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In recent years, the top is often entirely missing, unseen. Black–Jewish conflict. Black–Korean conflict. Though race continues to be perceived as a Black–White binary, conflict is often ethnicized, obscuring and thus protecting white folks from racial or class anger. The point of this tripartite division I offer is not to reinscribe bigotry but to make plain how this division exalts whiteness. As blacks and colored are either insufficient or excessive, too little or too much, whites are brilliantly perfect—and Jews are splendidly convenient.

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