GWJ Antiracism Book Discussion - Book 1 How to Be an Antiracist

With metal, I wonder if they’re counting all of the different languages that metal is sung in? With hip-hop, it makes perfect sense. It’s probably the only popular art form where newly created words are introduced to the world on a regular basis.

I think this has been on topic.

Slightly off: The oft used “Word!” and “Word up!”, which have made their way into mainstream worldwide usage, originated from hearing a reggae lyric incorrectly. The original word was “murder” pronounced mur-dah. Mur-dah became word up which shortened to word!

These quotes span several chapters, but present a coherent theme for election day:

Ibram X. Kendi wrote:

So let’s set some definitions. What is racism? Racism is a marriage of racist policies and racist ideas that produces and normalizes racial inequities.

Americans have long been trained to see the deficiencies of people rather than policy. It’s a pretty easy mistake to make: People are in our faces. Policies are distant.

Wisconsin’s strict voter-ID law suppressed approximately two hundred thousand votes—again primarily targeting voters of color—in the 2016 election. Donald Trump won that critical swing state by 22,748 votes.

Here's hoping we do do better moving forward.

That Wisconsin voter suppression is unconscionable! I say this all the time: the Republican Party presidential candidate can only win by cheating. That’s been true for 40 years or more.