Wherein I say the quiet part loud.
“White liberals, despite believing we are saying and doing the right things, have resisted the systemic changes our cities have needed for decades.”
This is really worth a read, and some reflection within the progressive movement.
“Whatever else you want to say about police officers, they know-whether they articulate it neatly or not-that we are asking them to step into a breach left by our bad policies...the status quo in cities, created by white liberals, invites brutal policing”
Yes, the real challenge in government is for white public officials to hold their white liberal constituents accountable for their racism. But hardly anyone wants to tell white voters they’re wrong.
You want to read this. And thank you ⁦⁩ for the candor.
Very good piece by former mayor of Minneapolis about how white liberals stand in the way of systemic change
As they say on Twitter, “THIS” Opinion | As Mayor of Minneapolis, I Saw How White Liberals Block Change - The New York Times
"White liberals, despite believing we are saying and doing the right things, have resisted the systemic changes our cities have needed for decades."
"The not fully said bottom line of his message was clear: White liberals like me ask the police to do our dirty work — dealing with the racial and economic inequities our policies create." This is quite an admission, and about time
"White liberals, despite believing we are saying & doing the right things, have resisted the systemic changes our cities have needed for decades. We have mostly settled for illusions of change [that] make us feel better...but fundamentally change little.."
This is one of the most important op eds I have read full stop
"White people have been trading genuine connectedness in the human family for… property values and perceived superiority. Some may think we have a lot to lose. But racial equity wouldn’t be a loss for us. It would be a reclamation of our humanity."
That Betsy Hodges op ed on white liberals is so good. Especially: "For generations, white people have been trading genuine connectedness in the human family for the poor substitute of property values and perceived superiority"
This seems like a piece worth discussing
This is very very good
Required reading...
I'm fine with anti-racist reading groups and whatnot, but if white liberals actually want to help, it's time to face up how we perpetuate inequalities in housing and education and, you know, stop doing that.
I don't know much about Betsy Hodges record as a former mayor of Minneapolis. But her piece on the hypocrisy of white urban liberals when it comes to the police is one of the most provocative pieces I have read this week. I recommend it.
Glad to see , former mayor of Minneapolis, embrace in this NYT op-ed a George-Floyd-inspired policy agenda that goes well beyond policing, into education, health care, etc.: (I made an argument for that in : )
An honest self-reflection: As Mayor of Minneapolis, I Saw How White Liberals Block Change
“White liberals like me ask the police to do our dirty work — dealing with the racial and economic inequities our policies create.“
People really like this article which can be summarized as: "Former Mayor of the city that sparked the largest protest cycle in American history says it is the fault of the voters."
For context: Boulder is white and rich AF. The “Boulder bubble” is infamous across the state. They’re liberal except when it might affect their millionaire esthetic. Minneapolis’ mayor has it spot-on in this article.
Whole ton of food for thought in this piece
'Democrats have largely led big & midsize cities for much of the past half-century. Yet the gaps in socioeconomic outcomes between white people &people of color are by several measures at their worst in the richest, bluest cities of the US.'
As Mayor of Minneapolis, I Saw How White Liberals Block Change
This is a must-read - with lessons for all of us.
As Mayor of Minneapolis, I Saw How White Liberals Block Change
Apropos of nothing.