When giants like Mandela and King are stripped of their revolutionary essence and remade as sentimental stick figures to be gushed over by all and sundry, the atrocities that sparked their fury and led to their commitment can be overlooked, left safely behind, even imagined never to have occurred.
It’s a way for people to sidestep the everlasting shame of past atrocities and their own collusion in the widespread horrors of racism that are still with us.”
My grandmother and I shared a love of blue skies. There are many where I live. I was excited for the skies that day…
As I helped my grandma in the field, I could see and hear drones overhead but wasn’t worried because we’re not militants…
I no longer like blue skies. In fact, I prefer gray skies. When the sky brightens, drones return and we live in fear.”
Jon Hurwitz and Mark Peffley, political scientists and authors of Justice in America: The Separate Realities of Blacks and Whites, in a recent interview with the Washington Post’s Wonkblog.
To paraphrase the quote: Whites were more okay with capital punishment and three-strikes laws when they were told that capital punishment and three-strikes laws were statistically more likely to be applied to blacks.