“Politics” is not some abstract term, some definable thing we can cordon off in one corner of society. “Politics” encompasses everything in our lives, and touches everything we do.
The team’s commitment to lifting others up as they rise presents an example for each of us, aspiring World Cup winners or otherwise. They show us how to use our reach to fight for equality, for ourselves and for others, in whatever we do.
Often in the movement for criminal justice reform the question is, “How do we reduce mass incarceration?” What if we asked, “How do we eliminate incarceration altogether?”
New Zealand’s response is both inspiring and instructive for us here in America. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited Christchurch and addressed the people, many of whom are Muslim refugees, whose communities had been targeted, assuring them and the rest of the country that “they are us.” It was an act of leadership, inclusion, and empathy that feels far removed from our own politics.
The aspect of this case that is so infuriating to people is the fact that rich parents were able to literally buy their children spots at elite colleges, but even if these families cut the line to get into schools, there are plenty of other ways to get ahead in the process.
Each of the controversies of this Black History Month reflects a persistent and fundamental misunderstanding of racial politics and the definition of racism.
The dangers of colorblindness reach beyond the presidential race, however; advocacy for colorblind policy threatens many civil rights advances—see the resegregation of schools or the gutting of the Voting Rights Act—by failing to recognize continuing racial inequality.
The failure to label these incidents racist, the choice to instead tiptoe around it, to hedge their language, effectively excuses the offenders. In doing so, the media gives cover to the offenders, failing to condemn their acts with the strength necessary to truly bring change.
And herein lies the problem. The pervasiveness of Wilson’s legacy on campus forces me to associate myself with a legacy I wholeheartedly reject.