(excerpted from some Facebooking during the MLK holiday)
I have long held that 'colorblindness is the moral equivalent of racism' but I no longer do. I have been convinced that there is a moral blindness in the selective application of racial discriminations that undermines rational discussion - a position long held by the dude at http://www.discriminations.us/
. I am also convinced that there is a continuing pathology in America to have various theories of race upheld into which new generations must be subject. Thirdly I am quite skeptical of 'social justice' which I see as little more or less than the purposeful skewing of perception by the chatting classes, or as I say, 'social justice is crowd-sourced law, the whining little sister of mob rule'.
I think it is certainly fair to say that conservatives, in their abandonment of developing a race-specific narrative, default to an audience for whom racial matters are of diminished concern - me for example, and those audiences tend to be unreflective and nominally 'white'. Many are insensitive or even hostile to racial analysis, and I believe most of the hostility is due to an attempt to racialize responsibility for institutional racism. IE "We 'good' whites who recognize the racism of the justice system have accepted our existential racial complicity in the status quo and you bad whites have not, therefore you must accept your racial original sin and serve penance as we do. " This is clearly a racial appeal to whites to be better whites, and that is severely problematic, because the reflexive and proper response is "We 'bad' whites already paid that price with the set of X", the largest member of the set being the Civil War involving commitment unto death, which no contemporary social justice movement demands.
Again the history of multiculturalism and the multifaceted brokering of racial discrimination treaties (affirmative action) has failed to deracialize the roles and responsibilities of citizens against racial injustice. The target of racial injustice has shrunk (vis a vis MLK's principles of racial integration) but the amount of racial fingerpointing has increased as have racialized narratives.
On the whole our ability as a society to solve racial problems has been dealt a series of crushing blows, fortunately there is a lot less work to do. So I perceive increasing shrillness over decreasing value.
You won't find any conservative who is displeased with the results of the Innocence Project except to the extent that its supporters find it so necessary to call conservatives racists or talk about Goldwater or Reagan or their other fetish white boys. I'm thinking of calling this "White Battle Royale" in which some whites beat up other whites with black and brown clubs.