“Elegant racism”


America has never discriminated on the basis of race (which does not exist) but on the basis of racism (which most certainly does.)
[…] A phrase like “mass incarceration” obviates the fact that “mass incarceration” is mostly localized in black neighborhoods. In Chicago during the ’90s, there was no overlap between the incarceration rates of black and white neighborhoods. The most incarcerated white neighborhoods in Chicago are still better off than the least incarcerated black neighborhoods. The most incarcerated black neighborhood in Chicago is 40 times worse than the most incarcerated white neighborhood.

Perhaps black people are for reasons of culture or genetics 40 times more criminal than white people. Or perhaps there is something more elegant at work

via This Town Needs a Better Class of Racist – Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Atlantic.

Note: In wake of this whole Donald Sterling, one thing the players who are members of the NBA Players Union should learn is that they do have some power and they specific ways they can exercise it.