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Recently, Daniel Politi wrote a piece for Salon.com that began, "In the four years since the United States elected the country’s first black president, a majority of Americans express outright prejudice toward blacks." His assertion, supported by surveys conducted by the Associated Press, was repeated numerous times on the airwaves, across MSNBC and countless online news sites. Of course, Politi's claim comes as no surprise to many if not most Black Americans who, over the years, have made the same claim ad nauseum.

But historically, claims of racism gain serious attention when a white person or white organization is making it -- like the Associated Press.

White anti-racist writer and lecturer, Tim Wise, frequently reminds the scores and sometimes hundreds who fill auditoriums to hear him that he, as a white man, can attract thousands for saying things about racism that are regularly ignored when Blacks say the same thing. If you are unfamiliar with Tim Wise, here's a link to one of his many videos - http://youtu.be/...

As a Black American, I didn't need to be informed by the Associated Press of the increased racism against Blacks in the U.S. since Barack Obama became president but I'm glad they conducted the survey and just as happy that it's getting the attention it is getting.

I write on this topic frequently for the LA Progressive with mixed reviews.

Originally posted to LA Progressive on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM PDT.

Also republished by Black Kos community.

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  •  I wanna say, duh! (0+ / 0-)

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 12:57:30 PM PDT

  •  I've been known to spend (3+ / 0-)
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    cruz, smkyle1, quill

    a little time on this particular hobbyhorse myself. As a high school teacher, I can't tell you how many times I've heard the phrase "...back when there was racism...." When was that? At breakfast this morning?

    Just a couple of hours ago, I was reading the book*Better Off Without 'Em" and the author recounted a conversation in which a Black professor said that the great exacerbator of racism in these last four years has been "placeism" -- that the racist mentality is grossly inflamed by Obama "not knowing his place." Interesting...

    I'll be looking for more of your writings.

    _____________ "One is more likely to be a successful, satisfied vulture capitalist if one is a narcissistic, sociopathic bully." -- Salmo

    by teachme2night on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 01:39:54 PM PDT

  •  Good diary (2+ / 0-)
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    smkyle1, SoCalSal

    and a very important point about white culture generally: we don't think anything is true or worth paying attention to unless white elites tell us to pay attention. When black people point out the school-to-prison pipeline, or the draconian and disproportionate punishment of school children of color, as well as disabled chilren, it doesn't usually go beyond those communities, except in more radical circles. But once a "white" or "elite" study is publishes saying what people of color have been saying for years, suddenly it's news.

    Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth. - Lucy Parsons

    by cruz on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 02:00:30 PM PDT

  •  Major media pundits have avoided (1+ / 0-)
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    quill

    subscribing to increased racism since 2008. Only old guys like Dan Rather and Chris Matthews have been willing to speak about the highly racialized component of the race.

    Even though 2008 seemed to defy the 'Bradley phenomenon', I prefer to keep Rasmussen in my mix of polls  as it serves as my Bradley effect.

    "I feel like I'm still waiting to meet my true self. I'm assuming it's gonna be in a dark alley and there's gonna be a fight." ---Rachel Maddow

    by never forget 2000 on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 02:35:16 PM PDT

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