We Are Not Yet Equal by Carol Anderson

Available At: Chinook Trail (MS), Rampart

Categories: Racism, Whiteness

Description: Presents the argument that since the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, when African Americans make advances toward full participation in our democracy, white reaction feeds deliberate and relentless rollback of their progress.

YA Label?: Yes

Notes: Debunked concepts based on Critical Race Theory

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Page 2: “Now, it can’t be denied that racism in America is still very much a thing.”

Page 3: “What was really at work here was white rage.”

Page 3: “White rage is not only about visible violence, but rather it works its way through the courts, the legislatures, and a range of government bureaucracies.”

Page 3: “The trigger for white rage, inevitably, is black advancement.”

Page 7: “Lincoln’s anger in 1862 was directed at blacks, who, by and large, fully supported the Union and did not want to leave the United States of America.”

Page 231: “This is the moment now when all of us- black, white, Latino, Native American, Asian American- must step out of the shadow of white rage, deny its power, understand its unseemly goals, and refuse to be seduced by its buzzwords, dog whistles, and sophistry.”

Chapter 18: “There was no drug crisis in 1982.”

Sub-Section “Supreme Moves”: [United States v. Brignoni-Ponce, 1975] “…approved racial profiling.” [Utter lie – the exact opposite occured. The Supreme Court determined it was a violation of the Fourth Amendment for a roving patrol car to stop a vehicle solely on the basis of the driver appearing to be of Mexican descent.]

Sub-Section “Supreme Moves”: [McClesky v. Kemp, 1987] “Tossed out irrefutable evidence of racial bias in sentencing because of its implications for the entire criminal justice system and required, instead, proof of overt, visible discrimination against the individual defendant to support a claim of violation of equal protection under the law.” [Another intentional twisting of fact. Statement in findings was “racial disproportion” not “racial bias”. This meant the court determined that, just because there is a higher number of prisoners of one race, it does not automatically mean it is because of a racist justice system.]

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