Tag: Whites

Trump’s Re-election Message Is White Grievance

A lot of Republicans are acting puzzled about Donald Trump’s re-election pitch. “He has no message,” one Republican source told Reuters. “He needs to articulate why he wants a second term,” said another. Some have expressed hope that Trump would find a way to become less polarizing, as if polarization were not the raison d’être […]

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The Day the White Working Class Turned Republican

THE HARDHAT RIOTNixon, New York City, and the Dawn of the White Working-Class RevolutionBy David Paul Kuhn The nation, we keep hearing on television and in social media blather, is politically divided as never before. Nonsense. The ostensibly united states have been disunited many, many times, and “The Hardhat Riot,” by David Paul Kuhn, vividly […]

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John T. Edge, A White Gatekeeper of Southern Food, Faces Calls to Resign

For years, people have been calling for John T. Edge to step down as head of the influential Southern Foodways Alliance. They say he is a kingmaker. They say he is a white man — however charming — who has too much power over who tells the story of food in a region where so […]

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Boogaloo Extremists Took the Hawaiian Shirt. What Now?

It’s one of the most discussed street styles of the spring: tactical body armor, customized assault rifles, maybe a sidearm and helmet, paired with the languid floral patterns of a Hawaiian shirt. While it’s not uncommon to see heavily armed white men toting military-grade gear on American streets, the addition of the Hawaiian shirt is […]

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The Black-White Wage Gap Is as Big as It Was in 1950

Black Share of Wages That’s remarkable. Despite decades of political change — the end of enforced segregation across the South, the legalization of interracial marriage, the passage of multiple civil rights laws and more — the wages of black men trail those of white men by as much as when Harry Truman was president. That […]

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The U.S. State Department of Racial Discrimination

Since the protests over the killing of George Floyd, the State Department has been rocked by internal debates, Zoom calls and discussions on how to tackle its lack of diversity. It is no secret that the American foreign service has long been dominated by white males. Most diplomats dismiss this as a regrettable consequence of […]

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White Americans Say They Are Waking Up to Racism. What Will It Add Up To?

One recent afternoon, while washing his car, Greg Reese, a white stay-at-home dad in Campton, Ky., peeled off the Confederate flag magnet he had placed on its trunk six years earlier. He did not put it back on. It was a small act for which he expected no accolades. It should not have taken the […]

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White Americans Say They Are Waking Up to Racism. What Will It Add Up To?

One recent afternoon, while washing his car, Greg Reese, a white stay-at-home dad in Campton, Ky., peeled off the Confederate flag magnet he had placed on its trunk six years earlier. He did not put it back on. It was a small act for which he expected no accolades. It should not have taken the […]

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NASCAR Investigating Noose Found in Bubba Wallace’s Garage

Days after the only black driver in NASCAR’s top racing series sported a “Black Lives Matter” message and celebrated the organization’s banning the Confederate flag, a noose was found on Sunday in his garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, officials said. “Today’s despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves […]

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Trump’s ‘Law and Order’ Talk for ‘Blacks and Hippies’

Last week, Donald Trump stood in the White House Rose Garden and announced an executive order on police reform — a list of minor, unfunded actions that incentivized some changes but mandated none. This was his response to the anti-racism, anti-police brutality Black Lives Matter protests sweeping the country. I don’t think it was an […]

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A Racist Attack on Children Was Taped in 1975. We Found Them.

The video rolls on a sunny suburban street, and a group of black children bike toward what looks to them like a parade — there’s a small crowd, and an American flag. Suddenly, they’re swarmed by a group of white children, who hurl racial epithets and rocks. Adults gathered nearby do nothing. The black children […]

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When Antifa Hysteria Sweeps America

What can we possibly make of the crisis that unfolded in the remote Oregon seaside town of Coquille? Coquille is a sleepy logging community of 3,800 people, almost all of them white. It is miles and miles from nowhere. Portland is 250 miles to the north. San Francisco is 500 miles to the south. But […]

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Biden and Trump Are Fighting Each Other in a Changed World

America has swung wildly from electing, and re-electing, its first African-American president, to installing the most belligerently white chief executive in the nation’s history. Now, as a multiracial cohort of demonstrators has massed in more than 2000 cities and towns, as Covid-19 has shifted to red states and as the economy has continued to crater, […]

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The Woman Who Took Down a Confederate Flag on What Came Next

She knew she would be arrested, but that was the least of her concerns. She had to make it to the top of the flagpole first. Bree Newsome Bass got in her car that morning five years ago this month and drove an hour and a half to Columbia, S.C., from Charlotte, N.C. It had […]

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I’m a Black American. I Had to Get Out.

LAMBEAU, Trinidad and Tobago — I watched the video of George Floyd taking his last breaths under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer while scrolling through Facebook early one morning here. The sound of crashing waves and my children’s giggles created the soundtrack for the devastating images. My mother came out onto our sunny front […]

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One Big Difference About George Floyd Protests: Many White Faces

As crowds have surged through American cities to protest the killing of George Floyd, one of the striking differences from years past has been the sheer number of white people. From Minneapolis to Washington, D.C., marchers noticed the change, and wondered what it meant that so many white Americans were showing up for the cause […]

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Trump’s Tulsa Rally Is Just More Racist Trolling

Most people — or, at any rate, most readers of The New York Times — remember Donald Trump’s response to the white nationalist riot in Charlottesville, Va., as a particularly low point in a presidency full of them. After a rambling, aggrieved news conference in which he defended some of those marching with neo-Nazis as […]

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As Americans Shift on Racism, Trump Digs In

WASHINGTON — NASCAR is demanding that its fans no longer fly Confederate flags at races. The Pentagon and some Republican senators are open to renaming military bases that bear the names of Confederate soldiers. Corporate America is taking stances against racial injustice. A majority of Americans say the police show racial bias in their use […]

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White Counterprotesters in Franklinville, N.J., Mock George Floyd’s Killing

The protest in the New Jersey township was similar to those that have unfolded across the United States since George Floyd was killed in police custody: About 70 people gathered to rally against police brutality and systemic racism. But as the diverse group marched along Monday, waving signs and chanting slogans in support of the […]

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Coronavirus, Racism and Injustice: No One Is Coming to Save Us

After Donald Trump maligned the developing world in 2018, with the dismissive phrase “shithole countries,” I wrote that no one was coming to save us from the president. Now, in the midst of a pandemic, we see exactly what that means. The economy is shattered. Unemployment continues to climb, steeply. There is no coherent federal […]

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The Central Park Video and #LivingWhileBlack in New York City

Samuel Roberts, a professor at Columbia University, remembered being stopped by the police as he walked his Rottweiler along Morningside Drive after someone reported that a black man was robbing people with a dog in tow. Tamiesha Parris Flatts, a nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, recalled how once, when she was slow to […]

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‘The Pain Is Too Intense’: Joe Biden Challenges White Americans

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., addressing a nation on edge, challenged white Americans on Friday to fully confront the enduring inequities faced by black Americans because, he said, “the pain is too intense for one community to bear alone.” In his first formal remarks since a white Minneapolis police officer was […]

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‘The Pain Is Too Intense’: Biden Challenges White Americans

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., addressing a nation on edge, challenged white Americans on Friday to fully confront the enduring inequities faced by black Americans because, he said, “the pain is too intense for one community to bear alone.” In his first formal remarks since a white Minneapolis police officer was […]

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How White Women Use Themselves as Instruments of Terror

At a time of so much death and suffering in this country and around the world from the Covid-19 pandemic, it can be easy, I suppose, to take any incidents that don’t result in death as minor occurrences. But they aren’t. The continued public assault on black people, particularly black men, by the white public […]

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Amy Cooper Leveraged Racial Power and Failed

The symbolism is almost too much to bear. The antagonist stares down the barrel of the camera, removing her surgical face mask at the same moment she takes off her figurative mask and offers the audience a glimpse into what lies beneath. The woman, Amy Cooper, points her finger at the stranger behind the camera, […]

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For African-Americans in Uniform, It’s Duty, Honor, Country. But Don’t Expect to Lead.

WASHINGTON — A photograph of President Trump and his top four-star generals and admirals, tweeted in October by Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, was meant as a thank-you to the commander in chief. But it angered a lot of others, and not just those who erupted on Twitter. “You would have thought it was 1950,” […]

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For African-Americans in Uniform, It’s Duty, Honor, Country. But Don’t Expect to Lead.

WASHINGTON — A photograph of President Trump and his top four-star generals and admirals, tweeted in October by Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, was meant as a thank-you to the commander in chief. But it angered a lot of others, and not just those who erupted on Twitter. “You would have thought it was 1950,” […]

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The Striking Racial Divide in How Covid-19 Has Hit Nursing Homes

In the suburbs of Baltimore, workers at one nursing home said they were given rain ponchos to protect from infection. Twenty-seven employees at the facility, where most residents are African-American, tested positive for the coronavirus. One of the many black residents of a nursing home in Belleville, Ill., died in April amid a coronavirus outbreak. […]

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