The truth about dating by julie christensen

oo often, black people are asked to expend too much time and energy answering well-intended, but problematic, questions from white people. ’”) More white people need to speak out in support of movements like Black Lives Matter, to challenge people who claim to support equality but refuse to condemn the staggeringly high numbers of police shootings of black men.

I wanted my book to confront white readers and make them question their belief in the status quo.

They succeed because they pin their arguments to the claim that they are not racists.

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To examine their privilege and ask themselves what truly makes America great.

For several months, I researched hate groups tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center, reading their forums, watching interviews, and following the Twitter feeds of the groups’ leaders.

And we—the mainstream public—didn’t take them seriously.

We didn’t know they were standing among us, in our schools, our workplaces, in the check-out line at the grocery store.

What was the world coming to when gay people could get married and transgender people could use the bathroom of their choice?

As Arlie Hochschild beautifully portrays in her book, they felt like strangers in their own land.

Instead of blatant use of the N-word, for example, racial slurs are encoded.

For those in the know, memes like Pepe the Frog are symbols that have been embraced by the “alt-right” to symbolize white supremacy, as are photos of white men drinking milk (because many people of color are lactose intolerant).

And there was something pathetic about them, too, to think of a group of people that were so backwards, they would willingly make themselves a target in order to hate other people. Now, white supremacists have rebranded themselves as white nationalists and the “alt-right.” Gone are the white capes and pointed hats, the “white power” tattoos and shaved heads.

In their place are polo shirts, chinos, and Barbour jackets.

In the new president, they saw, if not a supporter, at least someone who would elevate sympathizers of their cause to positions of power in the White House.

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