Prison is the only form of public housing that the government has truly invested in over the past 5 decades— Marc Lamont Hill
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When they say accountability, they mean surveillance and standardization.
We must talk about how sexism and patriarchy operate in conjunction with state violence. Until we're honest about that, and do something to resist, we're complicit in the persistence of oppression.
If we begin by the conversation that some people shouldn't be encouraged to come to the polls, that does nothing to help us. And just as a practical matter, when we don't encourage voters to come out to the polls, the people who stay home quickest are black and brown folk.
When we look at the Trump candidacy or we look at any Republican candidacy for the presidency that's been successful, they tend to win by the margin of black and brown and poor people and immigrants who do not vote.
The Trump voter isn't just an ignorant white guy in the South that if he were more educated would vote differently. The Trump voter is also someone who is dealing with an entirely new economy that his father, grandfather or grandmother didn't have to face 30, 40, 50, 60 years ago.
Part of what we have to do is not just keep ignorant people away from the polls.
We have to actually change the structural realities that make people make bad choices beyond their ignorance or what have you.
Part of why I wrote my book was so that we could focus on the structural and systemic reasons behind social misery. Changed hearts and minds are important. But they do little against the backdrop of a system that needs to exploit people and labor to survive. I'm more interested in changed systems than changed hearts.
The truth is there are people who are quite informed who still vote against their interests. I would argue that, as a Green Party supporter, I would argue that middle-class black people are voting against their interests oftentimes.
We live in a world where black humanity is a relatively new idea.
For me, self-care is a lesson I'm still learning.
But it begins with space away from the heaviness of life. I now take time to play, laugh, and, every once in awhile, sleep.
The hoodies themselves aren't criminal. White people wear hoodies all the time!
Throughout history there have been black people who have played mammies, all sorts of offensive images, who didn't mind doing it.
There's a long history of saying certain people shouldn't be voting.
And, unfortunately, the people who are often left out of these conversations are people who are black and brown.
Part of the narrative which is sort of supported by the data is that Trump voters are the least educated, and they're voting for Trump out of white solidarity or out of frustration that they're, quote, unquote, "losing their country". And my concern with that is that it sort of reduces the condition of the Trump voter to one of pure ignorance. And I think it's far more complicated.
If you look at literacy tests in the South, for example, they were absurdly difficult and didn't measure literacy. They were simply measuring whether or not you were black. So at every moment when we've said, hey, we don't want certain people to vote because they are not educated enough, it is often simply become a way of excluding black and brown people.
We have to convince the white worker that they have something to gain by forming a solidarity politics with black workers because everything that's happened over the last three to 400 years in America has divided the white and the black worker.