On symbols of racial hate

I am not much impressed with southern leaders falling all over themselves to remove Confederate flags from public buildings and parks. It is hand-wringing of the most hypocritical sort, providing convenient cover for centuries of institutional racism. Yes, their actions are a welcome shift, but they hardly rise to the level of courage or leadership. The fawning over Nikki Haley in South Carolina is just another side show in a media circus that is looking for drama.

So let's not get distracted by the diversion. America's racial biases go far beyond flags and bumper stickers. They pervade all our institutions, especially the criminal justice system (law enforcement, prisons, drug laws), public school funding, and employment practices.

As I have written on many occasions, we are a country that was built on slavery and genocide. And we have barely begun to remove the knife of racial hatred.

http://www.bluenc.com/content/284-years
http://www.bluenc.com/content/case-reparations
http://www.bluenc.com/content/cleaning-our-messes
http://www.bluenc.com/content/apologies-2

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Look, a distraction!

Pay no attention to that gun behind the curtain. Focus on the flag.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014