Link Roundup for the New Era
With Trump headed for the presidency, everything is different, everything is the same. Time to think about whiteness again or for the first time.
And more on race and the election: "To me thinking through the category of racial capitalism is more important then ever. A lot of the post-election analysis focused on whether Trump’s supporters are economically anxious or plain racists. This is a misleading opposition. One of the insights of Black Reconstruction where Du Bois talks about the "wages of whiteness" is to recognize that the question of economic anxiety is inextricably, ineluctably, perfectly reflective of the question of ones own sense of entitlement. And one's own sense of entitlement in the post-slave-trade world for white people is what Du Bois calls a sense of personal whiteness: I am white and therefore I deserve. The sets of questions that we see royalling the Trump campaign around the folks who feel they have been left out or ignored are inseparable from a superintending sense that they are the people who most deserve to be included. That is inextricable from the question of race and gender identity."
Are you trying to figure out what you can do to help the water protectors at Standing Rock, who are now facing winter conditions and evacuation orders? Yes! Magazine has a good list of tips, practical actions, and organizations to donate to.
We're likely to see the surveillance state expand even further once we have a Commander-in-Chief with a history of pursuing vendettas against enemies a declared intent to round up and deport millions of immigrants living in the US, and a terrifyingly blasé attitude about the idea of stripping USians of their citizenship. At Catapult, Kashana Cauley talks about privacy and offers solid tips for starting to protect your information.
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