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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions and the Sisyphean nature of American Racial Progress

I have been arguing since the 1970s that racial progress in America is cyclical. So many of my White friends have denied this in their blind belief in the American dream which brought their ancestors to these shores a century or two after my ancestors were brought here on chains. The fact that a stone cold racist, Jeff Sessions, has been appointed Attorney General and is already rolling back legal challenges to racial discrimination in voter registration in Texas as well as the findings of the Justice Department in Ferguson and Chicago of racist policing confirms my argument that their is a Sisyphean quality to racial justice in this country. We desperately need the intellectual understanding that White writers like Howard Zinn and countless African American and Hispanic writers have brought to this topic, former Harvard Law Professor Derrick Bell being the leading light. We need your political, economic, physical and moral support. We must resist, resist, resist even if Resistance Is Futile.

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