Sep 5, 2011
commented on Deeply Embarrassed White People Talk Awkwardly About Race
I recently found a living testament of my great-great grandparents in Virginia and Alabama that descrube what shall be done with their "niggers" if they are to pass. The language is possessive, cold, but so eerily normalized. I'm sad to say i heard my grandpa repeat such a discourse when i was a child. Nit everyone has such a tangable experience of white privlege and its manifestarions, but it does make you think about legacies of racism and their role in anti-racist activities. Just as the discourse was normal and tolerated then, so our words and actions now may be measured as racist by our children. Why not err on the side of changing a status quo of thought and structure than simply "accept our prejudices and be real"?
I dug this article and find its ultimate call to action necessary in light of the other option: complicity in a harmful system. We might not have slave recirds, but, as Jen points out, we have statistical records of a segregated, unequal, and actively discriminatory society. So, let's get down to it.
May 19, 2011
joined My Stranger Face