black and latina women earning 61 and 52 cents respectively on the white man’s dollar are pretty devastating numbers but the only number you’re gonna be hearing about is the 72 cents
Omar Sankofa (via sonofbaldwin)
I don’t think any person, race, religion, sex, or culture likes to be stereotyped. I hate being called “the white girl” just as much as I hate being called the “girl with big boobs” because that’s not my name. Each person should be able to and have the right to be an individual and not be grouped in or stereotyped. Unfortunately, there are people OF ALL COLOR that still see color, and this post kind of proves that to me, in my opinion.
Only a white person can say such a thing. I AM black. I don’t mind being seen as black. What I mind is all the WRONG assumptions that come along with my being seen as black. So, RESPECT my color; don’t use it as a reason to oppress me. And don’t try to erase me: Colorblindness is a serious problem:
Colorblind Ideology is a Form of Racism
What is racial colorblindness?
Racial issues are often uncomfortable to discuss and rife with stress and controversy. Many ideas have been advanced to address this sore spot in the American psyche. Currently, the most pervasive approach is known as colorblindness. Colorblindness is the racial ideology that posits the best way to end discrimination is by treating individuals as equally as possible, without regard to race, culture, or ethnicity.
At its face value, colorblindness seems like a good thing — really taking MLK seriously on his call to judge people on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. It focuses on commonalities between people, such as their shared humanity. However, colorblindness alone is not sufficient to heal racial wounds on a national or personal level. It is only a half-measure that in the end operates as a form of racism.
Problems with the colorblind approach
Racism? Strong words, yes, but let’s look the issue straight in its partially unseeing eye. In a colorblind society, White people, who are unlikely to experience disadvantages due to race, can effectively ignore racism in American life, justify the current social order, and feel more comfortable with their relatively privileged standing in society (Fryberg, 2010). Most minorities, however, who regularly encounter difficulties due to race, experience colorblind ideologies quite differently. Colorblindness creates a society that denies their negative racial experiences, rejects their cultural heritage, and invalidates their unique perspectives.
Let’s break it down into simple terms: Color-Blind = “People of color — we don’t see you (at least not that bad ‘colored’ part).” As a person of color, I like who I am, and I don’t want any aspect of that to be unseen or invisible. The need for colorblindness implies there is something shameful about the way God made me and the culture I was born into that we shouldn’t talk about. Thus, colorblindness has helped make race into a taboo topic that polite people cannot openly discuss. And if you can’t talk about it, you can’t understand it, much less fix the racial problems that plague our society.
Colorblindness is not the answer
Many Americans view colorblindness as helpful to people of color by asserting that race does not matter (Tarca, 2005). But in America, most underrepresented minorities will explain that race does matter, as it affects opportunities, perceptions, income, and so much more. When race-related problems arise, colorblindness tends to individualize conflicts and shortcomings, rather than examining the larger picture with cultural differences, stereotypes, and values placed into context. Instead of resulting from an enlightened (albeit well-meaning) position, colorblindness comes from a lack of awareness of racial privilege conferred by Whiteness(Tarca, 2005). White people can guiltlessly subscribe to colorblindness because they are usually unaware of how race affects people of color and American society as a whole.
Colorblindness in a psychotherapeutic relationship
How might colorblindness cause harm? Here’s an example close to home for those of you who are psychologically-minded. In the not-so-distant past, in psychotherapy a client’s racial and ethnic remarks were viewed as a defensive shift away from important issues, and the therapist tended to interpret this as resistance (Comas-Diaz & Jacobsen, 1991). However, such an approach hinders the exploration of conflicts related to race, ethnicity, and culture. The therapist doesn’t see the whole picture, and the client is left frustrated.
A colorblind approach effectively does the same thing. Blind means not being able to see things. I don’t want to be blind. I want to see things clearly, even if they make me uncomfortable. As a therapist I need to be able to hear and “see” everything my client is communicating on many different levels. I can’t afford to be blind to anything. Would you want to see a surgeon who operated blindfolded? Of course not. Likewise, a therapist should not be blinded either, especially to something as critical as a person’s culture or racial identity. By encouraging the exploration of racial and cultural concepts, the therapist can provide a more authentic opportunity to understand and resolve the client’s problems (Comas-Diaz & Jacobsen, 1991).
Nonetheless, I have encountered many fellow therapists who ascribe to a colorblind philosophy. They ignore race or pretend its personal, social, and historical effects don’t exist. This approach ignores the incredibly salient experience of being stigmatized by society and represents an empathetic failure on the part of the therapist. Colorblindness does not foster equality or respect; it merely relieves the therapist of his or her obligation to address important racial differences and difficulties.
Multiculturalism is better than blindness
Research has shown that hearing colorblind messages predict negative outcomes among Whites, such as greater racial bias and negative affect; likewise colorblind messages cause stress in ethnic minorities, resulting in decreased cognitive performance (Holoien et al., 2011). Given how much is at stake, we can no longer afford to be blind. It’s time for change and growth. It’s time to see.
The alternative to colorblindness is multiculturalism, an ideology that acknowledges, highlights, and celebrates ethnoracial differences. It recognizes that each tradition has something valuable to offer. It is not afraid to see how others have suffered as a result of racial conflict or differences.
So, how do we become multicultural? The following suggestions would make a good start (McCabe, 2011):
- Recognizing and valuing differences,
- Teaching and learning about differences, and
- Fostering personal friendships and organizational alliances
Moving from colorblindness to multiculturalism is a process of change, and change is never easy, but we can’t afford to stay the same.
Comas-Diaz, L., and Jacobsen, F. M. (1991). Clinical Ethnocultural Transference and Countertransference in the Therapeutic Dyad. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 61(3), 392-402.
Fryberg, S. M. (2010). When the World Is Colorblind, American Indians Are Invisible: A Diversity Science Approach. Psychological Inquiry, 21(2), 115-119.
Holoien, D. S., and Shelton, J. N. (October 2011). You deplete me: The cognitive costs of colorblindness on ethnic minorities. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 10.1016/j.jesp.2011.09.010.
McCabe, J. (2011). Doing Multiculturalism: An Interactionist Analysis of the Practices of a Multicultural Sorority. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 40 (5), 521-549.
Tarca, K. (2005). Colorblind in Control: The Risks of Resisting Difference Amid Demographic Change. Educational Studies, 38(2), 99-120.
CC: Look at how racist and inaccurate this photo it. Just look. It’s absolutely mesmerizing, how completely disgusting it is.
Now let’s get to work.
1. The little Black girl on the left would most likely choose a white doll. This study was actually carried out already and proved the self-hatred and sense of inferiority young Black children internalize because of the barrage of supremacist images/messages given to them on a regular basis. We live in a culture where “white” is the standard of beauty, the norm, the ultimately acceptable. “Black” is presented as the racial opposite of white and is therefore the opposite of everything white is: the opposite of “beauty”, “intelligence”, “success”, “health”, “goodness”, “purity”, etc. The likelihood that a Black child, already exposed to so much subliminal anti-Blackness, would choose a Black doll is unfortunately small.
2. I can see that this cartoon is meant to be a metaphor for “white pride” and “Black pride”. It was disgustingly carried out and the artist should be extremely ashamed. White and Black are NOT equivalent to one another. They are not on the same platform and are not easily interchanged in the manner displayed here. There is a systematic oppression continuously being perpetrated against Black people by white people. “White pride” is not something that should be expressed or celebrated because WHITENESS has committed extreme atrocities on a global scale and CONTINUES to do so. “White pride” is a phrase that glorifies the subjugation, rape, displacement, genocide/murder, demonization and oppression of people of color. It celebrates the wicked “triumph” over people of color by white people. It should not be something that any white person would want to commemorate.
Furthermore, as a result of slavery and global displacement, many Black people cannot trace their roots back to which African country they’ve come from (without paying large sums of money). White people have purposefully destroyed important records that would’ve allowed Black people to identify their origins and celebrate their ethnicity so “Black” has more meaning than “white”. It serves to fill a gap which many displaced Black people have had to deal with, whereas a white person could most likely trace their heritage back to a specific country and culture.
No one is saying that it’s wrong to have Irish pride or Russian pride or Swiss pride. But “white pride” is racism in and of itself.
3. LOOK AT THE WAY THE BLACK GIRL IS DRAWN, AS WELL AS THE WAY THE BLACK DOLLS ARE DRAWN.
IF YOU DON’T SEE HOW EXTREMELY PROBLEMATIC THAT IS, GOD HELP YOUR SORRY ASS.
The Black girl and the Black dolls are drawn as disgusting caricatures and stereotypes of Black people. It is very reminiscent of the racist caricatures presented in cartoons and media mere decades ago.
This is completely unacceptable.
This entire cartoon is completely unacceptable.
this… i… -___-
— Jesse Curtis (via azspot)
I’m just gonna let that last line sink in: “There is a significant segment of white opinion that continues to find efforts to combat racism more objectionable than the racism itself.” (via ethiopienne)
The precise economic principle most grossly violated by these women was, according to many, that they were getting something (ADC) for nothing (another black baby). Entering into this scam made single black mothers into chiselers, determined to cheat the public with a bad sell. The fact that it was, overwhelmingly, a buyer’s market for black babies “proved the valuelessness of these children, despite their expense to the taxpaying public. White babies, of course, entered a healthy seller’s market, with up to ten couples competing for everyone one adoptable infant.
Spokespeople for this point of view believed that black unmarried mothers should pay dearly for the bad bargain they foisted on society, especially on white taxpayers. Governor Orville Faubus complained in 1959 that ,” By taxing the good people to pay for [ADC], we are putting a premium on illegitimacy never before known to the world.” Many felt that rather than paying for their sins, black women were being paid, by the ADC grants, an exchange that could encourage further sexual and fiscal irresponsibility."
Rickie Solinger, Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe v. Wade (emphasis mine)
HOLY SHIT. I have never seen this broken down so simply and concisely before. I can’t believe I never saw it.
This is it!
This is why this argument about “babies for welfare checks” is still around, why it has such weight with so many white people, and why the fact that welfare benefits don’t increase NEARLY enough to cover the additional expenses of an additional child doesn’t sway their conviction that Black women on welfare are just “popping out more babies for more money.”
It doesn’t matter HOW MUCH money it is. It doesn’t matter that more white people are on public assistance. It doesn’t matter that having babies for a welfare check defies logic on every possible level. It doesn’t matter how many times you show them the math!
What matters is that Black women who have babies while on public assistance want SOMETHING (“our tax dollars”) for NOTHING (Black babies).
What matters is that Black babies are seen as worthless, because Black life is seen as worthless. And the white outrage is that not only are Black women going around giving birth to Black babies — which is bad enough — but now they want paid (ANY AMOUNT) for this garbage (BLACK LIVES), too?
I fucking get it now. HOLY SHIT WHITE SUPREMACY.
The fact is that transgender people—in particular, transgender people of color—have simply not experienced the same strides forward as their lesbian, gay and bisexual brothers and sisters. A landmark new report, ‘Injustice at Every Turn,’ presents undeniable proof. This report, released on Friday, is based on a comprehensive survey of over 6,000 transgender people and the findings are too shocking to ignore, especially when it comes to African-American transgender people.
Our transgender brothers and sisters are far more likely to lack proper medical care, to be unemployed, to live in extreme poverty, and to be HIV-positive—and that’s when compared to their white transgender counterparts, not just the general population. The survey’s respondents were four times more likely than the general population to live in extreme poverty. One in five reported having been refused a home or apartment, another one in five report having been refused health care. More than one in five, 22 percent, reported having been harassed by law enforcement, and nearly half reported fear of seeking assistance from police. African American respondents reported all of this in even higher numbers."
Mandy Carter, Still No Freedom Rainbow for Transgender People of Color (COLORLINES)
If you haven’t already, I recommend taking a look at that report. The race statistics are sobering, and too important to ignore.
On a completely different note, I’m in a good mood. I drank tonight without smoking, I’m acquiring a taste for wine, and goodnight kiss.
Wait, what?!?!!?!?!? WHERE!?!?!?!??!?!?!
HE DID WHAT!!!!????
let me at this fucker
where is the timing for this? i ain’t trying to listen to this whole speech
34:32, thereabouts. “we know what candidate barack obama was like, the anti-war, government nig..ughblhagehlhethe”
whoa he really full on went there. wtf is he going claim he was trying to say? He’s fucking SUNK.
Wow. He totally says it. I mean, he tries to back off it at the last second, but it’s right there. He doesn’t even try to replace it with another word. If you take that word out, he just left that sentence hanging with no finish. The anti-war, government what? He already said it, can’t think of a cover, and so just moves onto the next sentence.
CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. USES THAT WORD. REPBUBLICANS, THIS IS YOUR PARTY.
And, fucking shit, this is my country that thinks it’s okay to put him that close to the White House. How depressing is that?
Had a conversation with kid #1 (12 years old), about how to handle himself if he’s been stopped by the cops, or someone like Zimmerman. Somewhere in the middle of explaining how to protect his head & neck if a cop decided to kick his ass (happened to my husband when he was 13), and how to respond if a cop calls him a nigger (happened to me at 12) I had this sudden ridiculous urge to start screaming. I didn’t.
I kept talking to him, and he mentioned racist kids at his school & how there’s one teacher who lets them get away with it, but who threatens to write him up if he says anything back. And I asked him if he wanted us to get involved & he said no because he’d already handled it. How did he handle it? He told the teacher to go ahead & write him up and then they could all talk to the principal about the things she lets kids say to him. She left him alone after that so he doesn’t want me to come wreck shit.
Which…says a lot about my kid & about our family I guess, but the reality is that it’s good that he’s learning to defend himself against the system. And shit like that is why we stay in cities & don’t live in suburbs. My parents moved me to burbs in high school, and it was a lot more than one teacher turning a blind eye to racism. I don’t have any answers for other parents of young black males. None. I’m muddling through & hoping that this can all be life lessons he never needs to use.
But, his 19 year old cousin is planning to come over & talk to him about dealing with the cops because he’s been there and done that. And I just…we’re passing down through the generations life lessons on how to handle/avoid police brutality because it’s just that necessary. And people want to claim that America is post racial, or racism isn’t widespread. How many individual acts does it take to make up a system? How many beatings, rapes, & deaths will it take for that system to be acknowledged by everyone?
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