Race is expressed in denials and stereotypes, in social action; class through law and association. Both have complex patterns and power levers. Together, they are the tip of the spear: odd, asymmetrical adversaries that instruct decisions, actions and beliefs, for single cases and communities. From last night, immigration law is to be set for a whole group for fear of a single case; yet the same leaders ignore Alabama’s dilemma: losing 40% of its harvest of fruits and produce when it passed the nation’s harshest immigration laws, making it illegal for undocumented families to rent or attend school. The state passed voting requirements against non-existent fraud, shaving the rolls to swing districts protected by gerrymandering.
Race’s main purpose has been to serve as “the problem” (the face!) of greed and corruption that the 1% and corporations hide behind. Blame those who are different. But no terrorists poisoned Flint! It was too much regulation, power says (Jeb Bush, MI officials), to deflect and demoralize those who protest the power class, its inhumane quest. Cities that depended on black labor for its factories saw corporations abandon the work force, and now Democrats are blamed.
For Republicans, this election is to defeat Obama in absentsia! His is the political name above all ideology; through him, race walked the halls of power. They hurl vitriol and shame themselves. He tried to shred the spear; they turned it into a thousand daggers.
Plutocrats and Prejudice – The New York Times http://nyti.ms/1nIS86p