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(By Debra Leigh, Organizer, Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative)

Below is a list of 28 common racist attitudes and behaviors that indicate a detour or wrong turn into white guilt, denial or defensiveness. Each is followed by a statement that is a reality check and consequence for harboring such attitudes.

1. I’m Colorblind.

“People are just people; I don’t see color; we’re all just human.” Or “I don’t think of you as Chinese.” Or “We all bleed red when we’re cut.” Or “Character, not color, is what counts with me.”


Statements like these assume that people of color are just like you, white; that they have the same dreams, standards, problems, and peeves that you do. “Colorblindness” negates the cultural values, norms, expectations and life experiences of people of color. Even if an individual white person could ignore a person’s color, society does not. By saying we are not different, that you don’t see the color, you are also saying you don’t see your whiteness. This denies the people of colors’ experience of racism and your experience of privilege.

“I’m colorblind” can also be a defense when afraid to discuss racism, especially if one assumes all conversation about race or color is racist. Speaking of another person’s color or culture is not necessarily racist or offensive. As my friend Rudy says, I don’t mind that you notice that I’m black.” Color consciousness does not equal racism.

The rest: http://odinsblog.tumblr.com/tagged/28%20common%20racist%20attitudes

The AP desperately needs to get its shit together and start existing in the 21st Century…

It's not the 1950's anymore.


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When GMC changed the name of their SUV from The McKinley to The Denali, GOPers didn't complain

Probably because they couldn't blame Obama for it.

Wait... It was never called the "McKinley?" It was always called "Denali," just like the mountain?

Jeez! GOPer will whine about anything.

Fuck 'em, they'll have to live with it.

Three on a match...

Dr. Oliver Sacks, Dr. Wayne Dyer and Director Wes Craven… Rest in power.

Time to make the salad…

A couple of years ago, I was personally responsible for starting a lot of OPs on Zimmerman

And in many of those threads some posters felt inspired to come to his defense against my characterizing of him as a lying, murdering sociopath who escaped justice, after he stalked, assaulted and murdered an innocent child.

Of course, I accounted for Zimmerman's acquittal, not because he was "innocent", but because we all happen to live in a country in which it's almost impossible for a young, black person to receive any sort of justice, due to our dependence on systemic white supremacy, the inadequacies laden in our system of so-called justice and our blood-thirstily fetishistic national gun culture. That couldn't be even more obvious at this stage in the game.

But, I just have to say that in many of those threads, a great many of the posters who came to Zimmerman's defense had actually turned out to be racist trolls and were subsequently banned. I'm patting myself on the back for helping to out those motherfuckers, of course. BUT, we should have been clued in by people who seemed bound and determined to defend that murdering scumbag, while pissing on the corpse of a black child who was obviously defending himself from Zimmerman's unprovoked attack. Think of it as a litmus test.

However, I'd like to point out, for the record, that I believe that the general consensus on DU today, with members of good faith, is that Zimmerman is now and has always been a lying, murdering sociopath who escaped justice, after he stalked, assaulted and murdered an innocent child. We all agree with that assessment, right? Right.

Many of his defenders are sleeping with the virtual fishes. To them I say, "Fuck you and stay banned."

Zimmerman deserves to be rotting in prison now… I'm no less sure of this today than I was two years ago.

The REAL definition of White Supremacy (w/ SELF TEST)

Time once again for the Wednesday Get Down!


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