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The future of American racism

The future of American racism | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Note: The following is mostly based on chapter 14 of “Race in North America” (2012) by Audrey and Brian D. Smedley.


Racism in the US is always changing but changes slowly.
 That means the near future will be pretty much the same, but the longer term it will bring change.


American racism will have to somehow adjust to:
 

  1. Japan as a country fully the equal of the US and Britain.
  2. Asian Americans scoring higher on IQ tests.
  3. The Black middle-class and Blacks in important positions.
  4. Immigration from Asia and Latin America pouring into the US, bringing millions of people who do not fit into the old black-and-white boxes.
  5. Multiracial identities, particularly those who are half White and half Asian or Latino. It not only challenges the idea that race determines culture and behaviour, but also makes one’s “race” harder to determine and therefore less useful.
  6. Barack Obama, whose very person goes against everything most Americans think they know about race. He is multiracial. He looks Black but culturally is like Dorothy of “The Wizard of Oz”: a White person from Kansas. American racism is incapable of making sense of him – thus all the Birther and Secret Muslim stuff.
  7. The Human Genome Project – which left only 0.1% of the genome for scientific racism.


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Kng Jiahao's curator insight, July 11, 11:02 PM

Racism in the United States has always been active, but when Barack Obama stood up as President it all changed. And Example of racism as prejudice before Obama, was the Rosa Parks Story. Racism has dropped in amounts but racism is also the primary prejudicial cause of conflict. It is also pleasing to hear that the amount of racism is decreasing.

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Standing up for our children

Standing up for our children | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

If a child grows up with a parent who has zero tolerance of racism, the child grows up knowing that it is not okay to undervalue other human beings. Is this radical? Perhaps.

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17 Most Racist Moments of 2013 - Atlanta Black Star

17 Most Racist Moments of 2013 - Atlanta Black Star | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Black ESPN Sportscaster Receives Racist Letter From ‘Fan’ Jemele Hill, a young Black sports enthusiast and ESPN personality has been guest hosting Colin Cowherd’s show, “The Herd.” Not everyone is happy about Hill...
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Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Canada's Approach to Racism

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Canada's Approach to Racism | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Why is it that the U.K.'s newspaper is willing to publish a painfully honest editorial about race in Canada but Canadian papers aren't? Before Mr. Douglas was published in the U.K., he submitted his personal op ed to Canadian newspapers.
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Law Say Hwee's curator insight, July 13, 4:45 AM

The Canada media tends to go around the issue of racism and not talk about it. They talk about almost everything else, but just simply not racism. I can imagine it is quite annoying to be a Black Canadian.

Chan Kin Leong's curator insight, July 13, 7:01 AM

After reading this article, I felt that Canada is treating people very unfairly by supplanting black Canadians for the Canadians who are white in their skin colour. In my opinion, I think that Canada president should forbid this act as prejudice towards the black Canadians are appearing in the country. People should be treated fairly and not vice versa just because of the majority. Also, this act might affect the black Canadians as they are being rejected by the Canada society which would arise to social issues such as poverty due to the lack of having a job for the black Canadians. Also, this may even lead to racial conflicts such as riots due to being treated unfairly of a particular group of people.

Kelvin Tsui's curator insight, July 13, 7:47 AM

in this article 

what i have known about Canada is that in Canada, they do not talk about their unfair prejudice against the black community and that they also do not address this issue as they do nit mention it. i think that the is not as bad as physically or verbally abuse, but it is still not the right thing to do., I think that we should no matter what treat everyone equally no matter the colour gender or race.

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Canada Is Still Racist | VICE Canada

Canada Is Still Racist | VICE Canada | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
There's been a lot of coverage in the Canadian mainstream media about Canada being a post-racial or post-immigrant country, but Anupa Mistry says Canada is still a racist place.
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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving | Sometimes Racism is Subtle

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving | Sometimes Racism is Subtle | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Franklin sits alone on the long side of the table. 
There are no Latino characters in Charlie Brown cartoons. There are no Asian characters in Charlie Brown cartoons. 
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Community Village's curator insight, November 27, 2013 4:50 PM


I suspect Charles Schulz lived in a segregated neighborhood like most Americans. 

Even through Asians now often live in European-American majority neighborhoods, when these cartoons were made, the Asian population was still low from the legacy of the Asian Exclusion actand Chinese Exclusion Act

I don't understand why Charles Schulz excluded Latinos. He lived in California so he knew Latinos existed.
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Racism Affects Everything, Even Our Online Dating Habits

Racism Affects Everything, Even Our Online Dating Habits | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
They say love conquers all. But can individuals overlook differences like race to fall in love in the first place?
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Urbansocial's curator insight, July 9, 10:51 AM

Online dating for socialable singles www.urbansocial.com

Kng Jiahao's curator insight, July 13, 3:47 AM

Just because people are of another colour, they refuse to make out, and some even apply to those of similar colour, i think this is shocking as i have hardly heard of same race rejecting others even in a relationship. 

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Jindal: Racism persists because minorities cling to their heritage

Jindal: Racism persists because minorities cling to their heritage | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Jindal accused minorities of placing “far too much emphasis on our ‘separateness,’ our heritage, ethnic background, skin color, etc. We live in the age of hyphenated Americans: Asian-Americans, Italian-Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, Indian-Americans, and Native Americans, to name just a few.”

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Racism persists because of xenophobic racists.


In Jindal's list of hyphenated Americans he forgot to mention European-Americans.


Jindal also listed Native Americans in his list of hyphenated Americans. The term "Native American" is not hyphenated.


There are four types of Americans: 

1. First Nations Indigenous Amerindians
2. Colonizer-Americans 
3. Immigrant-Americans 
4. Migrant-Americans

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‘I, Too, Am Harvard’ Campaign Raises Alumnae Concern

‘I, Too, Am Harvard’ Campaign Raises Alumnae Concern | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Two black women who graduated from Harvard say they worry about the well-being of black students, plus recruitment of future students, amid charges of racism on campus.
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Racism is something you learn, Not something you're born with...

Racism is something you learn, Not something you're born with... | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
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Mez Munshi's curator insight, February 16, 5:38 PM

If people learn racism, where from?

Kng Jiahao's curator insight, July 13, 3:14 AM

This image may not have a lot of words but it says a lot, and that is the fact that we pick up racism and racism is not in out blood. So, if we can discard all these things and accept others who are of a different skin tone, it would be truly beautiful.

Ho jun rong's curator insight, July 13, 8:55 AM

If only all parents taught their children to look at people's hearts and not their color

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Flora Coquerel: Mixed-Race Miss France Targeted by Racist Slurs

Flora Coquerel: Mixed-Race Miss France Targeted by Racist Slurs | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Flora Coquerel, Mixed-Race Miss France Targeted by Racist Slurs, Flora the new Miss France attacked by online spammers through racial slurps and the girl
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Bicultural Mama: Are You an Oreo, Twinkie, Sno Ball? Ethnic Slur Nicknames

Bicultural Mama: Are You an Oreo, Twinkie, Sno Ball? Ethnic Slur Nicknames | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Oreo. Twinkie. Sno Ball. These may sound like innocent delicious sweet treats, but when used in the context of race, they’re ethnic slurs. 
In a derogatory manner, they imply how they perceive a person is physically different outside versus how he identifies with himself inside. These are exchanged not only between different races, but sometimes even within the same ones.
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Stephen Fry Somehow Makes Sense Of Racism

Stephen Fry Somehow Makes Sense Of Racism | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

It takes a clear head to drill into the bedrock of history, especially when that history contains some pretty atrocious acts. Lucky for us, Stephen Fry is up to the task.

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Black Women, White Women and '12 Years a Slave'

Black Women, White Women and '12 Years a Slave' | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Michaela Angela Davis at Jezebel joins the flock of literary giants parsing 12 Years a Slave by examining the complicated relationship that was created during slavery and still persists between black women and white women.
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Colorblind Ideology is a Form of Racism

Colorblind Ideology is a Form of Racism | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
A colorblind approach allows us to deny uncomfortable cultural differences.
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Chan Yu Hui's curator insight, July 12, 11:54 PM

This article is simply wonderful, on how they "colour-blind" people so that everyone can be treated fairly. I believe that despite the different skin colours, we should all be treated equally as we are from the same world, created by the same gods and with the same goal in mind together.

If only the world could"colour-blind" themselves, conflicts would not have been caused based on racism! If only that one day would come about, the world would be full of colours!

Ho jun rong's curator insight, July 13, 8:49 AM

Although colorblind approach is a good solution to racism, it is definitely not the best. This approach ignores religion and may be seen as disrespecting other religions

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Skin Bleaching and Global White Supremacy: By Way of Introduction

The cosmetic use of chemical agents to lighten the complexion of one’s skin, also referred to as skin whitening, skin lightening, and/or skin bleaching, is currently a widespread global phenomenon. While the history of skin bleaching can be traced to the Elizabethan age of powder and paint, in its current manifestations, skin bleaching is practiced disproportionately within communities “of color” and exceedingly among people of African descent. While it is true that skin bleaching represents a multifaceted phenomenon, with a complexity of historical, cultural, sociopolitical, and psychological forces motivating the practice, the large majority of scholars who examine skin bleaching at the very least acknowledge the institutions of colonialism and enslavement historically, and global White supremacy contemporarily, as dominant and culpable instigators of the penchant for skin bleaching. As an introduction to this Special Issue of The Journal of Pan African Studies focusing on skin bleaching and global White supremacy, the purpose of this paper is to critically examine the symbolic significance of whiteness, particularly for and among African people, by outlining the history of global White supremacy, both politically and ideologically, discussing its subsequent promulgation, and further investigating its relationship to the historical and contemporary skin bleaching phenomenon.

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