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“You start out in 1954 by saying “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” – that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you are getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites. ..”We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.” Lee Atwater’s Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy

(Real Time with Bill Maher: What White People Want)

Social Hieroglyphs of ‘Thingness’

Any measure of a human being – in thought or in practice – that subtracts from the essence of a person’s human being is an act of subordination and domination. The thought and practice of this kind of inhumanity has a face-value and a purchase-value. Another way of understanding face-value and purchase-value in the context of intolerance is as a “unified structure of consciousness brought into being by the whole of society“. If the face-value of intolerance is produced socially (colonialism, slavery, Jim Crow etc.), the forms and expressions of its inhumanity lend varying degrees of social validity to the thought and practice of historically specific subordination and domination.

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Homophobic Misogyny

For men, especially black men, their homophobic misogyny is the penumbra of a core master-slave dialectic. The aggression of heterosexual men towards gay men is not rooted in how a gay man objectifies that which he desires. In many ways, heterosexual aggression towards gay men is a knee-jerk reaction to the idea that another man would think of them and sexualize them the way they think of and sexualize women.

Affirmative Actions

Affirmative action became the by-product of affirmative relief inaction. The substantive and meaningful affirmative relief in the EEOC consent decrees (1973) suffered the same fate as the promise of ’40 Acres and a Mule'(1865). More to the point, the foundation of equity in employment was once again denied the cornerstone of equality necessary to enshrine the integration of diversity and difference in the social, economic and political structures of our society.

“Nigger” Please!

There is a move afoot to publish a volume of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn without the word “nigger”. The word ‘slave’ will be used instead of “nigger”. Any educated fool that thinks the word “nigger” and ‘slave’ are interchangeable has no idea what the word “nigger” means. Absent a historically accurate depiction of how American society in general and Southern society in particular came to terms with the forced labor of white indentured servants, Native Americans and then black Africans, ‘slave’ and ‘slavery’ are abstract and historically anonymous concepts.

None-White Women

The parental instinct and the curfew are designed to protect children and young adults from things that can happen anytime of the day but to which kids and teens are particularly vulnerable under the cover of dark. Unfortunately, in some parts of the world ‘colored’ parents see fit to instruct their children especially their female children to come in or to stay in the house during the day light hours. They do so because they are trying to protect their children from the dangers they associate with a different type of darkness.

Jew, ‘the extreme right thing’?

Confronted with demographic changes that deny them power, the extreme right enlisted Netanyahu in their domestic struggle against lives coloured by difference. In the name of Israeli security, Netanyahu enthusiastically provided an assist, wink and nod to political efforts that, if realized, nail persons whose lives are coloured by difference to the cross. Is it possible for Israel to be an ally of the United States and a friend to those opposed to what difference represents in the struggle for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

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?

Grand Old Poots (G.O.P)

When old white republican men break wind it blows the crap that made sense of their life at a time when they took for granted that ‘God’ and opportunity were their birthright. They speak with a simple certainty that their idea and dreams of an ideal American life can not and should not be aborted […]

Nihilistic Negroism

When it comes to Herman Cain, the black community has to ponder how one of its bright stars gives off such little light? Considering his education and professional background, it can be said with some degree of confidence that Herman Cain is not dumb but you can not be dumb and still not smart. It is doubtful that he would have employed someone to make pizza who interviewed for the job the way he ran for President.

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.

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