I realize that you and I differ on some subjects such as race. Allow me to defend myself for a moment. First of all, the site is officially an anti-racist or non-racist site. However, we define that in our own way. We are race realists, that is we believe in the reality of race. But we don’t like to talk about this much. We regard this as a most unpleasant state of affairs, but it is a sad fact.
Our project is how to forge a progressive / Left / liberal response to reality of race, which right now just plays into the hands of the right. Race denial is factually incorrect and in the future increasingly won’t cut it. Can a Left society deal with race as a reality? Sure! Why not?
This is our project. My co-blogger is a Black woman who is a very strong anti-racist.
We don’t even like to talk about the race realist stuff on the blog too much because all it does is play into the hands of the Right.
Our main project is economic populism. I don’t know if you know what it is like over the pond here. We are fighting for bare survival against a vicious and uncompromising Right. This is literally a matter of life and death for a lot of folks over here. It’s no time to be fussing around over silly stuff about race, gender and orientation. Survival takes precedence over all of that.
The American people are deeply reactionary. This is a fact. However, even these rightwingers can be swayed to a sort of an economic populist project (Eat the rich!). This is what we are trying to do – make alliance with rightwingers and Centrists who may be swayed to economic populism.
The sad reality is that many working class Whites are racist. That’s just the way it goes. We allow them onto our site as long as they get behind economic populism. This is hard to do, as in the US racism goes along with rightwing economics. If working class people are racist, so be it. We will deal with that later on! We have more important matters to deal with right now, such as economic survival! Obviously, many of the Wobblies were racist, no? Whites were very racist in those days. No one was thrown out of the IWW for a few prejudices.
The extreme hardline anti-racism of the Left, lamentably, simply makes working class Whites vote Republican. That’s how things work in the real world in the US. That’s not productive. Racism is a side issue to economics anymore in the US anyway. Racism has been radically reduced since the 1960’s, and there are many structural changes in place to help fight racism at the corporate and state level. One needs to pick one’s fights. Right now, economics is fight #1. Racism is fight #whatever.