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Re: Mechanisms of Prejudice: Hidden and Not Hidden
« Reply #105 on: February 02, 2015, 07:44:39 pm »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc7l6sUvaYQ&x-yt-cl=85114404&feature=player_embedded

RACE TALK and the CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE
Published on Feb 2, 2015

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Thom's guest for tonight's Conversations with Great Minds is one of America's most influential thinkers on muliticulturalism and race - Professor Derald Wing Sue. Currently a Professor of Psychology and Education at the Teacher's College at Columbia University - Professor Sue has been at the forefront of some the most forward-thinking scholarship on race relations in America.

His book "Microaggressions in Everyday Life" is now considered a classic of its kind - and it won the inaugural UnityFirst dot com National Diversity and Inclusion Book Prize .Professor Sue is also the co-founder and first President of the Asian American Psychological Association. His new book - "Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race" - is a fascinating look into how we talk about race and racism.


Agelbert NOTE:
More proof that the meritocracy is a myth; The reality is a white male privilege pecking order (white females suffer white male prejudice 24/7) with some token diversity for looks. The pecking order includes less advantages for poor and middle class with equal or greater potential (intelligence and ability) than the upper middle class on up.

Columbia University Professor Derald Wing Sue discusses the incorrect academic view that emotion is antagonistic to reason, the (white privilege based) color blind "protocol" (strategic colorblindness), rhetorical incoherence and other techniques used 24/7.

He also says that the ultimate "White Privilege" is to admit there is racism and demonstrate no plans to attempt to change that unfair status quo. 

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The big problem with meritocracy is that if we allow talented poor children good educations and the ability to rise to the level their talents will allow, then the dull, conventional, blinkered spawn of the affluent will have to fall to the level indicated by their (lack of) ability.
- Vanessa Vitiello Urquhart Slate Writer

The Meritocracy Myth in the USA is a clever, ongoing elite PR stunt called TOKEN opportunities for people of the WRONG color who are poor and/or foreign. Of course the poor and lower middle class whites are NOT given equal opportunities the upper middle class on up have. But they are definitely more advantaged than people of color.

This is NOT about the "most motivated" making it. That's a Social Darwinist (erroneous) view of intelligence that is contradicted by science and human politics on a daily basis. It's also part of the "you can, if you are smart AND aggressive AND determined enough" psychobabble pushed by our society to make people think they have a chance if they really, really are "smart enough".   

That's just another part of the clever con. It serves another purpose besides fooling outsiders into thinking they have a chance to make it; it makes that blinkered spawn, babied into prosperity without any effort (or talent) on their part to merit it, really believe they are special. LOL!

The door is FIRMLY shut to those who would undermine, in any significant numbers, the comfort level of the blinkered spawn of the affluent (and the middle class TOO!). 
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Michelle Alexander: Ferguson Shows Why Criminal Justice System of "Racial Control" Should Be Undone

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The U.S. Justice Department has concluded that the police and city courts in Ferguson, Missouri, routinely engaged in a pattern and practice of discrimination against African Americans.

Agelbert NOTE: See water is wet in the USA.
OR,  just correct the above statement by appropriate word replacement - SEE BELOW:

1) engaged engage
2) Ferguson, Missouri the USA
3) African Americans Primarily African Americans, but including, in decreasing levels of frequency by percentage, ALL minorities AND targeted activist white folks that have issues with fascist police fun and games.

Objective law enforcement? SURE ... 

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AMY GOODMAN: Investigators also found that African Americans constituted 96 percent of people arrested in traffic stops solely for an outstanding warrant, 95 percent of jaywalking charges, 94 percent of failure-to-comply charges, 92 percent of all disturbing-the-peace charges. With traffic stops, African-American motorists are twice as likely to be searched when pulled over, even though searches of white drivers are more likely to turn up drugs or other contraband.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/3/4/michelle_alexander_ferguson_shows_why_criminal


 
 
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Why there's no such thing as "Reverse Racism"



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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.  So I wrote it down for her and sent it off.  I thought, though, that it might be a useful document to post on DailyKos, so here it is...

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.  So I wrote it down for her and sent it off.  I thought, though, that it might be a useful document to post on DailyKos, so here it is...

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.  There's a reason these three terms exist, and a very good reason not to conflate them, as I'll demonstrate below.

Prejudice is an irrational feeling of dislike for a person or group of persons, usually based on stereotype.  Virtually everyone feels some sort of prejudice, whether it's for an ethnic group, or for a religious group, or for a type of person like blondes or fat people or tall people.  The important thing is they just don't like them -- in short, prejudice is a feeling, a belief.  You can be prejudiced, but still be a fair person if you're careful not to act on your irrational dislike.

Discrimination takes place the moment a person acts on prejudice.  This describes those moments when one individual decides not to give another individual a job because of, say, their race or their religious orientation.  Or even because of their looks (there's a lot of hiring discrimination against "unattractive" women, for example).  You can discriminate, individually, against any person or group, if you're in a position of power over the person you want to discriminate against.  White people can discriminate against black people, and black people can discriminate against white people if, for example, one is the interviewer and the other is the person being interviewed.

Racism, however, describes patterns of discrimination that are institutionalized as "normal" throughout an entire culture. It's based on an ideological belief that one "race" is somehow better than another "race".  It's not one person discriminating at this point, but a whole population operating in a social structure that actually makes it difficult for a person not to discriminate. 

A clear cut example is a slave-holding culture:  people are born into a society where one sort of person is "naturally" a master, and another sort of person is "naturally" a slave (and sometimes not considered a person at all, but a beast of burden).  In a culture like that, discrimination is built into the social, economic and political fabric, and individuals -- even "free" individuals -- don't really have a choice about whether they discriminate or not because even if they don't believe in slavery, they interact every day with slaves and the laws and rules that keep slaves bound. 

In a racist society
, it takes a special act of courage and willingness to subject oneself to scandal or danger to step outside that system and become an abolitionist. It's not the "fault" of every member of the master class that slavery exists, and some might wish it was gone.  But the fact is that every single member of the master class benefits from the unpaid labor of slaves at every level of society because they simply can't avoid consuming the products that slavery produces, or benefiting from the exploitation of slave labor.  So unless members of the master class rise up and oppose the system and try to overthrow it (abolitionists, for example), they're going to be complicit in the slave system: even abolitionists will profit -- against their will -- in the slave system because they still have to wear clothes or use other things the system produced.

The above is an extreme, clear example, which I use to make it easier to see the fuzzier, more complex situations in which we operate today.  Despite the fact that slaves were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, and that the 14th Amendment gave African Americans voting rights, the institutional structures of racism were not overturned.  Even after the 14th was passed, white people still had the power to prevent black people from voting by instituting the poll tax, the grandfather clause, and the "understanding" clause which required blacks to recite any segment of the Constitution the registrar wanted them to recite.  In the Sixties, the Civil Rights Voting Acts were passed, which knocked down those obstacles to voting. But black Americans still do not have political power in proportion to their presence in the population (even though there's a black President).

If you look at important voting bodies like the Federal and the State senates and congresses, or at the Federal and State supreme courts, or at the CEO list of major corporations, or at any other body that wields substantial power in the U.S., you will count only a few black faces (and in some cases, none).  Out of the number of black faces you count, most of them will not be representing the views of the majority of black people in this country, but the views of the white majority.  On the other hand, if you count the number of black people in poverty, and in prisons, or the number of people who are unemployed or lack health care, there are far more black people in these categories than is proportionate to their numbers in the larger society.

Unless you are going to argue that blacks are "naturally" inferior to whites (which is an outright racist position), you have to admit that there is some mechanism that is limiting black opportunity. That's the mechanism we call "racism" -- the interacting social, political, and economic rule systems that all discriminate, either overtly (racial profiling, for example) or covertly (i.e., white majority governments redrawing district voting lines so that black majority areas are politically split up and don't have the electoral power to vote in black candidates; or, white-run banks using zip codes as a criteria for excluding people who apply for loans, and just "happening" to exclude all the majority black neighborhoods in a city, a practice called "red-lining").  One could go on for hours about these various mechanisms, and I'm sure you can think of plenty on your own which discriminate against blacks, Hispanics, "Arab-looking" people, Native Americans, & so on.

Now to "Reverse Racism."  It's crucial to maintain the distinction between the above three terms, because otherwise white people tend to redefine "Discrimination" as "Racism".  Their main argument is that because both blacks and white can discriminate against each other, that "Reverse Racism" is possible.  But the truth of the matter is that black people: 1) have far less opportunity to discriminate against whites than whites have to discriminate against blacks, overall; and 2) black people lack a system of institutionalized support that protect them when they discriminate against whites. 

It took black and white people working together for one hundred years to get programs like Affirmative Action installed in the U.S., but it took one white man (Alan Bakke) only a single Supreme Court case to get those programs dismantled because he felt he didn't gain entry into medical school based on his white race. 

"Reverse Racism" would only describe a society in which all the rules and roles were turned upside down. That has not happened in the U.S., however much white right wing ideologues want to complain that they're being victimized by the few points of equality that minorities and women have managed to claim.  White people who complain about "Reverse Racism" are actually complaining about being denied their privileges, rather than being denied their rights.  They feel entitled to be hired and not to be discriminated against, even though the norm is white people discriminating against blacks. If, in a rare instance, a black employer discriminates against a white job applicant, that's not "reverse" anything -- it's simple discrimination.  It's to be condemned on principle, but it's not evidence of some systematic program by which whites are being deprived of their rights. 

The right wing popularized the term "Reverse Racism" because they were really angry at having their white privileges challenged. Anyone who uses that phrase, whether they are right wing or not, furthers the right wing's cause.  This is what I tell Democrats and progressives who I hear using the term -- not only are they being inaccurate, but they're helping out their opponents.

The above arguments can be applied to any institutionalized structure of oppression, affecting any race, ethnic or religious group, and can be used to to oppose claims of "Reverse Sexism" too.

I hope that clarifies things a bit.      ;D

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/07/15/884649/-Why-there-s-no-such-thing-as-Reverse-Racism
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Tue Apr 07, 2015 at 09:52 PM PDT.

Ferguson, MO City Council Becomes Diverse as Two African Americans Win Office   

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/08/1376307/-Ferguson-MO-City-Council-Becomes-Diverse-as-Two-African-Americans-Win-Office

Tue Apr 07, 2015 at 06:31 AM PDT.

Three black men, convicted as teens, exonerated in Ohio after serving 20 years in prison
 

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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/07/1376122/-Three-black-men-convicted-as-teens-exonerated-released-in-Ohio-after-serving-20-years-in-prison
Tue Apr 07, 2015 at 02:51 PM PDT.

Police officer to face murder charges for shooting man in back 8 times


by Walter Einenkel

PICTURE OF THE MURDER (Yeah, it was a WHITE cop KILLING a BLACK man  >:() at link.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/07/1376242/-Police-officer-to-face-murder-charges-for-shooting-man-in-back-8-times

If you have not read "The Unsteady March", then you do not know what has actually been DONE to African Americans in this country since over a century BEFORE 1776. They were promised property and equality when they were needed (USED   ) for a war and subsequently denied everything promised and systematically ABUSED through denial of "white" rights under the law.

The next war comes and the same empty promises are given, only to have the POLICE and the COURTS "put them in their place again" after the war.  :(

And don't think it is an equal up and down thing. It is not. The duration of the war(s), along with the empty promises , is short in comparison with the LENGTHY periods of abuse, murder, crushing poverty and demonization . ]Like the Native Americans, African Americans have ALWAYS been a people under a clever and ruthless RACIST siege by MOST (not just the powerful) Americans of white European descent.

And the BLACK president?  ::) Obama knows he is a token that had better tow the line in the unending gaming of minorities in this fascist paradise. Being a "house ****" is the ONLY real path to a certain amount of prosperity and tranquility that African Americans have EVER HAD in the USA. The Constitution WAS NOT written for African Americans.

 



"The Unsteady March: The Rise and Decline of Racial Equality in America" by Philip A. Klinkner and Rogers M. Smith is reviewed.


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In spite of the history of enslavement, hostility, and continued discrimination experienced by African Americans, it is possible to put together an optimistic portrait of racial progress in the United States. In a series of constitutional amendments following the Civil War, former slaves were recognized as American citizens and promised constitutional rights, including full political participation. And in spite of many setbacks along the way, there have been significant improvements in the social, political, and economic conditions for most black Americans over the last fifty years.

However, it is also possible to assemble a very pessimistic account of the historical and contemporary status of African Americans.
The promise of racial freedom and progress of the Reconstruction Era ended in little more than a decade after the Civil War. The rise of Jim Crow, sanctioned by state law throughout the South, and the system of de facto segregation and semi-official discrimination in the rest of the country were only ended by the power of the Civil Rights movement and the threat of a second civil war.

In spite of significant economic improvements and the creation of a sizable black middle class, there has been only modest progress in the racial integration of neighborhoods, schools, churches, and other social institutions. Playing the race card to mobilize white voters based on their fears of blacks has been a perennial feature of American politics.

Social science has not had an easy time providing a plausible theoretical explanation of this complex and often contradictory history of race relations in the United States. Any theory of continuity, whether of unremitting white racism or of gradual enlightenment, is inconsistent with the zigs and zags of history. Historians tend to eschew broad theoretical accounts in favor of interpretations of trends and events in specific periods. Most social scientists focus on the contemporary period that usually allows for an assumption of stability or only one major historical change that requires an explanation.

In a very bold volume, political scientists Philip Klinkner and Rogers Smith take on the task of explaining the entire fabric of American race relations, from seventeenth century Virginia to the political dynamics of the Reagan and Clinton administrations of the late twentieth century. Even though the authors fall short of their ambitions. The Unsteady March: The Rise and Decline of Racial Equality in America is a book with a novel interpretation that deserves serious discussion and debate.

In a nutshell, Klinkner and Smith argue that African Americans have only made progress when black soldiers were essential for winning a war. During the Revolutionary War, somewhere between five and eight thousand blacks served as soldiers; and perhaps one-hundred thousand slaves, about one-fifth of the total slave population, gained their freedom through one means or another during this period.

http://faculty.washington.edu/charles/new%20PUBS/Reviews%20and%20Other%20Publications/R27.pdf


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The book was written by academic scholars. It is just over 417 pages long. It has a bibliography that references absolutely every quote and historical activity provided as evidence for the way it REALLY WORKS (past AND PRESENT)  in this country. Bring a sandwich if you want to challenge these scholars.  8)
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Sugary Drinks in Communities of Color: Recent Research and Policy Options for Reducing Consumption

2015-03-17 at 11.07.03 AM

This policy brief investigates sugary drink consumption in communities of color, focusing on the public health impact and marketing of such products, and policy options to facilitate healthy beverage consumption. It also discusses how decision makers can work to prevent childhood obesity and related illnesses by advancing policies to reduce the marketing and appeal of sugary drinks—and increase the availability of healthy alternatives—in communities of color.

Facts at a Glance:

•Consumption of sugary drinks is associated with poor health outcomes,including excessive weight gain, childhood and adult obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay.

•Children who drink a 12-ounce soda every day are 60 percent more likely to become obese than those who do not.

•People of color are more likely to have limited access to healthy beverages, more inclined to consume sugary beverages, and more affected by preventable chronic diseases.

Food and beverage companies disproportionately target marketing efforts promoting sugary drinks toward people of color.

 

http://www.leadershipforhealthycommunities.org/resource/sugary-drinks-in-communities-of-color-recent-research-and-policy-options-for-reducing-consumption/
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“Being A Cop Showed Me Just How Racist And Violent Police Are. There’s Only One Fix.”
By Redditt Hudson / Washington Post April 8th, 2015
Redditt Hudson, a former cop, works for the NAACP and chairs the board of the Ethics Project. The views expressed here are his own.


As a kid, I got used to being stopped by the police. I grew up in an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis. It was the kind of place where officers routinely roughed up my friends and family for no good reason.
I hated the way cops treated me.

But I knew police weren’t all bad. One of my father’s closest friends was a cop. He became a mentor to me and encouraged me to join the force. He told me that I could use the police’s power and resources to help my community.

So in 1994, I joined the St. Louis Police Department. I quickly realized how naive I’d been. I was floored by the dysfunctional culture I encountered.

I won’t say all, but many of my peers were deeply racist.

One example: A couple of officers ran a Web site called St. Louis Coptalk, where officers could post about their experience and opinions. At some point during my career, it became so full of racist rants that the site administrator temporarily shut it down. Cops routinely called anyone of color a “thug,” whether they were the victim or just a bystander.

This attitude corrodes the way policing is done.

As a cop, it shouldn’t surprise you that people will curse at you, or be disappointed by your arrival. That’s part of the job. But too many times, officers saw young black and brown men as targets. They would respond with force to even minor offenses. And because cops are rarely held accountable for their actions, they didn’t think too hard about the consequences.

Once, I accompanied an officer on a call. At one home, a teenage boy answered the door. That officer accused him of harboring a robbery suspect, and demanded that he let her inside. When he refused, the officer yanked him onto the porch by his throat and began punching him.

Another officer met us and told the boy to stand. He replied that he couldn’t. So the officer slammed him against the house and cuffed him. When the boy again said he couldn’t walk, the officer grabbed him by his ankles and dragged him to the car. It turned out the boy had been on crutches when he answered the door, and couldn’t walk.

Back at the department, I complained to the sergeant. I wanted to report the misconduct. But my manager squashed the whole thing and told me to get back to work.

I, too, have faced mortal danger. I’ve been shot at and attacked. But I know it’s almost always possible to defuse a situation.

Once, a sergeant and I got a call about someone wielding a weapon in an apartment. When we showed up, we found someone sitting on the bed with a very large butcher knife. Rather than storming him and screaming “put the knife down” like my colleagues would have done, we kept our distance. We talked to him, tried to calm him down.

It became clear to us that he was dealing with mental illness. So eventually, we convinced him to come to the hospital with us.

I’m certain many other officers in the department would have escalated the situation fast. They would have screamed at him, gotten close to him, threatened him. And then, any movement from him, even an effort to drop the knife, would have been treated as an excuse to shoot until their clips were empty.
* * *

I liked my job, and I was good at it.

But more and more, I felt like I couldn’t do the work I set out to do. I was participating in a profoundly corrupt criminal justice system. I could not, in good conscience, participate in a system that was so intentionally unfair and racist. So after five years on the job, I quit.

Since I left, I’ve thought a lot about how to change the system. I’ve worked on police abuse, racial justice and criminal justice reform at the Missouri ACLU and other organizations.

Unfortunately, I don’t think better training alone will reduce police brutality. My fellow officers and I took plenty of classes on racial sensitivity and on limiting the use of force.

The problem is that cops aren’t held accountable for their actions, and they know it. These officers violate rights with impunity.
They know there’s a different criminal justice system for civilians and police.

Even when officers get caught, they know they’ll be investigated by their friends, and put on paid leave. My colleagues would laughingly refer to this as a free vacation. It isn’t a punishment. And excessive force is almost always deemed acceptable in our courts and among our grand juries. Prosecutors are tight with law enforcement, and share the same values and ideas.

http://www.constantinereport.com/cop-showed-just-racist-violent-police-theres-one-fix/
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UB,
I wish the "Mom and Pop" MYTH would JUST GO AWAY!

I have been subjected to SEVERE prejudice and treatment at those "beloved bastions of free enterprise" you worship enough times to AVOID THEM LIKE THE PLAGUE (which was their intention, of course).

ALL those big box stores all over this country HELPED minority NON-WHITES to get fair treatment and reasonable prices.
All the  evils of those giant efficient store systems made a few people horribly rich and have shafted many WHITE small town employees and store owners along the way. That was, and is, WRONG. But moaning and groaning about the "saintly" Mom and Pop stores scares the **** out of minorities. WHY? Because it is CODE SPEECH for nostalgia for the "good old" RACIST days!

MOM AND POP STORES were the bigotry and price gouging FRONT LINE against people like me in this country before the big box stores came along. THEY STILL ARE in Vermont and other places not totally Walmartized. I KNOW what Mon and Pop restaurants and bed and breakfasts I WANT TO AVOID (ALL of them) if I know what is good for me.

I STOPPED going even to chain restaurants AND fast food outlets several years ago, not for health reasons (although now that is the main reason I don't eat out ANYWHERE). BECAUSE of the dirty looks and delayed service. I was even treated to a caterpillar in my lettuce at a Friendlies Restaurant. I said nothing. My wife had her leg in a cast and I didn't want to ruin the meal for her. So I casually covered the little fellow with my napkin. At first, since the waitress was friendly, I thought it was just one of those things. However, I noticed somebody from the kitchen walked by and looked at me out of the corner of his eye TWICE. I was NOT attracting any attention.

And Friendlies isn't even "Mom and Pop"! You DON'T want to know about the looks I have received at other chain restaurants from rather large, white and menacing looking Vermonters.

Forget venturing into one of those "Mom and Pop" places they have here. At a "Mom and Pop" hardware store I waited a full 10 minutes while THREE attendants studiously avoided eye contact with me while talking in a group. There were NO OTHER COSTUMERS IN THE STORE. I never went back there (which was their plan, of course).

I DO NOT BELIEVE in the "FREEDOM" of people to treat other people like ****, GET IT!!? If you open a business for HUMAN BEINGS TO EAT AT or SLEEP AT, you DO NOT have the "right" to treat people poorly because you think they are LESS THAN YOU.

THAT is what those MOM AND POP assholes ACTUALLY BELIEVED WAS (and IS) their "right".
BUL LS HIT!

I'm GLAD Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot and so on DESTROYED the racist based profits of those Mom and Pop stores!

And millions upon millions of blacks/Hispanics/orientals/brown people FEEL EXACTLY THE SAME WAY!

FU CK the Mom and Pop ASS HOLES who nurtured, protected and profited from a RACIST SYSTEM. Put that in your Libertarian pipe and SMOKE IT!
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[CAUTION - RACIST TERMS]

I live right on the path of a marathon.  A few weeks ago, my neighbors and I were gathered in our courtyard, enjoying sun and the runners whizzing past. We are a multi-culti group of residents, Latinos, Asians, Whites and African-Americans.  One of the residents had friends over to watch the marathon, and as we all chatted, one of the White male guests casually commented to two others about what was happening in his old neighborhood, yada yada, "wetbacks", yada yada.  I froze for a second.  There were at least 4 Latinos standing in our midst, and my White neighbors have always been extremely friendly. No one said anything. The men kept discussing "ghetto people," crime, guarding their cars, etc.

It was like being in college again.  I knew I would say something, I knew the "Seven Steps of Denial" would come up, I knew my neighbor, who'd invited this man, would never speak to me again, etc.  I let that all go, stepped over to the men, and said, I'd heard what they said, that this was my home, and that his language was not okay.

The Seven Steps of Denial that next unfolded took less than 20 minutes (this sometimes happened over the course of days in college):

 1) "I didn't do it."
Wide-eyed stare and shrug from one of the listeners.

 2) "It's not my problem."
The other listener walks away.

3) "It was a fluke/out of character." The man I addressed said, "I'm sorry, I never say things like that." (I reply, "It's not my business if you say it, but you can't say it here where I live.")

4) "I'm not guilty by association/One of my best friends is___."  The man I addressed said, "I'm sorry. My uncle is Hispanic, I mean not one of THOSE Hispanics, he didn't come over on a boat--"  I cut him off, admittedly.  I said, "You are sorry you were overheard.  And I'm guessing your uncle does not know you call Latinos w***."  I turn to the wide-eyed guy, who is muscular, covered in tattoos and has short-cropped hair.  "Can you relate to this a little?  I'm guessing people see you and think you're an ex-con or just cross the street."  The tattooed man says, "Why are you making this about me?"  I reply that "it's everyone's responsibility to say something."

5) "You're overreacting/hyper-sensitive." The tattooed man says, "People are too hyper-sensitive to this stuff."  I reply, "No, people are under-sensitive."  He walks away.

6) "I'll just assert my inherent entitlement/dominance/superiority over you." The man I addressed steps up and firmly says, "I said I'm sorry.  You want to call the police?" I say just as firmly, "Are you kidding? You're in my home. You can go." Another resident comes over and asks who invited him and whose fault he is (literally).  I walk back to watch the race.
6) "Your thinking I'm a racist, based on an actual thing I've just said or done, cannot be allowed to stand." The man I addressed does not leave.  He keeps coming over to apologize, to say he isn't a racist, to mention his Hispanic uncle again, etc.  Another resident, who is White and married to a Latina, tells him he'd have punched him in the face if his wife had been outside.  I ignore the man I'd originally addressed and watch the marathon.

7) "Your mentioning race is an affront to our sensibilities." No one at the gathering speaks to me for the rest of the marathon, and the resident who'd invited the man I addressed stops speaking to me in passing.

So decades after shaking my head about this with 20 year olds, it was interesting to hear Dixon D. White, a half-White/half-Cuban, self-identified Southern redneck and former racist, sit in his Ford F-150 and talk so deeply about something so few have tools to think about.  I like that he said it was everyone's responsibility (and agree).  I like that he said that the African-Americans who have reached out to him have experienced "truth deprivation" from a world that denies and reframes racism.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGJt0JXX05M&feature=player_embedded

Dixon D. White: "I challenge all of you to post a video with your smart phones about race and post it on social media! Let's do the damn thing!"

But I really like his call to action.  I asked many times when I used to engage regularly here for someone to explain what happens when racism is mentioned, what is the chain of thoughts that triggers such consistent and passionate resistance/denial? I wanted to understand it then; I realized today, I still do.

Maybe it's not the world - maybe it's just my life that will change, one selfie-stick video at a time.

P.S. it's been so long since I posted, I'm not sure what tags to add.

2:15 PM PT: No selfie-stick, but here's another testimonial from Dallas newscaster Dale Hansen:

Read more and watch videos from honest white people who get it at link: :coffee:

"Redneck's" viral video calls for "white racial responsibility" videos
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TDOS,
The problem most humans have with reality is that they lack the ability to put themselves in the shoes of other people due to ingrained prejudices about "taking care of their own" against whoever is out there that might try to bang their daughter or take their stuff.

This egocentric attitude based on the primitive society "wisdom" of taking care of number one and his or her offspring/tribe worked okay when there weren't that many people around.

But now that there are many of us, the HYPOCRISY of documents like the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are in plain view. Yet people claim that everybody "gets what the deserve". 

No, since Thomas Jefferson and George Washington calmly planned to starve, demonize, ostracize, marginalize ETC. the Native Americans in order to steal their land while the African Americans were "kept in their place", NOTHING HAS CHANGED in this country.

Do you know what minorities think about all those "rights" we supposedly have? They think it is all bul ls hit. Do you know what many of them think of Socialism? They think it's a con game to enslave them in a slightly different way that Capitalism shafts them by being a "property rights" front for bigotry and prejudice.

You might say that minorities EXPECT to be lied to and double talked to from here to the moon because THAT is the way it has ALWAYS been.

There has been a CONCERTED effort in this country since the end of the Civil War to PREVENT minorities from owning property and businesses. When a leader of said minorities appears, he or she is either bought or bopped. THAT is how you can get GROSSLY duplicitous, mendacious and perfidious crap spewed from the mouth of bigots about those "rich" blacks taking the jobs away from "Mom and Pop".

The hell of all this that whitey does not get is that by gaming the minorities to fu ck them over per secula seculorum, the INSTANT minorities are given a tiny bit of relief from being under a 24/7 siege, they go for it, even if it is going to be deleterious to their own well being eventually. They DON'T CARE. All they see is that what they had was SH IT. All, they see is their leaders getting bought off and then raised up by whitey as examples of the rest of the minorities. They CANNOT catch a break with whitey.

SO, they actually will embrace fascism and dictatorship if they get more freedom in that society than they had in the "Mom and Pop", small town friendly police (to whites), democratic towns (for whites) era.

Justice really does require affirmative action and massive reverse taxation reparations to minorities. That AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN because whitey STILL thinks minorities are "free loaders", thanks to centuries of demonization of said minorities.

WHY do you think the big political parties in the US are going after the latino vote? Because its EASY to sucker people that are desperate for a break.

Thomas Jefferson and George Washington et al planted a twisted racist seed. It is now almost full grown. The fruit of that tree is not freedom; it is fascism.

Treating minorities like sh it has consequences. Everybody loses because the bastards behind this racist system deliberately fomented denigration, hatred, marginalization, cruelty and suspicion of the other since long before 1776.

Now most of the minorities are every bit as "racist" as the those who visited them with racism. THAT IS THE FAULT OF THE DOMINANT GROUP, no matter what disingenuous claim to innocence the dominant group (European descended land owning white males) pis ses and moans about.
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GO said,
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Facts like the millions of immigrants coming to America with hopes and dreams from another country and making it through hard work in their own small business have no place here Unc.

It's all about victim weeping Leftist BS here.

MORE offensive, deliberate distortion of reality, in the service of private property and racist privilege, by the sneering mocker of all minorities and poor.   Next you will show us another picture of some rich guy enjoying some veal.

YOU HAVE NO SHAME, GO.

HERE are some FACTS to stick up your perspective challenged, Libertarian ****:

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May 12, 2014 - Minority businesses make up almost 15 percent of the 28 million small businesses and employ 5.9 million workers in the United States. Minorities include people in any category other than non-Hispanic white, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

THAT MEANS EIGHTY FIVE PERCENT PLUS IS OWNED by WHITES, MR. BULL****!!!
And most OF THE TINY percentage of minority owned business ARE IN MAJOR METROPOLITAN AREAS because they will NOT get community support (or get trashed) in pretty suburban places like YOU like to live in. THEY ARE FORCED to limit WHERE they open a business thanks to WHITE GREEDY BIGOTS. SPARE me the "Chinese restaurants are everywhere", PAL!

And that is after 400 ****ing YEARS, you ignorant, bigoted buffon! Take your double talk to your pals at TBP where they think JUST LIKE YOU.

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In 2007, Asians owned 1.6 million businesses, African-Americans owned 1.9 million, Hispanics owned 2.3 million, and Native American/Pacific Islander owned 0.3 million, according to the most recent data from the Small Business Administration.


http://www.cnbc.com/id/101639528

NO Surly, I AM NOT going to apologize. Delete this post if you want. I am SICK AND TIRED of this bloated ****ANT GO playing the part of the injured party. **** HIM, HIS GOLD, HIS GREED and HIS DELIBERATE, PREJUDICED and MENDACIOUS DISTORTIONS OF REALITY!
 
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Person steals property, resists arrest and insults police. WATCH what happens.  ;)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3so9qc0xUtk&feature=player_embedded

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The officers attempting to detain her also declined to press charges for resisting.

Instead, Manhart was given a criminal trespass warning which effectively bans her from any university activity, including graduation and football games, said Andy Clark, vice president for enrollment, marketing and communications.

IOW she gave the authorities the finger and got off with a restraining order.  Remember folks, in this country the REAL religion is THIS:  FLAG=God=M.I.C.
USA! USA! USA! 

This is the PRIESTHOOD:

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Sat May 02, 2015 at 05:23 AM PDT.

Shocking Facts for Anti-Blacks

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Has anyone visited the comment section of an MSN news story, which involved police brutality of blacks, or just blacks? If you have, you probably noticed an ill feeling in your gut as you read the horrendous comments posted by anti-black racists. If it was against all other races except for their own, they would just be racists; but no, their particular gripe is against the people with the darkest of dark skin tones. The article I visited that had this latest batch of typed fecal was, "TIME magazine asks how much has really changed in America since the '60s". The cringe-worthy diatribes against blacks outnumbered any commenters with brains... I know, because I posted a reply myself. I know, it was a waste of time - but it felt to me as if just leaving the comments section vacant of any reason and logic, would've drawn in some poor young person to fall for whatever terrible trash was posted without some rebuttal. I was going to post another, but said post was longer than first intended, and I felt it would have been wasted on a short-lived news story's comments section. So instead, I decided to post it here, so if you ever run into a poo-flinging mouth breather, you can redirect them here or copy and paste parts to use as a quick response to stupid comments. (If they learned how to read that is.)
 [I'm mixed, (Hispanic & black,) but I wrote this in a way so to make sound less like I'm being the representative of all black people.].

    Here are a few things you might find a bit of a shock:

     1.) Blacks don't want your pity and sympathy, they want your respect, empathy, and equal opportunity. No matter how hard blacks try, this country never gives all three.
They are said to be available, but it rarely is, if ever. Many blacks are held responsible for the actions of the few, blamed for the breakdown of society, and seen as the most inferior in many aspects compared to other skin colors. As a result, blacks are excluded from the inclusive, beaten without question, and killed without remorse. The most peaceful are labeled cowards, the bravest are labeled violent, adults are patronized like children, and children are treated like adults. This is all while being exploited for profit, have their successes ignored, failures paraded, and berated for just existing. Blacks take such mistreatment for years, and whenever they want to have a dialogue about this, they are accused of being "race-baiters" or "uppity troublemakers". Then when they finally react to their mistreatment, it is somehow assumed that there is no reason to act that way, so that must be just the way they are. All of this makes it near impossible to achieve any cordial interracial relationship, even with those considered as the "few good ones" who "pull themselves up and become great citizens."

     2.) Black culture IS American culture. Everything racists despise blacks for, you see every other U.S. citizen do:
Blacks glorify crime? The Sopranos was a top-rated show across the U.S., and pirates are beloved fantastical characters. Blacks are always asking for handouts? Last I checked, so does the other 61.2% of recipients, with the majority of those being whites. Blacks are so violent? In Walmart, you have the choice of getting a copy of Dirty Harry or GTA, before heading for your next NRA meeting. Am I saying blacks don’t have their own culture? Yes and no; but hey, that happens when your ancestors are kidnapped and stripped of much of their old ways. Over time however, blacks adapted to their new home and contributed with their own innovations, but they were only well incorporated into America’s culture after racism tried to remove any black identity.

     3.) Other minorities did go through hard times, and they did react violently to injustice too, despite how passive you thought they were to get to where they are now.
Remember all of the Indian Wars and AIM during the 1960's and 70's? Remember the Jewish uprisings in Europe, and the people like Meyer Lansky in the States during WWII? I doubt many remember the Manzanar Riot. Yeah, people without black skin managed to fair better in American society than those with, in spite of being just as qualified for the same treatment. Why? Here are two major reasons: a.) lighter skin meant an easier time blending in with whites, than someone with darker skin, (especially if they could pass themselves off as white,) and b.) except for Native Americans, many minorities made the choice to come to America. They may not have had a lot of money or familiar faces with them, but they came and kept much of what they brought with them. Blacks…not so much.

     4.) When a community is stricken with poverty and abuse, it’s much less likely anybody living there will feel as if they are a part of it.
If when you move into a neighborhood, and the area’s residents are prejudice against you, they will intentionally make things hard for you. When the wealthier residents let their prejudice get the best of them and move away, taking their personal funds and investments with them, there is going to be poverty. When corrupt elected officials, (both left and right,) defund education and social services, there is going to be a lack of education and fewer avenues to receive aid. If you work long hours at multiple minimum-wage jobs just to make a living, and still not able to afford certain needs and amenities, you are going to hate those establishments.
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Poverty + Inadequate Education and Services + High Effort, Low Paying Jobs = Desperation, Depression, Frustration.
This leads to more crime, more drug usage, and less stable families. Anyone in a situation like this would feel trapped in a community where they feel unappreciated, unsafe, and unlikely to move up the social ladder; it feels more like a penal colony than something worth living in. You feel like the community is not your own. Yet despite that, you try to make the best out of this situation, and then here come the cops. The ones who are supposed to protect and serve you, instead victimize you. If you run, you die! If you startle the officer, you die! If you give up, dead! If you even sneeze, dead! Is it racism? Classism? Both? Whichever the case, only so much can be piled on any human being before they break. It doesn't matter if the next individual was innocent or a small-time crook, if they die unarmed while complying, surrendering, in custody, running away in fear, or just minding their own business, it all will boil over. When that break finally happens, don't be surprised that you find yourself targeting police cars, minimum-wage work places, stores with unaffordable needs and wants, and homes with shoddy upkeep. Is this a good idea? To anyone not living there, of course not…but if you look under the surface, it becomes a little more understandable.

     5.) “Black Lives Matter”, means black lives matter AS MUCH as everyone else’s. People with brains get the message, which is why you see people of many colors march together against police brutality and racism. Meanwhile, racists somehow see the term “Black Lives Matter” as a challenge; as blacks are worth more than everyone else, or that blacks are the only victims to brutality. With that, racists are offended by the term, and accuse blacks of being bigots with victim complexes.

Blacks have been in America since the Spanish. Blacks are not going anywhere and are not going to stop demanding a fair shake. If you still have some humility left, stop ignoring and demonizing an entire people for the sake of secretly making yourself feel better than others. We are all human; we are all more complex than just good and evil, and skin certainly doesn't dictate who a person is. Don't like that truth? Get used to it!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/02/1381648/-Shocking-Facts-for-Anti-Blacks
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Addressing environmental racism to ensure rights for everyone in Canada   

May 20, 2015 | By Katie Perfitt, Blue Dot Community Organizer 

By Katie Perfitt, Blue Dot Community Organizer
 5/20/2015
 
In April, the conversation about environmental rights took a significant step forward with a private member’s bill introduced in the Nova Scotia legislature. Bill 111 is called An Act to Address Environmental Racism. Although it wasn’t passed before the legislature adjourned for the summer, it shines a light on a fundamental concept in our work.

We cannot talk about environmental rights unless we also acknowledge historical and continuing injustice. Unfortunately, we have plenty in Canada. Environmental racism and the broader concept of environmental injustice and inequity describe situations in which disadvantaged and vulnerable communities bear a disproportionate burden of preventable environmental health hazards, such as pollution, environmental degradation and the effects of climate change.

In Nova Scotia and elsewhere, many serious issues that come up when we’re talking about environmental rights — lack of fresh air and clean water, lack of access to unspoiled nature, health impacts — are disproportionately experienced by people who have been historically marginalized.

The disproportionate location of polluting industry sites and other environmental hazards close to racially marginalized communities is just one reason the connection between environmental rights and environmental racism cannot be understated.

That’s why we consistently say we want to ensure fresh air, clean water and healthy food for all. We’re not just talking about a majority of people who live in Canada; we’re talking about every person who lives here. No matter where you live, how much money you earn or what colour your skin is, you shouldn’t have to live in an area where dumping or industrial processes put your health at risk.

Many of us are fortunate to live in a healthy environment. But in Nova Scotia — similar to many parts of Canada — when you see pulp mill or a dump, you’ll often see a First Nations band, or an Acadian or African Nova Scotian community nearby.

These are serious issues that challenge us to confront who we are and who we want to be as a people. As Martin Luther King Jr. stated,
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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
People in communities that experience the worst impacts must be given a chance to tell their stories and to be involved in creating solutions for problems they did not create. Until that happens, we can’t as a collective be healthy. By confronting environmental racism we can begin to look for solutions so we can find environmental justice for all people in Canada.

Just a few months ago, the Nova Scotia government passed Bill 89, to clean up Boat Harbour (a pulp mill effluent site on First Nations’ land). While this is an important step for the province, and long overdue for the community, Boat Harbour is only one Nova Scotia community that has experienced environmental racism. Other notable examples include Africville, East Preston and Lincolnville. Bill 111, also known as the Environmental Racism Prevention Act, is the first step in acknowledging and accepting responsibility for widespread environmental racism in the province.

Although the bill is profound in its intent, it’s modest in its aims. Introduced by NDP MLA Lenore Zann, Bill 111 proposes to establish an independent panel to consult the public on environmental racism in Nova Scotia and make recommendations to government. The legislature adjourned for the summer before a vote could be held, but we hope the issue will be back on the political agenda during the fall sitting.

It’s a conversation that’s long overdue, and this bill starts us down a path of seeing the environment, social justice, racism and our shared future in a new light: holistic, with integrity and improved health for everyone.

Read more about Bill 111

Bill 111 – Legislative text

David Suzuki Foundation proposal for an environmental health equity agenda for Canada (page 44 in the Green Budget Coalition Recommendations for Budget 2015)

Canadian Centre for Environmental Health Equity
http://bluedot.ca/stories/addressing-environmental-racism-to-ensure-rights-for-everyone-in-canada/
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