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America is said to live through “racial calculations.” Really?

We are now living in an era defined not by racial calculations, but by grasping the desperate gasping to regain white innocence. For longer than the “America” ​​existed, it had a comfortable home in the bone marrow of the country’s bones. Photo: Stephen Zener / AFP / Getty Images “There is no hatred in the United States.” So last week Joe Biden announced a new law to address the rise of racist hate crimes against Asians in the United States. Tweeted while announcing to sign. Of course, Biden’s claim is an illusion, perhaps a more charitable desire. Whatever it is, it is certainly not a statement of fact. Hatred has many places in America. For longer than the “America” ​​existed, it had a comfortable home in the bone marrow of the country’s bones. Indeed, as we know today, the United States would not have existed-perhaps not at all-it had a hatred-burning (and greedy-burning) violent logic, It wasn’t for the machines of Chattel slavery and settler colonialism. It shaped the country’s economy and its government and borders. Hatred shaped the early American system and was written in its founding documents. Hatred continues to build both public and private institutions to this day, even though it is often under the colorblind veneer that obscures hatred to those who do not want to see it. And, of course, hatred routinely dominates the everyday experiences and fears of the people of color who roam the country. The latest hate crime law, which was signed on Thursday, wouldn’t be necessary unless it was true. The United States has experienced “racial calculations” over and over again for a long time since Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd and the world collapsed in protests and rebellions. It is. I confess that I had no idea what this meant. Or it may be more accurate to say that I don’t know if those who believe it is true know what it means. Doesn’t the calculation require an honest and sustainable inventory of racist past and present racists in the country? Isn’t that at least what it should mean? And to prove it meaningful, I don’t think it’s a process that involves measures that may actually remedy the harm caused by past and present racial hatred, just to pursue the future. Is it? I’m confused by the people talking about our ongoing “racial math” because what I’m explaining above is certainly not happening. Indeed, there is plenty of evidence everywhere that white Americans, especially generally speaking, did not even begin to consider hatred and racism in a sustainable way. Opinion polls, for example, have consistently shown that most white Americans have never endorsed the Black Lives movement. Percentage of people who temporarily crossed the 40% threshold after the killing of George Floyd, but support declined rapidly and more or less returned to the status quo. Meanwhile, a March poll showed that police support and confidence had risen significantly over the past year, the opposite pattern of support and trust in Black Lives Matter. Moreover, the active refusal of Republicans to engage in this supposed calculation has been dominant in our national affairs over the past year. Their miserable and hysterical political opposition to the teachings of critical racial theory (or in fact anything about race) in American schools is that racism literally builds American institutions and societies. It just refuses to consider how to do it. Last year’s anti-racist protests and their dishonest comparison and confusion with the January 6 rebellious government coup, inspired by prominent white supremacist Donald Trump, show yet another sign. I am. And, of course, almost a year after the first legislative measures to combat racial terrorism in the U.S. police were introduced to Congress in the name of Floyd, at best, it slightly blunts the deadly edge of police terrorism. Just a measure-a law where nothing really happens. Or think about how legislators responded to the recent hate crime bill signed by Biden last Thursday. Among those who opposed trying to prevent racist hate crimes was Tom Tiffany. Tom Tiffany includes the city of Wausau, which was notorious when the New York Times published an article about local government denials last week in the Wisconsin district, hours north of where I live. So to deal with racism. (The flash point of the conflict in Wausau revolves around a county committee resolution recognizing racial disparities in the community. In good agreement with Biden’s tweet, the resolution was initially titled “No Place of Hatred.” It was, but “it was considered too inflamed.”) This rarely hits me as a country that thinks a lot honestly. Arnold Schrey, director of Wausau’s White County and recorded in the Times of his work in the city, provided this as an explanation for why he opposed the community’s proposed anti-racist resolution. .. They move their tails from day to dark, have the privilege of whites, are racists, and need to treat Mons, people of color, and gays better to be racists. People who tell. People are fed up with it. The great American writer James Baldwin often talked about innocence when talking about racism. More specifically, he wrote in his classic The Fire Next Time: “I know … and this is a crime I blame my country and my compatriots, and neither I nor time nor history forgive them … they destroyed and hundreds of thousands of lives You’re destroying, you don’t know it, you don’t want to know. “Sure, we have to strive to be tough and philosophical about destruction and death. This is what we do about humans. That’s what most humans are good at since we heard it. (But remember: most of humans aren’t all of humans.) But it’s forgiving that devastated authors should also be innocent. No. It is innocent to compose a crime. “We are now defined not by” racial calculations “but by a desperate gasping grasp to regain white innocence from the dangers of such calculations. I am amazed at living in the times. Do not honestly tell us or our children about our past or present, which is the opponent of the demand for racial justice. Do not openly doubt our loyalty to white supremacist political leaders. Don’t blame institutions that support white supremacy and use violence against those who don’t like us. But above all, they want to forgive their sins for making all those demands. Confirm our innocence and they ask. We are not racists. Men like Arnold Schlei demand that we understand despite the evidence. Schlei’s words against anti-racist resolutions in his city are not those of those who have considered the past year, but they constitute a positive and widespread veto of doing so. doing. And they also reflect the greater truth. What many white Americans desperately want is not justice for everyone, including those who do not look like them or are not alive. Rather, they want to live with the confidence and promise that they are good people nonetheless.

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