“For revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.”
– Frederick Douglass, July 4, 1852
Racism’s Surface and Deeper Levels
The United States, where median Black household wealth is less than 7 cents on the white household dollar and where the mild slogan “Black lives matter” is considered controversial, is still very much a racist nation. Grasping the nature of this national racism in 21stcentury means looking at the different levels on which race operates here. One level is at the nation’s discursive and symbolic surface. It is about language, imagery, signs, the color of elite personnel, representation, and, well, symbols.
with Chris Hedges
RT America on May 13, 2017
This week, imprisoned writer and activist Mumia Abu Jamal joins On Contact by phone from prison to discuss the new-slave narrative and state persecution. And on the 32nd anniversary of the Philadelphia police bombing of the radical MOVE organization headquarters, Chris Hedges is joined by MOVE members Ramona and Pam Africa. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the trial of Mumia Abu-Jamal.
James Q. Whitman’s new book is called Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law. It is understated and overdocumented, difficult to argue with. No doubt some will try.