Below is a link to one of the readings for my “Hard Conversations: Introduction to Racism” online course with Patti Digh. I will tag this and future readings/videos with the “hard conversations” and “racism” tags.
Everyone’s talking about the confrontation between Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus at the VMAs. Here’s why this author’s on #TeamNicki – and what you need to know to avoid being part of the problem of tone policing.
Thanks, Stan, for sharing this article.
See also: this video about how to apologize after getting “called out.” I put “called out” in quotations because more and more, I am finding myself favoring “calling someone in” over “calling someone out” — as in, calling someone into a conversation or a learning experience.
OK…one more: this video by Jay Smooth on how to talk about race (touches on multidimensionality, on how important it is to remember that we are good people AND we have unconscious biases/prejudices so we can continue grappling with race issues).
KQED is kicking off a series on how we talk about race. Share your own stories with ‘So Well Spoken.’
“Studies show that white people do, in fact, have a higher threshold for admitting that something constitutes racism, along with an inferior ability to identify structural racism. A recent study also found that being in a position of power makes people more likely to recognize that they are being treated unfairly. If the powerful or privileged recognize relatively more unfairness in their own lives, they’re likely to see relatively less unfairness in the lives of minorities.”
Read the entire article here: The Troubling Gap Between Awareness of Prejudice and Support for Action – Pacific Standard
tk: This is a thought-provoking article to consider re: our dominant group identities. Personally, it also helped me understand more about some people’s opinions on rioting and the criticism Black Lives Matter activists have recently received for taking direct action.