At our afternoon club meeting 6.30, we met on ZOOM to discuss Alexander's thesis: Rather than rely on race, we use our criminal justice system to label people of color “criminals” and then engage in all the practices we supposedly left behind. Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. We talked about the ways the criminal justice system targets BIPOC folks without ever naming racist intent. We also discussed the intersections of the contemporary Movement for Black Lives and mass incarceration.
At our evening club meeting 6.30, we also met on ZOOM to discuss the central arguments of Sullivan's book, specifically the four strategies middle-class white people use to avoid honest engagement with racism (Disparaging Poor Whites, Demonizing White Ancestors, Employing Color Blindness, &Languishing in White Guilt, Shame, and Betrayal). We also shared how we employ her recommendation to "love white people as white people" as part of antiracist praxis.