2019年11月9日 星期六

Race/Related: Black Like Me?

Why ADOS is being promoted by conservatives and attacked on the left.
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By Lauretta Charlton

Race/Related Editor

Over the last few weeks I've had a song by the soul singer Syl Johnson stuck in my head. Released in 1969, "Is It Because I'm Black" is a very funky, grief-filled tune about America's failed promises to African-Americans.

Something is holding me back. Is it because I'm black?

I thought about the song a lot while editing an article this week about blackness and identity in the United States.

What drew me to the article, written by the National correspondent Farah Stockman, is the notion that there is a very specific segment of the black population that has been left behind, and that as the nation's demographics continue to change, they may be slipping farther out of reach.

Many of these men and women live in the South, where Mr. Johnson was born, and far too often they live in entrenched poverty.

Many of them also have ancestral links to slavery. And yet, when we talk about the black population in this country, that lived experience — centuries of trauma, really — is often overlooked or taken for granted.

Here is an article about attempting to recognize that history more fully, as well as the pitfalls of trying to turn an identity debate into a political movement.

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