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‘Honkey’Dory (Part 2: White Place)

The post ‘Honkey’ Dory (Part 1: White Space) was an attempt to comprehend ‘whiteness’ in terms of how it appears as sketches in our personal and public imagination. This post endeavors to locate Harper Lee’s 1930’s Boo Radley in an ensemble of social relations defined by demographic changes, extreme income disparities, the election of a black president (twice), a more globalized workforce and the actualization of Lee Atwater’s Southern Strategy. In other words, this post embarks on a journey from Harper Lee’s Boo Radley (1930) to Lee Atwater’s Donald Trump (2015-16). COMING SOON!


Spiked “Tea Party”

The ‘plight of the ‘poor whites” is a new old political initiative. This initiative is a repeat of an Ole Southern tradition of rallying lower income ‘whites’ to do the dirty work of more affluent whites except this time instead of a Klan meeting they are organized around ‘tea parties’. Instead of guns they have placards that depict an offspring of. . .lives of persons are colored by the social and historical differences that sex, race, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity represent.

Gay Scarecrows

In a campaign ad titled ‘Straw’ appearing at the end of the video clip below, Nathan Deal, candidate for governor of Georgia, uses gays as scarecrows to discourage voters from considering his opponent. Where his opponent speaks for herself in the video, there is little to recommend her. That she lost her bid to run for governor of Georgia to Nathan Deal is no loss to the interests of ‘difference.’


The similarity that colorblind ‘white’ folks have with your ordinary racist is that both aim to extinguish some aspect of the colored lives of ‘colored’ folks.  The basic difference between a plain old racist and a colorblind ‘white’ person is that the racist considers color with open eyes and a closed mind while the colorblind […]

Power & ‘white’ perspectives

The racist assumes for himself the power to determine how colored folks experience reality. Many ‘white’ folks who are not racist assume that colored lives are determined by the power of ‘white’ perceptions of the life experienced by colored folks.  In short, the worth of a colored person in the eyes of a racist is […]

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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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.


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).