If this is really "the truth" then we are all doomed. If we cannot view the world through the lens of the "other" then we can never overcome racism. Instead, we will forever be, as W.E.B. DuBois put it in Black Reconstruction in America, “torn apart by artificial lines of division.” DuBois there bemoaned the failure to achieve this cross-racial solidarity as dooming Reconstruction. Such “Solidarity,” said Ricardo Flores Magon (the Oaxacan anarchist who started the Mexican Revolution) “is the consciousness of the common interest, and the actions which follow from that consciousness.” I believe DuBois and Magon saw the answer to racism in Solidarity, and I have faith that we can achieve it.

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