‘That’s racist!?’ Why our addiction to outrage sells the debate over racism short

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Media Outlet: The Washington Post

There are moments where the right words are hard, really hard to find.

For those fond of texting and all things online, this is where the emoji, a carefully crafted meme and sarcasm often come in. And, in this topsy-turvy last three weeks of debate about race, policing and politics, The Fix has been reduced to beginning this post with a You Tube video that makes a salient and timely point.

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Janell Ross was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow, writing a book about the racial wealth gap and the truths about its real origins laid bare by the Great Recession. She is a political reporter for the Washington Post.