VIDEO: Race in America – by Phil Vischer – Part 1 of 2

VIDEO: Race in America – by Phil Vischer

We need to talk about race. Why are people angry? Why so upset? Didn’t we elect a black president? Pass civil rights laws? Isn’t racism illegal now? Three years ago my brother Rob and I co-taught a class that discussed issues of racial injustice. That class turned into a popular podcast episode, which we’ve now turned into this video. Why are people still angry? Let’s take a look at race in America…

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  • kamtanblog  On November 15, 2020 at 3:25 am

    Very interesting and informative.
    Is USA culturally racist ?

    You decide

    Kamtan-uk-ex-EU

  • detow  On November 15, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Kamtan, a resounding YES as are Canada, the UK, Germany, Guyana, Trinidad and every nation that has a mixture of the races some with straight hair and the other ( note I’m a saying OTHER with a purpose) with the kinky kind.

    Now you go figure.

  • guyaneseonline  On November 15, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    Comment from a retired White US Professor:

    Yes, this is a sorry story. I have heard it before, not this video, but the material. Yet so any white people still don’t understand that this constitutes ‘institutionalized racism.’ They are just blind to the fact that generations of ‘legal’ discrimination have left a lasting impact on the ability of black families to accumulate wealth, get a decent education, live in a safe and healthy environment, etc. etc.

    They call ‘Black Lives Matter’ and social justice movements “reverse racism!” = discrimination against whites, ‘giving’ jobs, scholarships and such to black men (especially), instead of whites. They insist that they have earned their privileges achievements by their own efforts and just don’t see how their success was made possible by systematic advantages afforded them by government subsidies that were systematically denied to blacks and some other minority populations, but to blacks in particular and over a longer period of time.

    Attitudes are changing, but slowly, and the backlash is fierce, as the number of votes Trump actually did get shows.

  • Jo  On November 17, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    As a Guyanese who had to be educated about American racism in all its grisly details, I now hazard my own explanation of “soul music”. Now, in my book, white racists have no soul. It behoves African Americans to sing their soul music because it truly is an acknowledgement of their full humanity. Malcolm X had his own term for the soulless people but I won’t repeat it here. Sad truth about the master race. Happily there are better versions out there.

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 21, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Checks and Balance

    John Prideaux – US Editor | The Economist

    While the president declines to concede an election that he lost two weeks ago, a debate is going on about what to call what he is doing. IS IT A COUP? If not, what is it?

    The Economist, being an internationally minded sort of place with an erudite readership, went for “low-energy autogolpe” in our story this week — AN AUTOGOLPE being what happens when a president comes to power through a legitimate election and then undermines the democratic norms and institutions he relied on to win, so that he may cling on to power.

    THE DERIVATION IS LATIN AMERICAN: AUTOGOLPE describes what Hugo Chávez did in Venezuela, for example. The Trump autogolpe is low-energy, because it is unlikely to succeed.

    Despite his death in 2013 the late, unlamented Chávez has been placed at the centre of a giant conspiracy by the Trump campaign’s legal team. Sidney Powell, a prominent member of the crackpot legal squad led by Rudy Giuliani, alleges that voting machines designed for the benefit of Chávez changed millions of votes that would otherwise have gone for Donald Trump.

    It is a tortuous theory – George Soros is involved too, naturally – and not one that has been made in court, since that would require actual evidence. In fact, it is so weird that it invites a question: Can the people saying these things possibly believe them?

    A version of this question has been posed to me again and again over the past few weeks, by people trying to understand whether elected Republicans really believe that Joe Biden’s win was illegitimate – as 88% of Trump voters in our YouGov poll now say – or whether they are just being cynical when they dangle the possibility of a Trump win once all the court cases are settled.

    I am generally allergic to arguments made from one side of the political divide that people on the other side are acting cynically and, deep down, know what they are doing is wrong. If you believe that the other side does not really believe the arguments it is making, you need make no effort to understand them. No compromise is required.

    While this has all been going on, I have been reading Barack Obama’s new memoir, “A Promised Land”. Lexington, who reads faster than me, sat down and devoured all 768 pages in two days and then wrote a column on the book. I’m still near the beginning, where the future president, after a failed run for Congress, decides to run for the Senate.

    Mr Obama writes about wanting to run for a statewide office so he could try to bridge the mutual suspicion between Chicagoans and small-town Illinoisians. Both groups wanted to elect a champion, one of their own, to protect them from the other lot. Yet Mr Obama was convinced that if the two camps could somehow be introduced to each other, they would be less fearful, and find something in common.

    IT DOESN’T END WELL: Once in the White House this moderate consensus-seeker was slandered as a foreign-born socialist Muslim. Yet Mr Obama’s instinct, which can easily be dismissed as naïve, is right.

    It is the separateness, the fear of the other side, that makes people want to believe that he was a threatening alien, or swallow the fantasies peddled by Ms Powell and Mr Giuliani. The former president may not have found a solution, but there is no alternative other than to keep trying.

    How might it be done? Looking at how America has overcome past suspicions, the role of the army is striking. Until the Korean war, African-American soldiers tended to serve in separate units from whites.

    However, LOSSES INFLICTED BY THE NORTH KOREAN PEOPLE’S ARMY WERE SO HEAVY THAT IT BECAME EXPEDIENT TO DRAFT BLACK SOLDIERS INTO WHITE UNITS.

    And so, THE ARMY WAS INTEGRATED, making it one of the first big American institutions to reject organisation along racial lines and giving Kim Il Sung a walk-on part in the story of America’s racial progress.

    The army is also one of the few places where men from Chicago’s South Side mix with men from Marion or Carbondale, in the south of Illinois. In the absence of any huge expansion of military service, which would be of questionable utility in an era of missiles in space, America may need to invent some new form of national service that mixes its tribes in a common endeavour. Otherwise, they will drift farther apart, and believe madder and madder things about each other.

  • kamtanblog  On November 21, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    USA has always had the “north south” divide.
    Religiously racial issues compounded by its politico-eco capitalistic agendas. Wealth accumulation…not as much creation/distribution.
    Money gods !
    Multinational corporate power.
    Are we about to see a reset/change post CorV
    pandemic ? Not holding my breadth !
    Greed is a very powerful driving force in the capitalist system ! The alternative dictatorship
    not an option. Maybe a fairer distribution of its wealth….greater middle class in a classless society….new American 😴

    Dream on it’s free
    Dreams do come true

    Kamtan

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