In response to concerns expressed by some members of my family, I have removed this blog post. This marks the first time that I’ve removed or changed something for reasons other than finding an error or a typo.
This post will not reappear here. But nor will it completely disappear. I plan to revise and expand it, with the aim of publishing it somewhere else in the future. If I can initiate a dialogue with family members, I want also to incorporate their critique into a new and better essay. As I said in the original piece, I refuse to deny the truths about racism’s legacy. But I also want to do a better job at expressing those truths.
As James Baldwin writes in The Fire Next Time (1963), white people “are, in effect, still trapped in a history which they do not understand; and until they understand it, they cannot be released from it” (8).
[The links that accompanied the original post remain.]
- To help survivors of the 2015 Charleston Massacre
- In general
Essays on the 2015 Charleston Massacre
- Britt Bennett, “White Terrorism Is as Old as America,” New York Times, 19 June 2015
- Robin Bernstein, “Racial Innocence Suffuses a White Confessed Killer,” Racial Innocence, 21 June 2015
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Take Down the Confederate Flag — Now,” The Atlantic, 18 June 2015
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, “When This Cruel War Was Over,” The Atlantic, 22 June 2015
- Julius Lester, “Reflections on the Murders in Charleston, South Carolina,” Facebook post, 19 June 2015
- Jeb Lund, “The Charleston Shooter: Racist, Violent, and, Yes — Political,” Rolling Stone, 19 June 2015
- Nell Irvin Painter, “What Is Whiteness?”, New York Times, 20 June 2015
- Stacey Patton, “Black America should stop forgiving white racists,” Washington Post, 22 June 2015
- Alison Piepmeier, “My fellow white people, now is the time to truly examine white privilege,” Charleston City Paper, 22 June 2015
- Claudia Rankine, “The Condition of Black Life is One of Mourning,” New York Times Magazine, 22 June 2015
- Rebecca Traister, “Our Racist History Isn’t Back to Haunt Us. It Never Left Us,” New Republic, 18 June 2015
- Charleston Syllabus (African American Intellectual History Society): An outstanding collection of resources.
- Daniel Costa-Roberts, “8 things you didn’t know about the Confederate flag,” PBS NewsHour, 21 June 2015.
Related posts (on this blog)
- Ferguson: Response & Resources (24 Aug. 2014)
- The Archive of Childhood, Part 2: The Golliwog (13 Jan. 2015)
- #BlackLivesMatter: A Twitter Essay (3 Dec 2014)
- Regarding the Pain of Racism (4 April 2015)
- On Reading the Expurgated Huck Finn; or, Why We Should Teach Offensive Novels (17 Oct. 2014)
- Was the Cat in the Hat Black? (22 June 2014)
- ‘The Boundaries of Imagination’; or the All-White World of Children’s Books, 2014 (17 Mar. 2014)
- Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, and Offensiveness (5 Jan. 2011)
- Can Censoring a Children’s Book Remove Its Offensiveness? (19 Sept. 2010)