Two recent online essays strike me as useful to read together– they reveal how seemingly neutral social analyses can be quite misleading, because of underlying assumptions about “universal” experiences. Color-blindness is not a positive anti-racist strategy, but is instead a flawed basis for engineering a more democratic, “better” future for all peoples.
The Singularity of Fools: A Special Report from the Utopian Future – By David Rieff | Foreign Policy. My summary: this article offers an overview and critique of recent “techno-utopian” predictions that presume technological innovation will ensure that liberal free market capitalism continues to reign supreme, ultimately liberating us all.
The Great Divide: How Social Networks Drive Black Unemployment – By Nancy Ditomaso |New York Times My summary: this article concludes that securing employment does not happen via a true meritocracy but, instead, that favoritism has a strong racial component, because white Americans tend to help other whites and because social resources are concentrated among whites.