Monday, November 28, 2016

Did You Know That 'White Supremacy' is a 'Fad?' Sharing Some Post-Thanksgiving Week Reading

The Golata-Bowe riot seems apropos for this political moment in America.

I hope that your Thanksgiving was restful and that there were no injuries caused by disagreements about politics or turkeys put into the fryer while still frozen.

To start the week, I would like to share some links and other material of interest that help to make sense (or not) the long twilight that is the Age of Trump. It has only been about three weeks but feels like an eternity.

Henry Girioux has been some amazing things. His most recent interview can be listened to here.

War on the Rocks had a great piece on cyber warfare, propaganda, and Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Toni Morrison laid out the raw truth about Trump's win, white supremacy, racism, and violence in her recent piece at The New Yorker.

Was it racism? Economic anxiety? Or something else that enabled Trump to steal the White House. The Atlantic says it was largely about educational level.

Mother Jones' Kevin Drum says that "white supremacy" is a "fad". I don't think you should take his essay seriously, but it is worthwhile for what it signal about "identity politics" and the Democratic Party going forward. And if you missed it, The New York Times' much discussed piece on the perils of "identity politics" can be read here. Laili Lalami also has a must read on the identity politics of whiteness that appeared in the New York Times Magazine.

What have you been reading, listening to, or watching?

And yes, I did buy my ticket for Star Wars: Rogue One. Have you?

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