Let's just say I hit that point at my job where all the white people thought I was cool enough to bring all their grievences (sp? Or worse, who wants to have the integrity and courage to hold someone accountable for something like racism. ) against black people to me and demanded that I bless them with eternal knowledge to understand it or change all the behavior of black people. You're on point with the accountable approach - can't squirm out of that one, esp if there is physical evidence to support..racist do learn very early to master the art of the squirm. Keep up the works guys I've you guys to blogroll.| would you mind which blog platform you're ? I've loaded your blog in 3 and I must say this blog loads a lot then most.
You forgot to mention that when you focus on what they said not who they are you also elmininate the possibility of the "Race Card" rebutal which is a bogus argument to begin with but is often used. Money and freedom way to change, may you be rich and continue to .| Woah!
Words are powerful tools that can be used for good or bad.
Difficult, but we all need to enhance our control and focus when these issues do arise. Yes indeed accountability is what it has to be about. This is fantastic, and I think it will be great for a discussion in my class. Someone in my group shared this with us so I came to .
It's the only way to go past the fact of racism to the healing process. I feel like this is a step in the direction of focusing less on the individual (where we get into the whole identity thing, which is problematic because while people can be agents of racism or even identify as racist, racism itself resides in society) while at the same time holding people accountable, as you said, for the actions and their real effect on real people and real life.
I think many WPs (obviously not all) are so very sensitive about this issue that the mere insinuation that you might be thinking about considering the idea that they are racist just leads to a downward spiral of the conversation and the knee-jerk reactions that CSRealist cites at the end of his/her comment.
I could have so used this "how-to" guide last week.
I GUARANTEE the ALL of us still have some scar from k-12 that we carry around with us because unlike the scratch or cut you got, "word wounds" DO NOT heal as cleanly. JSmooth - those are wise word tools for MANY situations. I believe if people would just take 2 seconds to engage their "brain-mouth filter" before saying ANYTHING the world would be a much better place. of course its not the fault of any individual white folks, and of course they should try to examine how white supremacism has shaped their beliefs and relationships, and listen to people of color to support the struggle against white privilege, but until that has gone away they're still very much a part of that racism.
i dont like some white boy telling me how i should be having conversations about race, especially since you're convienently talking about it in a way that excuses you from being implicated as a racist.
Either you're lucky and you get a person who's willing to listen, or you're unlucky. This is mandatory watching for everyone to understand as you said to have a STRATEGY to approach the am I a racist conversation. I'm not sure if this is a issue or something to do with compatibility but I I'd post to let you know.
As soon as anyone says to me, "I am not a racist," please don't say that even if you are not.
Let's just say this re-affirms my hatred of being the only black person white people know. Holding people accountable for their words and actions does seem to be the appropriate approach. A case in point: A neighbor yelled to a brother driving too fast through our block..."you effing n" in front of our son and his son!! Hubbie had to go have that accountability chat and had him apologize to our son. I'm to start my own blog but I'm having a time between Blog Engine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.