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How Conservative Elites Stoke Racist Anxieties to Gain Power and Split Blacks and Whites

Conservatives have created a story of white victimhood, because it is easier than critically engaging the real problems facing America.

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The language of “white oppression” is a deeply historical, catch-all phrase for conservatives, one which signals a sense that something is very wrong with America. It should be a given that American is a white man’s country, a shining city on the hill, never to be eclipsed, where “real Americans” rule forever. Rather than look in the mirror and demand an accounting for the failed policies that brought about a crisis of faith and (perhaps) the nadir of American empire, it is easier to blame “those people,” and create a story of white victimhood than to critically engage the role of white conservatives in making this mess.

Chauncey DeVega, a pseudonym, is editor and founder of the blog We Are Respectable Negroes . His essays on race, popular culture and politics have been published in various books and Web sites. He can be reached at chaunceydevega@gmail.com.

 
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