Tuesday, April 12, 2011

how identity politics work

First Black Presidency Has Driven Many African Americans Insane | Black Agenda Report:
The insanity is documented in the Pew Research Center’s recent report, “How the Great Recession Has Changed Life in America,” which shows that Black America, the group that has been the most damaged, by far, in the Great Recession, is also the most enthusiastic about the state of the economy. Twenty-five percent of Blacks tell pollsters that the economy is doing good or excellent; that’s almost twice as high as the number of whites that think so – even though Black unemployment is about twice that of whites. Eighty-one percent of Blacks say America is still a land of prosperity, while only 59 percent of whites think that way, even though Blacks make only 61 cents for every white dollar earned, the same as 30 years ago.
The tl;dnr: Those who think race is more important than class will rationalize what "one of their own" does to them.

Note: that's from 2010. People of all hues are a bit saner now.

(Link thanks to JM, who gave it in a comment on the war between Obamabots and Obamabashbots*.)