What would a good, clear or true example of "progressive" positions on race?
I am not a progressive so I would not assert that I can answer for "them". Let me tell you want an old time conservative view might be. This takes 2000 words but I will be fairly brief. Let's talk money for now.
We have a situation in this country that impacts the ability of people of color (and OH BY THE WAY all poor people) that acts against improvement in their human condition. We simply do not pay workers enough money. We talk about "entry level" jobs and these pay, in some states, less than $8.00 an hour. When you are working for that amount of money, and you are required to contribute to a household income, it is absolutely impossible to improve your condition by paying for it. You are just a rat on a treadmill. So fuck the "bootstrap" people. Proof or it didn't happen.
If you want to improve poor neighborhoods you have to put jobs there and these jobs have to pay a decent living wage. The magic $15.00 an hour if often a talking point. $30K per year. Two workers making this are in the lower middle class but can have something like a life. They can afford to stay together if they are a poor family. They do not have to divorce to maximize welfare benefits. They can have a computer for the kids to use for school and decent internet access. Their car works so the kids can do extracurricular activities. It pays well enough that one can afford to flee high crime areas and even more importantly pays well enough that crime need not be a viable alternative. Families making $60K per year attract good food stores. Gone are the food deserts you see in our big cities. They attract day care centers. They raise the tax base allowing better policing.
It is bullshit to argue that McDonald's jobs are for kids. If you are trying to lift yourself from poverty that McDonald's job may be all you can get. But you know what? If everyone made decent money we could charge an extra 24 cents for a Big Mac and pay the employees what they are worth.
College and trade schools are fucking absurdly expensive. Why? because the US Government will loan a student as much money as it takes to pay whatever absurd tuition the state school wishes to charge. Federally insured student loans should stop at once. It they did stop we would see a miracle of free market economics. We would see tuitions fall to a level that students could afford to pay, and we would see a tuition free alternative in state schools. For whose good? For all of our good. I taught a class at a local university. The cost of the three semester hour class to the school was: Some computer time, my fee, the electricity for an 80 person classroom for one day per week, some photocopies, my share of building maintenance and printing in a catalog. The total tuition charged for the 80 kids in my class? $30,130.40. That is just tuition. Not fees, housing, activities, etc. And the school could not get away with this is Uncle Sam was not trowing loans at the kids like candy.
But I am a conservative who believes that it is in my enlightened interest to get people to pay their fair share. The only way to do this is to make work make sense and pay enough that they CAN pay their own way. It is a national disgrace that we do this: We allow McDonald's to pay a person less than $9.00 an hour to work very very hard. Then because this hard working person can't afford to buy food we give them food stamps and taxpayers pay for them. Who is it that the taxpayers are subsidizing? The worker or the huge profits of the owner of that McDonald's? I say the latter. The worker earned what they get.
But the deal is that conservatives are not allowed to say shit like this or they are not allowed to call themselves conservatives.
Fix poverty and you fix race.
Particularly, on whatever "Whiteness" is supposed to mean?
This is a disingenuous question. It does not deserve an answer. It is the kind of nonsensical question we see, sadly, from the right these days. How about you rephrase it.