links for 2011-04-13

  • In molecularshyness' own words: "Oh hell. Am I gonna have to go though 4 years of this crap in SC?"–AJP

    "Those who oppose the weeklong events disagree with what they see as romanticizing the antebellum South. The Rev. Nelson Rivers III, of the NAACP, says people who believe the war was fought over states' rights are not confronting the real cause: slavery.

    "'No matter how you dress it up, how you try to revise history,' Rivers says, 'when you're finished with this story, the war was about the South, and my state in particular, South Carolina, wanting to be able to hold black people as property. That's wrong.'"

  • "And perhaps inversely, the ancestry of the part-Latino pundits who were and are considered ‘White Dudes’ was not a factor in their ascending to such great heights because most people were unaware of their diverse family backgrounds. Perception trumps facts; if you are perceived as white, that can be beneficial. In the race game, the opposite of discrimination is often privilege, a concept that anti-racism activist Peggy McIntosh once defined in an essay:

    As a white person, I realized I had been taught about racism as something which puts others at a disadvantage, but had been taught not to see one of its corollary aspects, white privilege, which puts me at an advantage…"