For some reason, race is a more important category than ever. It feels like a giant backwards step to me. The same fundamental logic that race and ancestral injustices give us unequal rights in the present (as opposed to its material legacy) could just as easily be applied in other ways. For example, the United States was built by whites. Their ingenuity, their values, their toil, their European cultural patrimony developed over millennia; European technology, hard won uniquely in the world. The nation would not exist without whites. So why the fuck should 'black people' claim to have any stake in the profits at all? It was nothing to do with them, and as has been established in the past few months, our claims to rights are intrinsically tied to our race. Let's just re-organise the whole world along racial lines and have a grand re-accounting. BLACKS - you suffered unfairly under slavery = reparations. WHITES - the other races have profited from your intellectual property = reparations. &c. ad infinitum. This is the kind of backlash that is building if you don't make an earnest attempt to actually dismantle the power of racial categories. I can just imagine it now - some religious dude making an analogy with the Prodigal Son. 'Hey y'all. Imagine a white guy building a house with his own toil and knowhow. He learned how to lay the bricks and laid em. He learned how to plumb and plumbed it. He learned how to wire the electrics and wired it. Then some black guy comes in twenty years down the line and expects half of the place! That's America.' You can call that a strawman if you like, but it's not a complete strawman, is it?