Opinion Articles & Editorials Written By Noah Berlatsky

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04/02/15The Petty Etiquette of Discriminationtheatlantic.com
"In its everyday operation,” sociologist James Loewen wrote, “segregation consists of a pervasive system of etiquette.” That’s a counter-intuitive definition. Discrimination, especially the pervasive discrimination of the Jim Crow era, tends to be remembered as a matter of violence, not as a matter of manners. Jim Crow involved lynchings, beatings, and the KKK—politeness and etiquette seems like secondary matters at best. And yet politeness and violence are in fact intertwined and inseparable. Segregation was accomplishe...