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obama preaches Zerobama, addressing graduation at an historically black college, says:

By any number of different yardsticks, African-Americans are being outperformed by their white classmates, as are Hispanic-Americans.  Students in well-off areas are outperforming students in poorer rural or urban communities, no matter what skin color.

In the real world, the second sentence completely explains the facts described in the first.  Thanks to white supremacy’s long-standing centrality in the nation’s affairs, whites are disproportionately represented in the higher strata of the class pyramid.  Racial outcomes are class outcomes, in things like education, for the all-too obvious reasons, cardinal among which is our system of unequal school funding.

Zerobama, of course, merely tacks on the second sentence, however, in order to divert attention from the racial mystification conveyed by his first statement.

And the answer to the supposedly racial “achievement gap”?  Nationalize and equalize school funding?  Radical redistribution of economic wealth?  Universal public pre-school?  Doubling education spending?

Nope.  Turns out black people with college degrees have to be such shining examples that all social structure and history and poverty will become irrelevant:

[A]ll of you have a separate responsibility — to be role models for your brothers and sisters, to be mentors in your communities and, when the time comes, to pass that sense of an education’s value down to your children.

Let them eat values!

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mjosef
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Okay, agreed to all of your perspicacious posts, but – Where’s your nihilism meter? Mine has always stood proudly quivering at the near 100% level. Obama is a fascist clown, the dems are republican-lite, but the left is a spiritualist joke – yet the band of oppositionists seem to want to cling to some group affiliation or traditional cause or who knows what. I read and skim, say at counterpunch, and fine nothing but confirmation for an essential nihilism – witness the great snapshots of our economic supersystem’s workings this weekend at the global-warming denier’s site. Those soundings still leave… Read more »

Michael Dawson
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Bill McKibben is a trust-funded joke, that’s for sure. Rebellion emanating from Middlebury College. Hah! As to my own self, I’m not joking or exaggerating when I say this is a market totalitarian society. So optimism isn’t really appropriate. Nevertheless, market totalitarianism is a mile wide but only an inch deep. Also, the Civil Rights Movement and then the 1960s happened and were huge advances. Will there be another chance for mass movement? I don’t rule it out. I don’t even rule out that staying informed in the meantime as to the nature and logic of power is irrelevant. Gramsci… Read more »

mjosef
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mjosef

I guess we’ll all stick with our fundamental approaches, but it still seems evident to me that we need greater nihilism to orient the collective understanding of our predicament. “Optimism of the will”? “Will” in what sense? We enjoy the obligaion to live and breathe, but “will,” as in the term “fight,” implies some greater social cause. Where is that “will” supposed to be directed? There is no movement that stands above a micrometer. Where did Gramsci’s “will” get him? Towards “decent survival”? That state of being is gravely threatened by the social order that we are as ants before.… Read more »

Michael Dawson
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Strategic nihilism, right? True nihilism would have you abandoning non-fiction altogether, would it not? Meanwhile, Gramsci’s formula got him nowhere. At best, it kept him writing in jail. But one could also rephrase it as “Remember that very low is not zero.” And there’s the rub. Do you give humanity any chance to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, to summon collective intelligence once the eco-tastrophe really starts to bite? Or are we unquestionably doomed? I take things like what’s happening in South America, limited and embattled as those efforts are, as evidence that it isn’t warranted to conclude… Read more »