Reading McGhee’s book opens our economic eyes to the absurdity of believing that every social or economic benefit given to minorities takes away from whites.
The author’s careful studies show the total fallacy of this opinion and measures the sizable cost to all Americans of clinging to this racist driven POV.
Why does that view persist among many white Americans?
Because many white Americans fear real integration, namely the fact that our future will certainly feature massive examples of racial inter-marriage.
The Sum Of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. Available Everywhere Today. pic.twitter.com/8pWUra42z5
— Heather McGhee (@hmcghee) February 16, 2021
The powerful images now of so many successful American citizen minorities including that of a half black US President and a mixed race female US Vice President has surely brought home to most thinking Americans how wonderfully important it has been to see significant numbers of minority Americans bringing their huge talents to improve our nation.
However, it is equally important to acknowledge that the fear of black/white intermarriage was a major reason for the rise of Donald Trump.
Examples from our whole 400 year history until now can be cited as evidence.
Looking globally we can see how racial dominance in China, Japan and elsewhere shows our racial intermarriage fears are not unique.
However, since such an intermarriage trend is unstoppable, it behoves us to realize what advantages come from releasing ourselves from the grip of such illogical racial fear.
The more rapidly we can get past this poisonous racism the better, but we can’t just acknowledge with gratitude the powerful truth contained in the McGhee book without seeing such racist fears now mainly vested in the Republican minority, but certainly likely to be found elsewhere.
This intermarriage fear will likely not be widely or often stated in the mass media but its presence is crucial to understanding the Republican (and likely some Democrats) fears.
This next decade will be critical for America and a steady, moderate current Presidency will be key to how well or how rapidly this racial dawning will occur. America needs to get there ASAP!
From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013
By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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