Join the Hub Debate: Is Racism in America Dead?

Is racism in America dead? Utah Politico Hub Readers and Contributors: We invite you–because you have contributed thoughts and posts on the Hub in the past–to consider the following topic. Is racism in America dead? As protests about police killings, Eric Garner’s death, and Michael Brown’s shooting continue across the nation, more people are asking whether racism is alive and well in the United States. A headline in Esquire offers “IF YOU NEEDED FURTHER PROOF RACISM IS NOT DEAD,” sharing anecdotes about discrimination at drinking fountains and microwaves. Meanwhile, Forbes…

Let’s have a talk about “privilege”

“Check your privilege.” One simple phrase, yet it embodies so much arrogance and condescension. In a quest to see who can prove the most awareness and deepest expression of their white liberal guilt over things previous generations inflicted upon other groups, this catchphrase has become a shorthand insult to disqualify someone else from participating in the conversation, ostensibly because they were born in fortunate circumstances. It’s a sad, pithy, and petty approach, a “personal insult posing as social critique” as The Atlantic put it. It’s also ineffective at actually making…

Clive Bundy, Racism, and the Outrage Machine

Clive Bundy, erstwhile Western Hero and Neo-American Revolutionary, has fallen from grace after inexplicably musing to reporters (on camera) during a press conference that black Americans might have been better off as slaves than on government welfare (full comments can be seen in the embedded video below). To the extent Mr. Bundy had achieved stature he didn’t deserve (and he had), he’s been brought back down to earth. Such is life; our essential humanity — its blessed and not-so-blessed aspects — has a way of revealing itself, despite our own (and others’)…

Cliven Bundy – Folk Hero No More

Recently, Cliven Bundy, a rebellious rancher in Nevada became a folk hero in some circles when, after decades of refusing to pay range fees, he stood up to “the man” and forced a stand-off with the BLM. Indeed, ad hoc militia groups rushed to his rescue, armed and ready to go to war for the rights of this man to ignore the law and thumb his nose not only at the feds, but at his law-abiding neighbors as well. (By the way, the hypocrisy of a group who demands strict…