Most-excellent view of positions in the chain and empathy (great h/t Miss Cellania):
A little together in diversity as shown by this study on integration in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2002 (Washington Post this morning): ‘When the share of minorities grew in schools by 10 percentage points during the formative elementary and middle-school years, white students at those schools were 12 percent less likely to register as Republicans later in life.‘
Exposure at an early age.
And exposure to racial insanity can be unreal in the age of the T-Rump, as in this nasty-ass bit of history noted at Bloomberg this morning:
Trump said on his own syndicated radio show in 2005 that although the idea was “fairly controversial,” he wanted to host “a team of successful African-Americans versus a team of successful whites.
Whether people like that idea or not, it is somewhat reflective of our very vicious world.”
In early 2016, several months before Trump was elected president, BuzzFeed News unearthed an audio recording of an interview Trump conducted with radio and TV host Howard Stern in which he also explored the possibility of airing white-against-black competition on “The Apprentice.”
“On ‘The Apprentice’ there was a concept, OK, thrown out by some person, nine blacks against nine whites,” Trump said.
“And it would be nine blacks against nine whites, all highly educated, very smart, strong, beautiful. Do you like it?”
Stern said he did.
Stern’s African-American co-host, Robin Quivers, had a different response: “Well, I think you’re gonna have a riot.”
“It would be the highest-rated show on television,” Trump replied.
Stern prodded the future president for more information: “Very dark blacks, or light-skinned blacks?”
“Assortment, against whites,” Trump said, adding that he wanted all of the white contestants to be blondes.
“Wouldn’t that set off a racial war?” Stern asked.
“Actually, I don’t think it would,” responded Trump.
“I think it would be handled very beautifully by me. Because, as you know, I’m very diplomatic. … Also, I think you’d have 35 million people a night watching.”
Horrific to the max. The T-Rump hasn’t a semblance of sense.
??@realDonaldTrump says that violence against peaceful protesters is “beautiful.”
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) June 12, 2020
Ugly as in dangerous…
(Illustration: M.C Escher’s ‘Three Spheres II,’ found here).