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Tom States

What color is Obama?

In plain English, Barack Obama is black. Although the offspring of a black and white parent, black is the dominant gene. To indicate his race on the U.S. Census he would more than likely put an x in the box next to ‘black’ or ‘of African decent’. That is pretty much the end of the discussion about his race.

Now, what ‘color’ is Barack Obama?

Colorblind People and the Ku Klux Klan

The discourse of difference and conflicts of difference is so impoverished that it makes a colored person looking at a picture of the Ku Klux Klan find something in it that he or she can appreciate. The Ku Klux Klan bothers to cut holes in their sheets to see what colorblind people claim does not and should not matter when it comes to the social relations of power viz., to subordination and domination in society, politics and economy.

‘Color’Labeling ‘White’ Branding

A group of sharecroppers pile into the back of a flat bed pick-up truck at the end of a fourteen hour work day that began just before dawn. Settling in for a short ride back to their shot-gun shacks a couple miles down the road, their tired silence breaks at the sound of a drawling […]

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Abbreviated Difference

There is no better way to eRace difference than to declare and then to treat it as if all that is different from heterosexual sex is the same thing; the same difference; the same ‘gay’. GBLT and LGBT should be understood as acronyms of solidarity not identity. What do gays, lesbians; bisexual and transgender persons have in common? Asked differently, what is the lowest common dominator of ‘sameness’? The answer is, not being heterosexual. The difference and diverse sexual preferences of people who are not heterosexual are just as colorful as the various shades of sexualities that heterosexuals enjoy.

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.


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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.


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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).