It's always great to see more work from Reed. I'm also sorry to hear about the passing of his mother, although she evidently lived quite a long life. The combination of historical knowledge and personal experience in this essay makes it particularly rewarding to read. It is also a refreshing antidote to "clickbait"-style, web traffic-driven discussion of these issues, not only on openly racist right-wing sites like Breitbart, but also at centrist-liberal sites like Salon or the Root. Reed shows that, in the present as in earlier periods, the right mobilizes racist ideology to conceal its elitist economic agenda. For that reason, it cannot be effectively resisted only through the language of race, because if the left adopts a narrative of black vs. white, or people of color vs. whites, this ironicallly feeds into the right's pseudo-populist appeals to working-class whites. Anti-racism is necessary, but also insufficient; the left needs to unmask the economic agenda behind the right's racist ideology, while building a multiracial working class movement for social justice.