White kids' racism is a symptom of white racial respectability politics 

White teenagers think it's acceptable to "act out" with symbols of hate because they have absorbed the white American value that racial equality is a matter of respectability, not morality. Because white ppl's idea of racial harmony is so divorced from moral values but consists of injunctions for politeness (don't say slurs etc.) their children break these injunctions for simple shock value without caring who they're hurting.

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White kids' racism is a symptom of white racial respectability politics 

@lj_writes by "act out" do you mean "be nazis"?

White kids' racism is a symptom of white racial respectability politics 

@restioson I'm talking about things like painting swastikas in public spaces and using racist/antisemitic slurs. Some do become actual dedicated Nazis, of course, but far more think it's just harmless fun to terrorize and harass minorities. The two work hand in glove, of course, with the "nice white people" giving cover to Nazis.

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