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THE BIG WHITE LIE: America's Racial Paradigm

No wonder white supremacists are anxious and vitriolic. The story they’ve perpetrated for centuries about their superiority over women, “people of color,” and gays is unraveling right before their eyes. Not only have we had an African American President of the United States, but in 2014 there was only one “straight” white male in the top tenof the Forbes list of highest-earning celebrities. And fully half of the entire list are people from the groups traditionally marginalized by white supremacists. It’s enough to make them quake in their boots. What I've written here is based on my exposure to America’s racial paradigm for more than three-quarters of a century, plus what I’ve learned from reading history in works other than official classroom texts. As the PBS documentary Race: The Power of an Illusionexplains, “Race has no genetic basis.” Instead, it “is a powerful social idea that gives people different access to opportunities and resources.”  Scientific data, however, mean noth…