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Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs$
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David Ikard

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226492469

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226492773.001.0001

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“We Have More to Fear than Racism that Announces Itself”: Distraction as a Strategy to Oppress

“We Have More to Fear than Racism that Announces Itself”: Distraction as a Strategy to Oppress

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(p.69) Three “We Have More to Fear than Racism that Announces Itself”: Distraction as a Strategy to Oppress
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Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs
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David Ikard

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226492773.003.0004

In this chapter I will engage a long-standing pattern of victim blaming and the challenges it poses in the twenty-first century for asserting black humanity and acquiring justice and equal treatment under the law. I will refer to this pattern of victim blaming and related forms of displacing blame for white supremacist oppression onto blacks as the “discourse of racial distraction.” Further, I will consider the ways that blacks have (unwittingly) dignified or reinforced this discourse and, conversely, the ways that blacks have successfully exposed and exploded it.

Keywords:   disenfranchisement, Trayvon Martin, institutional racism, structural inequalities, Frederick Douglass, Ferguson, Barack Obama, Michael Brown, War on Drugs, Dylann Roof

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