Racism is the new Black

Cross-posted from the Brave New Films Blog.

Lots of things can characterize the state of affairs in this country over the last 2+ years: incompetence, hypocrisy, ignorance, corruption, straight-up evil. But a theme that has been overtly present in a very real way is, you guessed it, racism. Open, unapologetic, racism. Yes, it has become cool again to very visibly differentiate how non-white people are treated in this country ever since Hurricane Katrina. With nooses being hung all over the country like decorations, Black and Latin citizens being treated demonstrably more harshly in court proceedings, peaceful, thinking Black men being singled out and brutalized by Capitol Police, the largely unpublicized torture of a Black women in WV, and countless other evidence, it is clear that the more overt flavor of race hatred has taken the lead over it's covert cousin that was in the driver's seat since the end of Jim Crow.

Tones such as this get set from the top-down. Kanye said that Bush doesn't care about Black folks. He's right, but the scope of the statement is a bit too narrow. Actually, this set of "leaders" doesn't care too much for anyone [that's not rich and white].

These three and more could be used to not only characterize the last two years, but they can also characterize life for Black people in this country between Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education.

America is a country that should be moving forward, not running backwards. A move forward towards peace within our own minds, peace within our own communities, and peace within our own borders is paramount. Having these eliminates the desire for war with anyone. It is up to the responsible electorate to put in place leaders who understand this and will make not only personal pledges against these phenomena, but who will put action behind such sentiments in the form of policy.

One Love. One II.


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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org. I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

2 responses to “Racism is the new Black”

  1. PTBW says :

    Um, considering how many black on white crimes there are and how they are never mentioned more than once while white on black crimes that aren’t even real get months of coverage(Duke Lacrosse Case), I would say the racial hate is against whites by not only a lot of blacks but by lots of self hating whites as well is quite high.

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