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AnonymousDeleted UserSeptember 22, 2020 at 10:24 am
Thank you, Nicole, for pointing out how little has changed. Between Thurman’s writing and today, much has transpired that should have led to change (the Civil Rights era, to offer one example), and yet we are all too familiar with the staying power of white supremacy and whiteness in general. Critical race theory can be helpful for doing deeper analysis (which we will engage in the months to come) and there is no substitute for the kind of grassroots activism you are so helpful in pointing us to. Yes, it’s important to recognize some of the relief and healing we are experiencing in this moment with the help of writers like Du Mez and other amazing leaders. Yet, I can’t help but wonder if there is a need for even greater sobriety and suspicion of all of the performative and rhetorical activism that abounds all around us.