mcphee wrote:When Demps posted something last night, I replied kind of negatively towards progress in that regard. I got thinking about it, and I'm not sure how best to explain it. I like to watch music documentaries. I was watching one currently on HBO about James Brown, and I was unaware of his connection to civil rights activities, and I had to explain to the kids watching with me that you need to understand where we were at that time to understand the points that were being made. So of course there's been all kinds of progress, but for every area that there is, you have to look at it.
Yes you can vote but we'll do our damndest to make sure you don't register. Today.
It seems that there is social acceptance as long as black people try and act more like white people, but not 100% because they're more fun at parties.
You absolutely have to look at it, and we are far from perfect. I think it sanitizes the past considerably to not recognize just how far we have come, however. I also think modern US racism has become closely linked with economic class antagonism, which has a very long history in our British intellectual heritage. This is not to dismiss the existence of pure racism, and the very real institutional and systemic racism that plagues the US. It is important, however, to recognize the shift that has taken place over the past few centuries and continues to evolve.