Dear White America: I know it’s hard, but you have to acknowledge what’s happening in this country. As we mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of young Mike Brown and the uprisings it sparked in Ferguson, much-needed conversations about race that have occurred as a result are increasingly on our lips and our smartphone screens.
As an actress and writer who is black, and whose work often addresses race, I aim to contribute to the conversation, but today I’m pausing to do something I don’t usually do; I’d like to specifically address white people who continue to deny the existence of white privilege. Opinionator.blogs.nytimes. Spiritual Practices For White Discomfort : Blue Boat of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. So, lots of folks in the progressive world I inhabit on social media had a lot of opinions about the event that happened on August 8th in Seattle when the white leftie politician Bernie Sanders went to speak to a crowd about social security and medicare and was interrupted by two black women raising awareness about the Black Lives Matter movement the day before the first anniversary of Mike Brown’s death.
Black Lives Matter activists disrupt Sanders event. Image from cnn.com’s video footage And sure, as a white progressive who is pretty into Bernie Sanders’ political stances and who staunchly supports the Black Lives Matter movement, I have opinions too. The opinion I wish to share here and now, however, is not about political analysis, history or strategy and it’s certainly not about the particular incident in Seattle.
It is about spiritual practices. Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston. When teaching about race and racism, I invite participants to consider the following analogy: Think of racism as a gigantic societal-sized boot.
“Which groups do you think are fighting the hardest against this boot of racism?” I ask them. For White Activists Devastated and Feeling Defeated by Racist Violence. The following is reprinted from the Good Men Project with permission from author Chris Crass.
Chris Crass has a guide for fellow white anti-racism activists who are overwhelmed by recent stories about racist violence. 1. Take a moment to appreciate the fact that you are devastated by brutal racist injustice and that while your heart is broken, another alternative is that your heart has been hardened by the scarring of internalized white supremacy that has divested you from loving your own full humanity and the humanity of others. How to be an interrupter. "The battle is and always has been a battle for the hearts and minds of white people in this country.
The fight against racism is our issue. How Will the Massacre at Emanuel AME Affect White Churches? What will it take for white churches to face and name the racism in our nation?
Most white churches have not named Trayvon, Renisha, Michael, or Jordan. While the reasons are many, some of them include: Rationale: We rationalize that these are “isolated incidences.” Or … truth be told (and God knows it is time for some serious truth now!) … we rationalize the fear and uncertainty. So for my fellow sisters and brothers in ministry, I know how hard this is. Hey, White People! If You Really Want to Help End Racism, You Need to Invest in Other White People (Yeah, We Know It Sounds Counterintuitive)
‘The Condition of Black Life Is One of Mourning’ The decision not to release photos of the crime scene in Charleston, perhaps out of deference to the families of the dead, doesn’t forestall our mourning.
But in doing so, the bodies that demonstrate all too tragically that “black skin is not a weapon” (as one protest poster read last year) are turned into an abstraction. It’s one thing to imagine nine black bodies bleeding out on a church floor, and another thing to see it. The lack of visual evidence remains in contrast to what we saw in Ferguson, where the police, in their refusal to move Michael Brown’s body, perhaps unknowingly continued where Till’s mother left off.
I Don’t Want to Be an Excuse for Racist Violence in Charleston. We cannot talk about the violence that Dylann Roof perpetrated at Emanuel AME last Wednesday night without talking about whiteness, and specifically, about white womanhood and its role in racist violence.
We have to talk about those things, because Roof himself did. Per a witness account, we know that he said: “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country.” “Our” women, by whom he meant white women. There is a centuries-old notion that white men must defend, with lethal violence at times, the sexual purity of white women from allegedly predatory black men. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism -
11 Ways White America Avoids Taking Responsibility for its Racism. I am white.
I write and teach about what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet remains deeply divided by race. Why White People Freak Out When They're Called Out About Race. Stop me if you’ve heard this one.
Last year, a white male Princeton undergraduate was asked by a classmate to “check his privilege.” Offended by this suggestion, he shot off a 1,300-word essay to the Tory, a right-wing campus newspaper.In it, he wrote about his grandfather who fled the Nazis to Siberia, his grandmother who survived a concentration camp in Germany, about the humble wicker basket business they started in America. 10 things black people fear that white people simply don’t. The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction to the series. When black people wake up and begin the day, we have a wide range of issues we have to think about before leaving our homes. Will a police officer kill us today?
I Don't Know What to Do With Good White People. Unlimited TV Shows & Movies Online. Many reviewers have stated that they enjoyed all the films except Steven Soderbergh's Equilibrium, and I also have to agree. My firm belief as to why is basically that his film, Equilibrium, just did not fit with the "theme" of the other two. Kar Wai Wong,(who is one of my fav directors)showed us "The Hand" a film starring Gong Li, a high class prostitute, plagued with a serious illness and her tailor. The entire film screams sensuality, as only Kar Wong can do oh so wonderfully. What Reparations in America Could Look Like.
Maureen Dowd’s clueless white gaze: What’s really behind the “Selma” backlash. New York Times critic Maureen Dowd saw “Selma” last week “in a theater of full of black teenagers.” Her ethnographic impressions of the “stunned” emotional responses that these D.C. teenagers had to seeing four little girls blown up in an Alabama church basement and watching civil rights leaders viciously clubbed during a march in Selma reek of the kind of voyeuristic and clueless white gaze often used to devalue and pathologize urban youth.
They become fascinating objects of study to those who don’t get to spend a lot of time with them. And it is precisely these kinds of impressions from white people, the inability to make sense of genuine black emotion, the inability to recognize what filmic representations that respect the interior lives of black people actually might look like, that have contributed to the disingenuous backlash against the Selma film. Florida police department caught using African American mug shots for target practice. The North Miami Beach police department was discovered last month to be using mug shots of African Americans for sniper practice at a firing range.
NBC News Channel 6 in Miami broke the story Thursday, after hearing from a member of the Florida Army National Guard who showed up with her unit for weapons qualification at the same commercial firing range used by the police and discovered the targets left behind, an array of six African Americans. North Miami Police Chief J.
Scott Dennis, while conceding that his department “could have used better judgment,” denied any racial profiling. An Open Letter to Presidents and Deans of Theological Schools in the United States (This Open Letter represents a collective effort by African American Presidents and Deans in Theological Education. A full list of the authors is at the bottom of the letter.) January 15, 2015 An Open Letter to Presidents and Deans of Theological Schools in the United States, At its annual meeting at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, NC, African American Presidents and Deans of theological schools in the United States issued a call for action in light of the current state of social justice in the United States of America.
One of our leaders, a founding member of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), noted that the socio-economic and political realities that led to the establishment of SNCC at Shaw University 54 years ago are actually eclipsed by the realities of this day. How can Americans acquiesce, remain silent, passive and neutral as African-American men and women are slain in the streets of Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland and beyond? Why God Is Black: ALL TOGETHER Podcast Featuring Dr. James Cone. Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics religion and spiritual practice inform our personal lives, our communities and our world. A Pastoral Letter on Racism: A New Awakening - United Church of Christ. January 16, 2015 As America honors the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the ideals of equality, service and beloved community that he lived and died for, the Cleveland-based United Church of Christ has released a Pastoral Letter on Racism, with the hope and expectation that it will be read in our 5,100 churches nationwide on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend or to conclude the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday, Jan. 25.
Dear White Christians: Jennifer Harvey on Ferguson, Missouri - Evangelicals for Social Action. Economic Solutions for Racism.pdf. Publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/CH34-7-2005E.pdf. Www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Racism/NAPARD.pdf. Once And For All Campaign: National Plan of Action for Racial Justice. 5 Ways We Handle Racism All Wrong. 3 Things We Like That Operate Just Like Racism. The Ferguson Masterpost: How To Argue Eloquently & Back Yourself Up With Facts. We encourage you to share the link to this rather than reblogging the entire post (since this is frequently updated and we want to minimize the spread of outdated info!) : bit.ly/FergusonAEM. Also, comment volume is high enough that personal replies are not always possible anymore; browse through the comments & see if your issues/ideas have been addressed there. 11 Links for Race Debates – The No Indictment Remix. I’ve posted a lot of thoughts and links over the past couple of weeks, mostly on Facebook.
Black Lives Matter: Boston. What's Wrong With 'All Lives Matter'? The Stone is a forum for contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless. This is the fifth in a series of interviews with philosophers on race that I am conducting for The Stone. This week’s conversation is with Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor in the department of comparative literature and the program of critical theory at the University of California, Berkeley. Hollywood’s political deafness: What Cosby, “Selma” & Hebdo reveal about white liberal consciousness. When Will the North Face Its Racism? It’s Not Just the Cops. A Project of The Emancipation Network. Black Lives Matter' banners hung at Conference center stir upset. In Ferguson by Darryl Pinckney. In Ferguson by Darryl Pinckney. The war on black intellectuals: What (mostly) white men keep getting wrong about public scholarship. What It Means to Be a Public Intellectual.
Racial Bias, Even When We Have Good Intentions. Ralph Lauren's "Racist Ads" Nuns Urge Pope to Rescind Doctrine of Discovery. White Americans Have Been Brainwashed About Race: Lies We Tell Ourselves About Black Women. NYPD Shooting: Blue Lives Matter. Jesse Williams Gives the Most Passionate, Thought-Provoking 6-Minute Rant on White Supremacy You'll Ever Hear From a Celebrity. Outspoken about Ferguson, Jesse Williams may be this generation’s Harry Belafonte. The Politics of Black Aspiration. RLDP. Formations. // living at the intersections of self, social, spirit. Feminist Studies in Religion. The Church Awakens: African Americans and the Struggle for Justice. Guidelines for Accompaniment on the Journey to Racial Justice. The Politics of Dreamlife: Showing Up in Our Interracial Relationships.
UnderstandingPrejudice.org. Parable of the Polygons - a playable post on the shape of society. A Litany For Those Who Aren't Ready For Healing. The System That Failed Eric Garner and Michael Brown Cannot Be Reformed. Mass Incarceration + Silence = Genocide - Act to STOP it Now! The Intellectual Condescension of White Liberals. #CrimingWhileWhite Explodes On Twitter Following Eric Garner Decision. The American Justice System Is Not Broken. The White Church Should Not Be Silent on the Killing of Black Men. Michael Brown, and Now Eric Garner. SF Public Defender’s Statement on Grand Jury Decision. Darren Wilson, perfect and sweet vs. the big black demonic super monster. Bob McCulloch’s pathetic prosecution of Darren Wilson. Models and Authorizations: An Interview with Walter Brueggemann. — Theology of Ferguson. Justice Scalia Explains What Was Wrong With The Ferguson Grand Jury. In Defense of Looting. Chronicle of a Riot Foretold in Ferguson.