Monday, September 10, 2018
"Democracy in Black" previewed by Glaude's essay for Time Magazine, on how Trump materialized out of our darkest desires for social "rightsizing"
The Sept. 17, 2018 issue of Time Magazine offers a booklet-length essay “Don’t Let the Loud Bigots Distract You: America’s Real Problem with Race Cuts Much Deeper”, by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr , who is the Willisam S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton. He is author of “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul”, from Deckle Edge, hardcover (2016) or Crown, paper.
Glaude notes that for most of the last few decades, through the Obama years, most of us believed we weren’t racist – we didn’t mention race in the workplace (and usually not religion), we neutral. We qualified people for jobs based on merit.
But at the same time, we exacerbated the inequality of opportunity with artificial resegregation. I remember that from Dallas in the 1980s, when companies gradually moved from the close-in areas to far North Dallas or Richardson or Plano to have better (white) school districts for their own kids. We paid for schools with property taxes, and conducting tea parties.
We also didn’t admit a streak in some of us, where (as Umair Haque points out on Medium) where some of us would get off on the idea that some people are “born better” than others. Trump, Glaude says, was a president who would play on our darkest deep prejudices. We didn’t think it could happen. But enemies divides us, and knew a lot of us didn’t care enough personally.