Jul. 13th, 2015

Racism...

Jul. 13th, 2015 11:54 am
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-metta/i-racist_b_7770652.html

I knew what this was about before I started reading, I wasn't surprised at all by the subject matter or intensity.

However, I was surprised at how much I'm part of the problem. I'm white, middle class, male, blah blah blah... I started at the front of the line, I'm playing level 0, and know it. Knowing it doesn't make me fully aware. This part especially:

    There's a headline from The Independent that sums this up quite nicely: "Charleston shooting: Black and Muslim killers are 'terrorists' and 'thugs'. Why are white shooters called 'mentally ill'?"

    I'm gonna read that again: "Black and Muslim killers are 'terrorists' and 'thugs'. Why are white shooters called 'mentally ill'?"

    Did you catch that? It's beautifully subtle. This is an article talking specifically about the different way we treat people of color in this nation and even in this article's headline, the white people are "shooters" and the Black and Muslim people are "killers."

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