Sunday, August 23, 2015

Are "well-intentioned" white people complicit in systemic racism?


David Brooks:
In your anger at the tone of innocence some people adopt to describe the American dream, you reject the dream itself as flimflam. But a dream sullied is not a lie. The American dream of equal opportunity, social mobility and ever more perfect democracy cherishes the future more than the past. It abandons old wrongs and transcends old sins for the sake of a better tomorrow.

All the ordinances of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries which Marx either quotes at length or discusses are ordinances which seem, on their face, to debunk my claim that slavery for Whites was and is experiential and that for Blacks it was and is ontological. And yet all of these ordinances are riddled with contingencies, of which frequent and unfettered deployment of the conjunction if is emblematic.
the observer is disappointed time and again that this cultural subject is concealed beneath the overwhelming debris of the itemized account