Does Dog-Whistle Racism Actually Exist?

You’ve probably heard of the GOP’s dog-whistle racism. It refers to any untraceable nod to a voter base’s racial prejudices. It is a political signal of agreement with socially unacceptable or politically incorrect imbalances that is always small or innocent enough to have plausible deniability. Like a dog whistle, it can be heard by the racists, but it doesn’t need to be apologized for by the GOP. The dog-whistle political signal is akin to a “micro-aggression.” It’s a large enough Read more […]

How to Celebrate Diversity without Causing Division

In what is now called “The Pound Cake speech,” Bill Cosby made a lot of enemies for himself in the black community by criticizing, even mocking, what he saw as destructive, ignorant, asinine aspects of “black culture.” Critics of the speech claimed that Cosby was criticizing poor people in black communities more than black culture in general. They saw his rant as the condescending diatribe of a priviledged elite against his lower-class neighbors. Many people called him an Uncle Tom or Read more […]