Race: Color-Blind Racism
This board explores the emergence of what sociologist Eduardo Bonilla-Silva calls color-blind racism, which can be understood as the ideologies, practices, and…
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"Color-blindness" & "Meritocracy" Color-blindness and meritocratic rhetoric serve two primary functions: 1. They allow white people to feel consciously irresponsible for the hardships people of color face and encounter daily 2. They also maintain white people's power & strongholds within society. "Color-blindness: legitimizes racism's need for an 'other' in order to flourish and maintain its influence within the fabric of society...
First, if it had been up to white people he WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN. Most whites were more comfortable w/ Palin possibly becoming president than Obama... ...which frankly tells you all you need to know about white Americans: we have an easier time seeing excellence and ability in a thoroughly mediocre, barely-educated white person, then a high achieving, highly-educated Black person. There's a word for that... ~ @timjacobwise
White Lies - "I don't even see race." 1. "I was only being funny! I mean, 'ironic.'" 2. "I have a black wife!" "I adopted Asian kids!" "So nothing we say could possibly be racist!" 3. "As a strong Black woman, I think we Blacks talk too much about racism." [I white man is shown in the frame typing at his computer.] 4. "Only monsters are racist! So criticizing me for racism is calling me a monster! How dare you call me a monster! So uncivil!" 5. "You know who's really discriminated against?
"In my colleagues view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination. This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination." ~ Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
"In the US, whites inherit the most, live the longest, have the lowest infant mortality rates, are the least likely to be incarcerated, and the list of privileges go on and on. The U.S. is a white supremacist state. It systematically privileges whites at the expense of all other racial groups. Naming whites as the recipients of this unearned privilege is not a..." [click on this image to find a short clip and analysis on the power of white privilege]