Dr. Brittney Cooper makes a valid argument in her recent Salon article that is often overlooked these days–some liberals, usually of the white variety, are taking some arguments very personally, when it’s not about them, it’s about the bigger picture:
For more than a century, the fate of African-Americans has been the pawn in a dysfunctional national family drama played out by whites on the liberal left and whites on the right…. Black and brown folk have now endured six years of a straight-up, all out, go-for-broke temper tantrum on the right. Seeing themselves as the paragons of reason, liberal white folks have largely stood idly by reasoning with their brethren and sistren on the right to play nice, even though it is so clear that the right is not interested in a clean game.
It is this larger political context of white liberal dubiousness that Michelle Goldberg omits when she claims that “white liberal” has become a favorite left-wing epithet.
On today’s show we talked with Dr. Cooper about why it’s time to stop calling the us divisive and maybe start listening instead:
#TeamBlackness also discussed whether civil rights activism has been replaced by panels, the importance of Twitter, and Feedback Thursday.