Posted on July 7, by Scott Alexander [Content note: I get words all day through. First from him, now from you.
Your email address will not be displayed publicly. Some people got that, but a number of them did not. I appreciated the editing that juxtaposed ideas; it made me more thoughtful.
I'll show this to my intro to Am. Studies class this fall to initiate conversations we have about these concepts. The one thing missing here, as a representative set of perspectives, are more conservative views. I don't miss them, but I can see that it might limit the project.
I sometimes feel that race is the first thing people look to when something is wrong. However, I can't ignore the data. I think there has to be something along with not instead of systemic racism that allows it to continue I work with an organization that was accused of systemic racism a year ago.
It was a hard thing to hear, but that fact is that it was true: We didn't mean to, like one of the people said in the video, we weren't a bunch of evil people trying to exclude people of colour. We just did things the way we had always done them, and the result was exclusion.
It's so easy to ignore it when you're not the one being excluded. I think there was a missed opportunity to provide explicit definitions of the terms institutional racism, systemic racism, and individual racism.
I recently completed a Leadership Tomorrow workshop in which these terms were defined. We then were able to discuss differing perspectives of those definitions. Without explicit definitions, these comments imply that the concepts are debatable.
It's important to inform Seattlites the history of white supremacy, not just provide more opinions. Individually there can be and is for some, racism. That is a bigoted statement that says ALL people of a certain skin shade are by virtue of their dna, racist.
That's just flat-out dishonest and weirdly hypocritical. What has changed in our culture is the ability or will to actually overcome true issues that involve grace and nercy.
Instead, envy and vengeance rules hearts and minds.
People keep drawing attention to their race, but we aren't supposed to do that. We all want to be equal, but we keep labeling others. There isn't enough space here for me to truly elaborate.
It is very true what they said because many people get stopped just because of their color and everyone should be equal and that's how are country was built and yet our society has become full of people that judge others based on their color.
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