Posts tagged racism: usa

Defining Cultural Appropriation

An article discussing cultural appropriation in the U.S.

First of all, I’m not gonna deal with global cultural appropriation, but rather focus on American appropriation of cultures brought into the US either by immigrants or by Americans who went abroad and brought stuff back.

White Privilege Diary Series #1 - White Feminist Privilege in Organizations

An interesting discussion about how white privilege operates within feminism.

Over the last thirty years I’ve worked with a variety of white-dominated feminist organizations that have expressed a wish to “diversify.”  While feminist organizations differ in structure and intent, the reasons these various organizations gave for bringing me in as a consultant or to hold workshops were strikingly similar.  ”Why,” they wanted to know, “can’t we attract women of color to our organization?  And when they do show up, why don’t they stay?” Sometimes I worked alone, but often I worked with an African American feminist partner.  We found, over time, a depressing similarity of pattern as, one after another, the organizations we counseled decided that our suggestions would be “too difficult” to implement. This diary describes my experiences in the world of white feminist organizations and NGOs, and offers an analysis of the key problems of white privilege and the investment of many white feminist institutions in racist practices.

When Prejudice Is So Malleable

A discussion about how racial privileges intersect.

The finding that white Americans see blacks’ progress as an insult or a diminishment of their status is not entirely surprising. Zero-sum formulations of prejudice tend to emerge in lean economic times, fueling cultural or historical rivalries of all sorts.

Caucasian is a Dirty Word

History of the word “Caucasian” and why it is problematic.

10 Conversations On Racism I'm Sick of Having With White People

Discussion about responses to racism.

The following are 10 conversations that I would be happy never to have with white peepul ever, ever, ever again. While there are countless others, these are at least 10 that I’m forced to endure far too often.

‪20/20 ABC News: Children & The Psychology of White Supremacy‬. Questioning three groups of children about images.

John Stossel, reporting for ABC News’ 20/20, shows pictures of white and non-white men [of colour] to 3 groups of day camp children and asks “Who do you like better ?”. The majority of the children respond in a similar manner.
Broadcast Date: September 15, 2006

Excellent advice from Jay Smooth on how to call out racism.

AC360 redoes a test similar to the doll test. This is part 1 of 8.

The discussion of race is never a black and white issue, and recent “AC360°” and reports about young children’s attitudes on race became one of the most discussed stories on the site, eliciting more than 4,500 comments. In the study, white children had an overwhelming bias toward white, and black children also had a bias toward white, but it was not nearly as strong as the bias shown by the white children. Many users of the site thought parenting was the issue behind the results, some thought the kids were too naive and others thought the testing method was flawed.

A video about American history. [TW: Mentions of war, photograph of Abu Graib, etc.]

Empire or Humanity?
What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me about the American Empire
by Howard Zinn
Narrated by Viggo Mortensen
Art by Mike Konopacki
Video editing by Eric Wold

ABC’s What Would You Do? is an American television show that sets up experiments to see how people react on hidden camera. This experiment is with a young white male and a young black male stealing a bike. There is further footage when they replace the actor with a young white female.