|Blogging about racism
||[Aug. 11th, 2007|10:30 pm]
I've been wanting to say something about racism during blogging against racism week, but I realized that the only thing I have to say is this.|
I'm white. I'm male. Most of the discrimination I face will either be a result of my medical issues (which I mostly have controlled) or from things that are within my direct control.
I have that thing that is called "privilege", that so many people refuse to credit.
But the fact of the matter is, I will never experience the racism that a black or Hispanic person can face daily. I'll never see it... not unless I look for it, unless I look carefully.
Any time any person has to look for something to see it, you can count on that person missing it. And if it's something unpleasant, you can count on a lot of folks choosing to ignore it, even if they see some signs of it.
Racism is still alive; it's still here, it's still malignant. But yeah, it's something that can be ignored if you're not its victim. You can't just smugly claim to be "colorblind" and pretend that everything's right with the world.
You need to look around... you need to listen. You need to be willing to believe what people tell you, and at least give it some deep thinking.
Because justice - fair treatment for all - never just happens. It's never an accident. If you aren't willing to work for it, you're helping to guarantee it's not going to happen.