being perpetrated by the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum. If this model curriculum is approved, it will inflict great harm on millions of students in our state.
It is a fact that the Black Freedom Movement of the '50s & '60s under Dr. King's leadership...
"...transformed our country, overthrowing a century of Jim Crow segregation and white supremacist terror throughout the former Confederate States. This fact, which I had thought was well known to all educated persons, has been removed from the ESMC.