To help deepen the conversation, our editorial team has put together an informal resource guide. This “Read Watch Listen Do” is a list of materials and activities that have informed our understanding of white supremacy and anti-Blackness.
Donald Trump’s campaign of 2016 revealed something many of us already knew. Before any pundits thought he had a chance, thousands and thousands of white people turned out to his rallies. Their cheers turned to howls and jeers as Trump encouraged violence against protesters and spat dog-whistle racism about the city of Chicago. Twice on the campaign trail, Trump told a story about a U.S. general said to have executed a group of would-be “Muslim terrorists” by dipping bullets in pig’s blood and shooting them one by one. He told the apocryphal tale in gory detail while crowds in Charleston, South Carolina and Dayton, Ohio, cheered him on.
For the next few months, every other week Scalawag will be bringing you stories that highlight everyday Southerners confronting white supremacy and anti-Blackness in their communities with creative strategies... and unwavering commitment.
While the idea of resistance may be trending now, for many Southerners, the word resonates through centuries of struggle into our daily lives. The South is not unique in this regard, but in the American experience, it stands apart.
The GOP health care bill is especially threatening for low-income and unemployed Americans living in rural areas—a disproportionate number of whom are Black and Latinx, a disproportionate number of whom live in the South.
After awhile, people get tired of being treated and talked about like a remainder in a market model. So rebuilding the left will require more than spouting off more statistics and esoteric policy jargon.
We know that progressive Southerners need allies from beyond the region, but we need those allies to actually support our struggles, instead of merely advertising their own noble opposition to flagrantly unjust laws.