Notes on the Racists of America Story

Racists of America Club Note #8

Posted in Notes on the Racists of America Story on April 20th, 2020 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

There was a woman at the meeting. She was older with a huge Elvis caricature on her t-shirt. I wouldn’t have noticed it but the pompadour fell right across her large breasts. Every time she moved or spoke Elvis’ coif gesticulated wildly.

Racists of America Club Note #7

Posted in Notes on the Racists of America Story on March 16th, 2020 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

I’m having trouble starting from the beginning. I could start in the middle at an actual meeting. Or maybe a reporter interviewing one of the founders.

Racists of America Club Note #6

Posted in Notes on the Racists of America Story on February 10th, 2020 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

I thought an early humorous episode by the founders would be to have them create a list of white guilt/shame provoking outings. They would call them field trips.

Racists of America Club Note #5

Posted in Notes on the Racists of America Story on January 6th, 2020 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

I was thinking about plot points for the story. Here are some possibilities:

-origin story

-the club’s first black member

-a visitor misunderstands the club to be a solidarity club not a recovery program

-media attention

-a pc crusader visits the meeting

-a meeting is protested

-founders brainstorm how to adapt the 12 steps

-a nationwide tragedy happens like a Charlottesville, police killing, or a black church is attacked

Racists of America Club Note #4

Posted in Notes on the Racists of America Story on December 2nd, 2019 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

Like AA, the Racists of America Club needs some corny slogans that the members embrace. A few ideas…. “excavate the unsaid”, “call in racism”. They could also start their meetings with something like

Honky, honky, honky

Nigger, nigger, nigger

Kike, kike, kike

Spic, spic, spic

Goomba, goomba, goomba

Mic, mic, mic

Chink, chink, chink

Racists of America Club Note #3

Posted in Notes on the Racists of America Story on October 29th, 2019 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

And he said to his friend, “What if there was a group that didn’t try to cure you of racism, but presumed that we’re all racists? Instead of teaching you to be “sensitive”, it went the other direction and asked you to say the stuff that you weren’t supposed to say, how you actually experienced race, when you were conscious of it. So you could say anything, like a recovery program. There isn’t a person in America that doesn’t need to recover from our racial history.”

Racists of America Club Note #2

Posted in Notes on the Racists of America Story on September 23rd, 2019 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

A white guy gets the idea for the Racists of America Club after a required diversity training at work. Actually he has attended the training twice due to an administrative error. The first time he is mostly silent. The second time he knows all the things you are supposed to say and not being remembered by the trainer is praised for his answers. Leaving the meeting though, he feels nothing was really accomplished by either his first training where it was too risky to say anything he really thought, or the second riskless meeting that was merely performative. He goes and talks to his buddy, one of those guys who is down for anything and pitches the idea of a club for racists.


Racists of America Club Note #1

Posted in Notes on the Racists of America Story on August 19th, 2019 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

The Racists of America Club is a story I have been trying to write. I envisage the club in the style of an AA meeting, confessional. The premise is that racism is in everyone in the US. It is something to be gotten over with mutual support, not something that you call out and shame. I love the way people in AA really own being an alcoholic. That admission and the shared struggle help its members recover from the trauma of addiction.