What's been winning, again, the past few days due to my being too sick and worn out to keep up with the obsessive cleaning has been the obsessively reading about racism and related issues. I'm a bit afeared of how many tabs I have open again, so I'm going to do another link dump.
Here's the thing, though. While all of this has been sparked by
It's kinda like I'm taking an intensive course in privilege. And it's not like I've never studied it before, but before it was maybe an article here and a pamphlet there (enough to get the basics), and now I'm immersing myself in information about it.
And yet - it's still an intro course, intensive as it may be. So, take that all as you will. I read a term that really applied to me in some comments section somewhere - "born again anti-racist". Because, I realize I'm all pumped up about something that not everyone else around me is. But I still think it's important to share. And as you all know - I'm a sharer.
More links whether you like them or not (seriously, you can scroll).
RaceFail 09 - the wiki!
Yet Another Cultural Appropriation Post - more good summarizing by Ambling Along the Aqueduct.
Being An Imaginary Conversation Which I Have Been Silently Holding in my Head With Many, Many People I Have Seen Around the Internets Lately; But Whom, for the Sake of Convenience, I Shall Amalgamate Into One Imaginary Person, Whom I Shall Call, Oh, Just to Pick a Name Completely at Random, "David Ravine".
Musings on the cultural appropriation discussions - regarding five stages of awareness and how they've come into play during the recent discussions/failures.
Marge, it takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen. - comparing the Carol Thatcher incident with RaceFail 2009.
Some thoughts on the impossibility of opting out of the economy of privilege "An effective white anti-racist is not an ex-racist or a never-been-racist but instead is a racist who finds racism problematic enough to work against the privileges that systemic racism offers white people at the expense of recognizing the humanity of PoC."
We can't all be Ursula le Guin but - "Everything a person does has ripples, saying that receiving criticism is a reason to not even try is giving up."
in relation to tor - on the question of whether or not to boycott Tor
Racism, Cultural Appropriation, and Completely Missing the Point - nicely numbered sequence of events that actually happened and how some people seem to think they did
No Means No
You Can't Win
Other issues around race
The Audacity of Whiteness: Framing Barack Obama - about white media dissecting our first President of color.
Obama and the End of Racism - a comic.
What We Talk About (And Don’t Talk About) When We Talk About (And Don’t Talk About) antisemitism and Israel - 1 - a four part series, so click through the links to them all. It sounds like there is going to be at least a fifth post yet to come...
Bingo Cards -Bingo cards from political discussions around the net. Many having to do with discussions around various isms and privileges, but not all.
Let me google that for you - found amidst comments by POC and allies being frustrated at having to constantly educate people who refuse to do their own research.
How to Apologize - "We all fuck up sometimes. It sucks, and we hate it. But almost always, when we fuck up, we need to apologize for it. Frequently, there's more to do, as well, but even if there are other amends to make, the apology is a non-optional step. Here are some tips:"
If the Boss Can Admit He F*cked Up, Why Can't We All? - using Springsteen as an example. And someone in the comments section uses Obama as an example, as well. [Sidebar: we have a president who can admit it when he makes a mistake! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!]
Resources on Racism
Baby-stepping away from racism: A guide for white people - "In this post, I've listed four goals that I think are crucial for white people when trying to unlearn their racism (which is a constant and unending process, not a finite goal by any means). Then, I have listed a baby-step for each that will help you on your way to achieving those goals."
Anti-Racist Racist - "I Am an Anti-Racist Racist."
Online Vignette Exercises for Racial Diversity Training - brief vignettes, with commentary. Because it's something I've been seeing a lot of, personally, lately, I wanted to especially point out this one having to do with colorblindness.
Regarding common things Clueless White People say
*And I'm gonna start with the whole Colorblind thing...*
Race Relations 101 - Colorblindness. - "So what’s the problem with colorblindness?" Also check out this blogger's three-part post series on colorblindness.
Why you shouldn’t be colorblind - "Noticing a person’s race doesn’t make you racist."
Being “colour blind” is NOT a solution - "Colour blindness, while it may seem attractive to a lot of people, is not a practice we should be following, but an end point we must work towards." See comments-section where author clarifies this statement even further.
Isn't it best to be colorblind? - right after that Q on the FAQ is one about the "melting pot."
Being Colorblind - "Many white people take the position of being colorblind in order to avoid the issues of racism."
A Poem and Essay on Race and Racism: Behind the Color Blind - from a Christian perspective.
Being colorblind does not offset innate advantages of white privilege - "Being colorblind does not offset innate advantages of white privilege"
What Kind of Card is Race? - "In short, and let us be clear on it: race is not a card. It determines whom the dealer is, and who gets dealt."
*Summing up a lot of them in one post*
Sixteen Maneuvers to Avoid Dealing with Racism