The Politics Of Cruelty And Cruelty As Politics

"“White identity policing” is an instance in which a white person reports the actions and behavior of a black person to the police that (s)he would not report were the same actions those of  a white person. I’ve suspected that the frequency and tenor of white identity policing is a knock-on effect from the curious way that Black Lives Matter receded from the spotlight of a very specific cultural, political, and media moment."

Kanye West And The Double Hustle

Kanye West is a small player in a sprawling, decades old play that’s seldom seen for what it truly is. The Double Hustle’s features are 1) real and genuine oppression; 2) mass, mostly justified grievances; 3) white hot media fascination; 4) obsession with celebrities who use their “platforms” to speak on behalf of the movement; 5) black politicians following instead of leading; 6) the inevitable wane and disappointment; and, lastly, 7) "non-commensurate victory conditions," when “winning” for black people has a higher bar and a higher cost than it does for any other groups with which we claim solidarity.

The Angle 10/11/2018

It only took us 20 years to understand that digital readers get “easily distracted, flitting from link to link, and a little allergic to depth.” By contrast, if you’ve paid hard cash for a newspaper and it’s the only thing in front of you, aren’t you going to get your money’s worth? Are you going to check Google News on your phone while you’re scouring box scores? Indeed, “In print, newspapers had few if any competitors. Online, they have infinite competitors.” This is the Achilles heel of making money from digital content.

What We (Don’t) See When We (Don’t) See Institutional Racism

There's definitely some sense in which the Protestant work ethic has been used to explain and justify entrenched racial inequities that also benefit those doing the explaining. That hard-working black people have held the same values as everyone else for generations is inconvenient and can’t have anything to do with the reverberating effects of, for instance, systemic housing discrimination since the 1940s.

It Ain’t About Asians At Harvard

Despite facts and data, Edward Blum and a political network that Mother Jones calls the "dark money ATM of the conservative movement" push the idea that there are too many brown and and black (especially black) people on elite college campuses who are not worthy.

There’s A Policeman In My Head And He Must Be Shelby Steele (On Black Conservatives)

"The black conservative agenda is a product. Black conservatives sell it by seeing the world through the eyes of their predominantly white consumers and patrons. In that world racism is a bug, not a feature of American modernity."