1/n 53% of white liberals (48% of white Dems) think that white people should feel guilty about racial inequality pic.twitter.com/amPvoo0VJL— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) December 17, 2021
2/n Needless to say, this is more or less the purpose of equity-oriented K-12 curriculums–i.e., cultivate white support for race-conscious/anti-white policies via the inculcation of collective guilt and shame.— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) December 17, 2021
3/n Alas, and as my dissertation research suggests, it may actually be an effective strategy. And I suspect proponents of such curricula *know* this (I mean, the relevant literature explicitly discusses shame and guilt in terms of its utility for effecting social change).— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) December 17, 2021
4/n So the idea that such curricula are merely teaching history as an end in and of itself is bogus. After all, does anyone really think proponents would be satisfied if such curricula are adopted and white support for equity-oriented policies over the long haul doesn't move?— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) December 17, 2021
As Build Back Better collapses in the Senate, it is worth recalling why we have the present Democratic coalition and why it doesn’t work. This is one of the top reasons our politics are so polarized and why the Democratic agenda hinges on the vote of one corporate centrist from West Virginia.