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5 Ways White Feminists Can Address Our Own Racism

5 Ways White Feminists Can Address Our Own Racism
Last month, the hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen erupted on Twitter. Started by Mikki Kendall, it immediately became a channel for women of color to call out how implicit racial bias, double standards for women of different races and overt racism are all baked into mainstream white feminism. If you've been following feminism for the past 150 years, you probably weren't surprised by the range of grievances. But if you're a white feminist and you were surprised or you felt defensive or you think you're not part of the problem, then now is the time to woman up, rethink your own role and help reshape feminism. While there are many reasons white feminists have to do this work, Kendall's hashtag highlighted an important one: we cannot credibly or successfully seek societal change when we ourselves create the same injustices we rail against. 1. Try this on for size: when you accidentally step on somebody else's foot, you do not make your good intentions the focus of the episode. 2. 3. 4. 5. Related:  White privilegeIntersectionalité

Practical Ways We Can Stop Centering Everything Around White People’s Feelings | Opine Season Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre Fun fact: white people’s feelings are magic. They can bring any conversation, meeting or movement to a halt. In a debate, they can outweigh even the most credible, concrete evidence. They can threaten someone’s job. Because of all this, any conversation about social justice, power, or history is going to naturally settle into orbit around white people’s feelings. But when social justice education and/or media focuses solely on understanding racism through a white privilege framework, that can recreate the same oppressive structures we’re trying to destroy. As someone who is both a social justice educator and who identifies as at least somewhat white myself, I’d like to explore some other options. Triage Maybe that’s a strong word, but in social justice education spaces, we can acknowledge that some material is going to make white people (or men, or straight people, or any other privileged group) sad. Brave Spaces vs. Like this: Like Loading... About Guante

Weighting To Be Seen: Being Fat, Black and Invisible in Body Positivity Why Do the Japanese Draw Themselves as White? by Guest Blogger Julian Abagond, Aug 30, 2010, at 10:01 am Why do the Japanese draw themselves as white? You see that especially in manga and anime. As it turns out, that is an American opinion, not a Japanese one. If I draw a stick figure, most Americans will assume that it is a white man. The Other has to be marked. Americans apply this thinking to Japanese drawings. You see the same thing in America: After all, why do people think Marge Simpson is white? When you think about it there is nothing particularly white about how anime characters look: huge round eyes – no one looks like that, not even white people (even though that style of drawing eyes does go back to Betty Boop).yellow hair – but they also have blue hair and green hair and all the rest. Besides, that is not how the Japanese draw white or even Chinese people. Gone are the big round eyes and the strange hair colours. Some Americans, even some scholars, will argue against this view of anime.

The Top 10 Most Racist/Privileged Things White Feminists Did in 2013 In honor of the #stopblamingwhitewomenweneedunity hashtag (started via this Huffington Post article penned by the delightfully clueless Adele Wilde-Blavatsky) I’ve decided to put together a top ten honoring the many interesting methods white feminists employed this year to promote unity between themselves and feminists of color. From refusing to defend feminists of color against attacks from the patriarchy (or from other white feminists for that matter), to deriding feminists of color for not being feminist enough, to blaming feminists of color’s oppressions on their own cultures (instead of, you know, patriarchy) white feminists sure have a funny way of expressing their desire for unity with feminists of color. 10. 9. Lily Allen became a white feminist icon for pop anthem “Hard out Here”, a video in which she sings the lines “no need to shake my ass for you cause I’ve got a brain” over a backdrop of black women shaking their asses for you in a demonstration of how brainless they are.

Femmes et séropositives : dénonçons l'injustice Et si vous risquiez la prison pour quelque chose que vous ne pouvez pas changer? Quatre profils représentatifs de la complexité de cette question. La première est une Québécoise accusée par son ex partenaire violent de ne pas avoir divulgué son statut sérologique au tout début de leur relation qui a duré quatre ans. La seconde est une jeune femme qui a choisi de ne pas intenter de poursuites contre l’homme qui lui a transmis le VIH et qui ne lui avait pas divulgué son statut. Des témoignages directs, précieux, qui viennent du cœur et qui exposent avec simplicité une vérité sur notre société qui continue de discriminer et de stigmatiser les personnes qui vivent avec le VIH. Sorti en 2012, ce très bon documentaire de 45 minutes - accessible sur Vimeo - est une réalisation du Réseau juridique canadien VIH/sida et d'Alison Duke.

Study Finds White Americans Believe They Experience More Racism Than African Americans There’s a saying that “the new racism is to deny that racism exists.” If that is the case, it may explain a study conducted by researchers from Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School. Their findings claim that self-described white Americans believe they have “replaced blacks” as the primary victims of racial discrimination in contemporary America. The authors say that their study highlights how the expectations of a “post-racial” society, predicted or imagined in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidency, has far from been achieved. The study finds that while both Caucasian and African Americans agree that anti-black racism has decreased over the last 60 years, whites believe that anti-white racism has increased. Tufts Associate Professor of Psychology Samuel Sommers, PhD is the co-author of the article “Whites See Racism as a Zero-sum Game that They Are Now Losing,” from the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. What are your thoughts?

When “Life Hacking” Is Really White Privilege It happens all the time that white people claim not to be racist because they didn’t intend to be racist; they weren’t thinking about that at all. But there are many situations in which it is precisely your job to think about that. Nothing induces more rage in others than your taking what you do not deserve and not even noticing. A small example: Sometimes I am waiting in line, killing time on my phone, when the cashier, ticket-taker, or receptionist summons me forward. (I am fairly certain that I read as a Fancy White Lady. In situations in which it’s not clear which way the line is supposed to form, or in which multiple lines ultimately lead to the same service point, it has absolutely happened that I was being invited to jump ahead of someone. Plenty of positive thinking literature would encourage me to see this as manifesting abundance or drawing positive energy my way. There is a difference between “being nice to everyone” and “being nice to everyone you happen to notice.”

Picturing Mark Duggan Last week the controversial killing of 29-year-old Mark Duggan by police in North London was ruled lawful by a jury. His killing sparked riots across London and elsewhere in England. To many, it seemed like another unnecessary killing of a young man found prematurely guilty in the minds of police by virtue of the color of his skin. While the court case is over, many still believe that Duggan was murdered without cause. In the meantime, the news covered Duggan’s case quite extensively and, while there is a lot to say, here I want to draw attention to how the story was illustrated. Each of these, together with a headline, potentially leaves the reader with a different impression. Cropping matters too. It may make journalistic sense to exclude context and focus on the individual. Hat tip to Feminist Philosophers.

Why there's no such thing as "Reverse Racism" Tim Wise just wrote a great diary on right wing racism. As usual, though, in the comments some folks started claiming that white folks could be the victims of "racism" too. Even though I thought, from Tim's article, that the impossibility of that was clear, it's a point that's very hard to get across. Coincidentally, an ex-student of mine wrote to me last night and asked me to remind her of my explanation of the impossibility of "Reverse Racism" -- she's in an M.A. program and found herself in a heated argument with some of her peers. In any discussion of racism and it's alleged "Reverse," it's crucial to start with the definitions of prejudice and discrimination, to lay the foundation for understanding racism in context. Prejudice is an irrational feeling of dislike for a person or group of persons, usually based on stereotype. Discrimination takes place the moment a person acts on prejudice. Now to "Reverse Racism." I hope that clarifies things a bit.

De l’expression "racisme anti-blancs" Vous savez que vous ne trouverez pas cette expression validée sur ce blog. Mais j’aimerais énumérer quelques unes des choses que j’entends et que je rapporte à celle-ci: Voilà pèle-mêle certaines des idées qui résonnent dans mon esprit quand j’entends cette expression. C’est ce que j’essayais d’expliquer (entre autres) avec force et énervement (en vain) sur ce forum. Certains n’y voient qu’une bataille de vocabulaire entre discrimination raciale et racisme. Je n’en vois pas d’autre, à part redire que le blanc a raison (et alors maintenir votre privilège). Plus sur le racisme antiblanc : Excellent texte du nègre inverti que vous pouvez retrouver dans ma blogroll. Like this: J'aime chargement… Whose Deviance Do We Notice? by Gwen Sharp, PhD, Apr 11, 2013, at 09:45 am Back in 2010 we featured a post about a segment from the “What Would You Do?” series from abc News that illustrated the way that race plays a role in who is labeled as deviant and who is given the benefit of the doubt. The producers had teens vandalize a car in public to see what onlookers would do. To see if race played a role, they tried it with a group of White boys and then with a group of African American boys. Only one 911 call was made on the White boys, but 10 calls were made on the African American teens. We see this same pattern in another “What Would You Do?” The onlooker interviewed toward the end says race played no role in his reaction.