Here’s what I’ve learned, and why I did it.
This is such a good read (and so affirming for POC who live in SF/Bay Area). #whiteliberalracism #blindspots
Please read: Color Blind or Just Plain Blind? by John F. Dovidio and Samuel L.Gaertner (ignore the alert at the top of the page about content that has been moved, and keep reading).
My favorite bit is the conclusion’s first bullet:
So what can we each do about racism when we don’t know what we don’t know yet? Here are some simple (but not easy) suggestions for action.
• When a person of color brings up race as an issue in an interpersonal or organizational setting—listen! If the person indicates he or she is offended, don’t be defensive. Instead try to understand the other person’s perspective on the issue. Remember your perceptions can be very different from the everyday experience of others. As the data indicate, whites tend to underestimate the impact of discrimination. Do not begin talking quickly, explain why they are misinterpreting the situation, or begin crying. These are some of the most infuriating responses people of color encounter when they challenge a situation that feels wrong. Take time, if you need it, to think about the situation after listening fully to the other person’s perspective. If you hear problems third-hand, don’t get angry because you were not approached directly. You probably need to talk through the situation at some point, but remember it is almost never completely safe for a person of color to challenge a dominant perception. Listen deeply.
Scientists are working on ways to train our brains away from deeply held prejudices — including hacking your subconscious while you sleep.
Youth programs are looking to redefine maker spaces into more equitable environments by rethinking what’s valued and how facilitators interact with students.
Many Asian Americans fail to see this systematic violence as related to them, when in fact history has taught us that white supremacy is a revolving door that deems different groups of marginalized folks as “unsafe” based on what benefits white people at the time. White people will always find new reasons to profile people of color as criminals, spies, terrorists, and so forth, and Asian Americans are not immune. When the tide of favorability turns against us, I would hope that other people of color would stand in solidarity — just as Asian American folks need to stand in solidarity now.
Read the whole essay here: I’m Chinese American and I Think This Weekend’s Peter Liang Protests Were a Problem, and an Opportunity