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“Moving on up”

If you want to see what has been eraced from the discourse of difference, watch Season 1, Episode 1 of the 1970’s tv sitcom “The Jeffersons”. We are no longer suppose to talk to or about ourselves the way the characters on that show confronted diversity and difference. Discussion of difference today avoids  the impoliteness that makes it possible to speak directly to difference.
Must Watch: ‘Being Bow-Racial’

(See also – Locura: 3rd World Bourgeois Trash)

If you want to see what has been eraced from the discourse of difference, watch Season 1, Episode 1 of the 1970’s tv sitcom “The Jeffersons”. We are no longer suppose to talk to or about ourselves the way the characters on that show confronted diversity and difference. Discussion of difference today avoids  the impoliteness that makes it possible to speak directly to difference.
 Interaction between diversities of difference suffers because we don’t want to hurt or be hurt in a discourse of social healing. Instead, what passes for civil and social discourse of diversity and difference is little more than managing the pains of having to live with each other.

It’s been a while since we’ve had such a perfect episode of Black-ish, but “Being Bow-racial” was worth the wait. – Nichole Perkins

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Claude Knobler: The conversation I wish I didn’t have to have with my black son

Terrell Jermaine Starr: A cop in Ukraine said he was detaining me because I was black. I appreciated it.


“The Problem” and “Family Histories”:
Charles Johnson Analyzes the Causes of the Chicago Race Riot

How Family Income Affects Children’s College Chances

“How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Discussing Race.”

The Feminist Case Against a Woman President: A Response to Jessica Valenti

The Race Card Project by Michele Norris

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” MLK – 16 April 1963 Letter from a Birmingham Jail

How the Obama Administration Talks to Black America
“Convenient race-talk” from a president who ought to know better
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Obama On Race And Trayvon Martin

Curriculum Vitae

Tom L. States PhD Candidate

Fields of Interest: Political Theory, International Relations, Marxist Political Economy

Research Topic: eRacism - Conflicts of Difference

Education History: Williams College, BA Political Science; New York University, MA Politics; York University PhD Candidate

Languages: English, German

Hometown: Greenwood, Mississippi

Words of Wisdom: “IT” is what you are when you are young. Your youth mistakes certainty of the few things that you think you know for knowledge of things that it takes a life time to understand. With time and a few life experiences “IT” becomes the thing you pursue to give your life meaning. Somewhere along the way of having or getting “IT” you ask yourself, ‘Is this “IT”? Panic sets in when you realize that “IT” is your life. Fear and insecurity is that feeling you get when “IT” has not been worth a life time.

Bookshelf

Harvey, David. Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference. New York: Longman, 1996.

Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin White Masks. Trans. Charles Lam Markmann. New York: Grove Press. 1967.

Cancian, Francesca M. Gender Politics: Love and Power in the Private and Public Spheres. Gender and the Life Course. Ed. Alice S. Rossi. New York: Aldine, 1985.

Sand, Shlomo. The Invention of the Jewish People. New York: Verso, 2009.

Lay, Shawn. The Invisible Empire In The West: Toward a New Historical Appraisal of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920's. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Journal

Carothers, Thomas. Think Again: Civil Society. Foreign Policy Date, (Winter: 1999-2000).

Ober, Josiah. The original meaning of "democracy": Capacity to do things, not majority rule. Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics. American Political Science Association meetings, Philadelphia, (2006).