When you say you 'don't see race', you’re ignoring racism, not helping to solve it. People love to tell me that they often forget that I’m black.
They say this with a sort of “a-ha!” Look on their faces, as if their dawning ability to see my blackness was a gift to us both. When I point out that their eyesight had never left them, that my skin has never changed colors, and that they probably did not really forget that I am black, they inevitably get defensive. First, they try to argue that it was a compliment; the smart ones quickly realize that complimenting someone on not being black is actually pretty racist, so they switch gears. I don’t see race! This ideology is very popular – like a racial utopic version of the Golden Rule – but it’s actually quite racist. Still, the idea of “colorblindness” is incredibly popular, especially with young people who believe racism is a problem for the older generation and will soon die out.
But that ideology does present a very interesting question: If you were truly unable to see people’s skin color, could you still be racist? Miss Representation - The Representation ProjectThe Representation Project. The Mask You Live In - The Representation ProjectThe Representation Project. She? Ze? They? What’s In a Gender Pronoun. Photo WASHINGTON — What happens when 334 linguists, lexicographers, grammarians and etymologists gather in a stuffy lecture hall on a Friday night to debate the lexical trends of the year?
They become the unlikely heroes of the new gender revolution. That’s what happened here earlier this month anyway, at a downtown Marriott, where members of the 127-year-old American Dialect Society anointed “they,” the singular, gender-neutral pronoun, the 2015 Word of the Year. As in: “They and I went to the store,” where they is used for a person who does not identify as male or female, or they is a filler pronoun in a situation where a person’s gender identity is unknown.
“Function words don’t get enough love,” a man argued from the floor. “We need to accept ‘they,’ and we need to do it now,” shouted another linguist, hidden behind the crowds. Continue reading the main story Gender binary: That’s the idea that there are two distinct genders, one male and one female, with nothing in between. America-tyranny-donald-trump. And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny.
Illustration by Zohar Lazar As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in Plato’s Republic. The Declining “Equity” by John Chauhan on Prezi. What Is Privilege? National SEED Project - White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack Downloadable PDF © 1989 Peggy McIntosh "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" first appeared in Peace and Freedom Magazine, July/August, 1989, pp. 10-12, a publication of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Philadelphia, PA.
Anyone who wishes to reproduce more than 35 copies of this article must apply to the author, Dr. Social Justice: Not Just Another Term for “Diversity” by Paul C. Gorski. I’m fascinated with the language of equity and diversity work, especially the words we use to describe the essence of what we do in service to that work.
I’ve spent much of the last 15 years working with colleges and universities and all manner of other organizations to help them bolster their equity and diversity initiatives. During that time I’ve paid particular attention to the terms they choose to use, usually in a strategic or defeated effort not to upset the very people and institutional cultures that any equity and diversity initiative worth a whit ought to upset, if even just a little.
So there’s diversity and multiculturalism and intercultural relations and cultural competence. And then there’s “inclusive excellence,” which seems en vogue these days, rendering me baffled. It’s as though somebody took the two vaguest words in the higher education lexicon and smushed them together, a concerted effort at uber-vagueness. This sounds like good news, I know. . (3) Evolve. Paul C. The Growth of Higher Educators for Social Justice: Collaborative Professional Development in Higher Education.