Racial Transformers don’t fixate on who’s a racist or whether someone intends animus. For they know that the deepest racism lies not just in the hearts and minds of individuals, but in the roles and rules of big institutions—like schools, courtrooms and corporations. That’s their primary focus of change—these familiar systems of power, churning out deep and deadly racial inequities by the day.
Institutional racism is alive and kicking Black butt. Voter ID laws, redlining, and credit scores. Institutional racism attacks Blacks by engaging in racial profiling, stop-and-frisk policies, police brutality, the failed “war on drugs,” and the criminal justice system in general. It misinforms our youth by using bigoted and prejudiced textbooks, punishing non-white students more harshly …
If you're white, you have to own it. None of this I'm-not- white, I'm-beyond-it-and-I'm-Norwegian stuff. White people have to see race according to the terms they actually benefit from. Not that whiteness is a monolith, any more than nonwhiteness is. As Mab Segrest writes: "Women are less white than men, gay people are less white than straight people, poor people less white than rich people, Jews than Christians, and so forth." But what might matter, what should matter, is that whiteness is a real force that you've personally benefited from in one way or another if you're white.
I wanted to take moment to reply to Kevin Williamson's Case Against Reparations. I wanted to do that, primarily, because his piece covers many of the most common objections to my piece, but also because I've always been an admirer of Williamson's writing, if not his ideas. Among those ideas is a kind of historical creationism which holds that "race" is a fixed thing. The problems with this approach are many, and duly apparent from the outset.
Why can I get away with wearing ripped-up jeans and a Lakers jersey to class? There’s no getting around this: It’s because I’m a white man.Why can I get away with wearing ripped-up jeans and a Lakers jersey to class? There’s no getting around this: It’s because I’m a white man.
To achieve racial equity, we need to be able to do three things: talk explicitly about race; focus on the impact of policies and practices and the intention behind them; and support power-building in marginalized communities.Donald Sterling's racism is only part of the racial equity conversation, writes Rinku Sen.
I’m Biracial While many people of mixed racial backgrounds accept being called an African-American, a number of them reject the “one drop rule.” They feel that being labeled Black or African-American forces them to choose being Black exclusively and to reject the other ethnic groups that contributed to their genetic makeup. In an interview with BET’s “106 […]
Post-racial thinking is insidious not only because it gives lie to the very real and continuing material consequences of racism in this country, but also because it seduces young, optimistic, idealistic black youth into identifying with the very systems and people who would kill them without a second thought — and then go order a pizza and a take a nap.
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