I, Racist | John Metta. What follows is the text of a “sermon” that I gave as a “congregational reflection” to an all White audience at the Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ on Sunday, June 28th. The sermon was begun with a reading of The Good Samaritan story, and this wonderful quote from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. Credit for this speech goes to Chaédria LaBouvier, who’s “Why We Left“ inspired me to speak out about racism; to Robin DiAngelo, who’s “White Fragility“ gave me an understanding of the topic; and to Reni Eddo-Lodge who said “Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race“ long before I had the courage to start doing it again.
A couple weeks ago, I was debating what I was going to talk about in this sermon. I told Pastor Kelly Ryan I had great reservations talking about the one topic that I think about every single day. Then, a terrorist massacred nine innocent people in a church that I went to, in a city that I still think of as home. I love my aunt. That’s too easy. I, Racist. A couple weeks ago, I was debating what I was going to talk about in this sermon. I told Pastor Kelly Ryan I had great reservations talking about the one topic that I think about every single day. Then, a terrorist massacred nine innocent people in a church that I went to, in a city that I still think of as home. At that point, I knew that despite any misgivings, I needed to talk about race. You see, I don’t talk about race with White people. To illustrate why, I’ll tell a story: It was probably about 15 years ago when a conversation took place between my aunt, who is White and lives in New York State, and my sister, who is Black and lives in North Carolina.
“The only difference between people in The North and people in The South is that down here, at least people are honest about being racist.” There was a lot more to that conversation, obviously, but I suggest that it can be distilled into that one sentence because it has been, by my White aunt. I love my aunt. Racism is not slavery. Black teens who commit a few crimes go to jail as often as white teens who commit dozens. Boys are less likely to commit crimes but they are more likely to be placed in a correctional facility than they were three decades ago, according to a new study that shows the justice system for juvenile offenders has become much more punitive.
The trends are particularly pronounced among boys from racial minorities, according to the paper by Tia Stevens Andersen of the University of South Carolina and Michigan State University's Merry Morash. Although there were negligible differences among the racial groups in how frequently boys committed crimes, white boys were less likely to spend time in a facility than black and Hispanic boys who said they'd committed crimes just as frequently, as shown in the chart above.
A black boy who told pollsters he had committed just five crimes in the past year was as likely to have been placed in a facility as a white boy who said he'd committed 40. A juvenile offender appears before a judge in Toledo, Ohio. Undoing%20Racism%20-%20Understanding%20White%20Privilege%20-%20Kendall.pdf. I am racist, and so are you. | Being Shadoan.
And the sooner we both acknowledge this, the sooner we can begin to address the problem. So let’s talk. “Wait just a minute here, Rachel. You’re like, the least racist person I know. You’re always sharing stuff about race and racism. You couldn’t possibly be racist.” Here’s the deal. Especially me. How do I know that I’m racist? Once, while living alone, I heard a noise that I took to be someone attempting to break in to my house. Unbidden, the image of a tall, young black man popped into my head. Several years later, I’m walking home from the train. Several years later, I’m walking across the street. I don’t know what it was about this third interaction that made me recognize my racism for what it was. “Hang on, though, Rachel.” Why yes, I have considered that. Upon recognizing my fear for what it was–racism–all I could think was, “Oh my god, Rachel, how fucking cliche is that?
No, I was born in America. However, unlike Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, this fear kills people. Mike Brown. Inoculating Our Children Against Racism. Children are not, by nature, racist. Nor are they born with damaging assumptions about people in any definable group. We all begin with a winning trust in others, an expectation that people will be good to each other, and that life with others will be safe and fun. When a child feels close to his parents, gets to play freely with lots of laughter, gets plenty of affection, and has sensible limits set by grown-ups who don’t attack him, a young person can feel at home with himself, and relaxed with others. Contrary to popular belief, children have a keen inborn sense of justice. They are built to protest loudly when they or someone else is being treated badly. This sense of justice runs deep.
We don’t have to teach children respect for people of other races and abilities. Treating children with respect Children are able to retain their keen sense of justice if they are treated with respect. Racism “piggybacks” on early mistreatment and fears Listen to the feelings to heal the child. 6 Things White Parents Can Do to Raise Racially Conscious Children. Talking about race is challenging for many parents, especially White parents. There is a lot of fear and uncertainty about this topic – from worrying that by pointing out race we are contributing to racism, to believing that by ignoring race we are creating a “color-blind” and therefore more equal world; some simply don’t know how or where to start.
And we need to get over it. As discussed in part one of this article, remaining silent on the topic of race isn’t helping our children, and it isn’t moving the needle any closer to equality. In fact, science shows that it may be doing the exact opposite. Children experience race. They need our help to understand and contextualize it, to understand what it means, how it is used and misused, and how America’s current and historical racial constructs either benefit or harm them and their friends. I think most parents have similar goals when it comes to how they want to raise their children to handle issues of race. 1. 2. 3. “No, what?” “But why?” 4. The Skanner Newspaper - Guest Opinion: In Support of PPS Superintendent Carole Smith. Details Written by Sharon Gary Smith and others Published: 04 June 2014 PHOTO: Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith with a Jefferson High school student (Lisa Loving) The recent uproar concerning PPS Superintendent Carole Smith, and issues at the K-12 school Metropolitan Learning Center, have once again brought race into the forefront of public discourse.
As Socrates famously said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” There is a reason why Oregon State Statute requires culturally competent healthcare. Race matters, therefore culture matters, and race and culture impact outcomes. Across the country and in Portland, children of color are disciplined, suspended and expelled at significantly higher rates than their white counterparts for similar behaviors. Black and White parents said that race is an issue at the school. Race matters, and clearly is an issue at MLC. Sharon Gary-Smith, justice activist and foundation director Avel Gordly, retired Oregon State Senator. Neil DeGrasse Tyson Said What He Thinks About Race Now That He's Made It, And Almost Nobody Noticed. At Upworthy, we tell stories for a better world. Like us on Facebook to get them first: Like Upworthy on Facebook: Share on Facebook Neil deGrasse Tyson said what he thinks about race now that he's made it, and almost nobody noticed.
And I'm really busy just like everyone else here, so I decided to give Internet dating a try. In the midst of the flood of ever-creative messages simply reading "hi" or "let's chat," there were an overwhelming number of messages asking: "What are you? " The only thing that is more annoying than the question itself is both the frequency -- and the freedom and authority -- with which people feel they can ask it.
In the words of one of my favorite movies, Mean Girls: "You can't just ask people why they're white. " It's pretty unheard of to ask a white person their particular country of origin directly upon meeting them. I have gotten this question all my life. The problem with this question is, for a lot of us blended people, that it doesn't have a simple answer. So, what am I? I'm a woman. If I was Borg, I'd be one of two. I'm a singer. I'm a Christian, but I'm open-minded. I'm the "other" check box. I'm complicated. Right. My point is that "What are you? " Comedian Gives A Perfect Explanation Of Why Theres No Such Thing As Racism Against White People. History of the United States public debt. US federal debt held by the public as a percentage of GDP, from 1790 to 2013, projected to 2038.
The history of the United States public debt started with debt incurred during the American Revolutionary War by the federal government of the United States, after its formation in 1789. The United States has continuously held public debt since then, except to the native Americans for about a year during 1835–1836. To allow comparisons over the years, public debt is often expressed as a ratio to gross domestic product (GDP). Historically, US public debt as a share of GDP increased during wars and recessions, and subsequently declined. The United States public debt as a percentage of GDP reached its highest level during Harry Truman's first presidential term, during and after World War II.
By Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD (Executive Director, APA Public Interest Directorate) Psychological research shows that people often notice differences between themselves and others, but judgments about the differences can be based on biased thinking. A national uproar. George Zimmerman’s acquittal of second degree murder charges in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin has unleashed a wave of outrage and angry protests across the country, even prompting President Obama to say, “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” Zimmerman’s culpability will continue to be debated and likely adjudicated for months to come.
In fact, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced it will continue its investigation into potential civil rights charges and, reportedly, Martin’s parents are considering a wrongful death lawsuit. What qualifies as suspicious? Stand your ground. Systemic issues at work. We have not yet realized the dreams of a truly equal nation. A time for honest dialogue. Dual Pathways to a Better America: Preventing Discrimination and Promoting Diversity. Aronson, E. (2002). Building empathy, compassion, and achievement in the jigsaw classroom. In J. Aronson (Ed.), "Improving academic achievement: Impact of psychological factors on education. " San Diego, CA: Academic Press. Batson, C. Baysu, G., Phalet, K. & Brown, R. (2011) Dual identity as a two-edged sword: Identity threat and minority school performance. Bolgatz, J. (2007) Review of Critical Race Theory Perspectives on the Social Studies: The Profession, Policies, and Curriculum.
Branscombe, N. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Persons with a disability: Labor Force Characteristics, 2010. Carr, P., Pauker, K. & Dweck, C.S. (2012) Prejudiced Behavior Without Prejudice? Cheng, C.Y. & Lee, F. (2009) Multiracial identity integration: Perceptions of conflict and distance among multiracial individuals. Congressional Budget Office. (2011). Cole, E. Corrigan, P. Cross, W. (1991). Dovidio, J. Dovidio, J. Dweck, S. Fingerhut, A. Gaertner, S. Gaertner, S. Gaertner, S. Gill, C. Glasford, D. Green, S. Asian-Nation: The Landscape of Asian America. ‘Why I Don’t Want to Talk About Race’ Racism 101. Photo by Lauriel by Ahjamu Umi Is the Occupy movement racist? The obvious answer is yes, but there are still going to be plenty of people who wouldn’t agree with that assessment.
In fact, it’s a pretty safe bet that a significant number of activists within Occupy would argue Occupy isn’t racist. It’s also probably true that many of those people, whether White or of color, would erroneously argue that any people, regardless of their nationality (color) can be racist. It’s this rampant confusion that merits an analysis of racism. For this piece, we will focus on race as the major social phenomenon that it is in this society. When we speak of racism, we are talking about institutionalized discrimination against people of color. Predatory lending is an excellent example of racism, but if you are confused and think racism is simply an individual attitude, you won’t understand how predatory lending works because you will be erroneously looking for the redneck racist banker as the culprit.