Written by Derrick Clifton, these two articles regarding conversations about race connect common themes of denial and give people who are white an opportunity to take in information to become active anti-racists, if they are willing to shut up and listen. 9 clueless things white people say when confronted with[...]
Category: Race Matters
"The function, the very serious function, of racism is distraction. It Keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language, so you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn't shaped properly, so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Somebody says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of that is necessary. There will always be one more thing."
Written by Ali Michael and Elenora Bartoli, “What White Children Need to Know About Race” explores the role of schools in white racial socialization, and list skills that can be helpful in fostering anti-racist identities among students who are white. “Growing up in the suburban Midwest, I (Ali Michael) never[...]
Video Description: “The U.S. has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with more than 2 million people behind bars. After convicts are released, they often struggle to re-enter society. HuffPost Live explores the barriers faced by ex-convicts in America.” During this talk, guest Michelle Alexander also highlights some[...]
You might be familiar with the short clip from buzzfeed titled “If Asians said the stuff white people say”. Check out this video with the simple description: “not all white people, but #yesallblackpeople.” Also, check out The Microaggressions Project. Love & Peace, From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW (N.A.H.) can’t grow without[...]
From Autostraddle: “Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender women represent a vibrant and visible portion of the LGBTQ community. In addition to the legends of the Harlem Renaissance and the decades of groundbreaking activism spearheaded by women like Audre Lorde, Barbara Smith and Angela Davis, many of the most prominent[...]
This short clip from buzzfeed demonstrates some common examples of everyday insults that can be experienced by people who are Asian. Also, check out The Microaggressions Project. Love & Peace, From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW (N.A.H.) can’t grow without your help. If you enjoyed this post, please share a comment, and/or use any[...]
"I think the problem is that many people in America think that racism is an attitude. And this is encouraged by the capitalist system. So they think that what people think is what makes them a racist. Racism is not an attitude.
If a white man wants to lynch me, that’s his problem. If he’s got the power to lynch me, that’s my problem. Racism is not a question of attitude; it’s a question of power.
Racism gets its power from capitalism. Thus, if you’re anti-racist, whether you know it or not, you must be anti-capitalist. The power for racism, the power for sexism, comes from capitalism, not an attitude.
You cannot be a racist without power. You cannot be a sexist without power. Even men who beat their wives get this power from the society which allows it, condones it, encourages it. One cannot be against racism, one cannot be against sexism, unless one is against capitalism."
“I am not asking you as a white person to see yourself as an enslaver. I’m asking you as an American to see all of the freedoms that you enjoy and see how they are rooted in things that the country you belong to condoned or actively participated in the[...]
Race Matters. The way in which people are perceived based on their race matters. Sometimes, it can even mean the difference between who is seen as being simply locked out of their car, and who is most definitely a dangerous criminal. Love & Peace, From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW,[...]