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Reply #67: I never said racism didn't fuel the abuse. [View All]

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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-28-09 02:08 PM
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67. I never said racism didn't fuel the abuse.
And I NEVER said Crowley's actions were excusable. I'm amazed that so many here read my OP as saying that, because I do believe he is responsible for his actions which were reprehensible no matter what motivated them.

White privilege is racism so deeply ingrained in American (Western/European) culture that white people are often completely unaware of how it informs their actions when interacting with other races. So yes, I do believe there are degrees of racism. The black cop who profiles other blacks driving down the highway is not operating from overt racism, but out of law enforcement training that was developed from a white worldview that assumes blacks with cars are suspicious. That's a big difference from the overt racism that drives idiots to don white sheets and burn crosses.

I think in order for race relations to move forward in a meaningful way in this country, we have to acknowledge both conscious and unconscious racism exists. To lump all racism together gives the unconscious white racists a free pass to not examine how white privilege works through themselves and their communities. Because they can say, "Hey, my best friend is black!" Which may be true, but does that white person still cross the street when and unknown black man walks toward them on the sidewalk, without even thinking twice about why they're crossing the street? In many cases, yes.

Unconscious racism = white privilege. That's really all my OP was about.
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