To me, this is an important meeting because it’s our first to explore the role that race/racism play in our politics. I have been saving good articles on the subject for months. So many in fact, that I’m going to link to them in multiple posts starting now so that you’ll have more time to read them.
In this post, a few links to illustrate the gap in (1) economic circumstances between blacks and whites as a group, and (2) the chasm between perceptions in white and black Americans in their perceptions of how much racism there is in America.
- The Browning of America and its enormous political implications.
- White households have 20 times the wealth of black and Latino households. FYI, black household wealth has been virtually destroyed by the housing collapse and recession.
- White Americans think anti-black discrimination is way down and anti-white discrimination is way up. One study finds that whites believe that the decline in anti-black racism has come at their expense!
- A larger survey finds that 40% of Americans believe that racial conflict is still a major problem in America. Yet, the gap between what blacks and whites believe is not as large as you might think (about 50% versus 35%), and both groups tend to believe that racial conflict has been eclipsed as the most pressing problem in America by class and native/immigrant conflicts. The deep recession may be driving these one-time survey results.
- The myth of the persecuted white guy (highly recommended). One view of why so many whites feel that they’re the victims.
Tomorrow’s post: A working definition of racism, plus the problem of talking about racism in a post-racial (i.e., where it’s now taboo to be racist) society.