Racism without Racists: Colour-Blind Racism

I did a search and found Racism without Racists.

In practice, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva sees race colour blindness different.

Race Blind_2nd definition

 

He believes that race colour blindness is another form of racism:

Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America

Here’s his analysis:

Four frames of colour-blind ideology to examine current racial issues in the US:

1) abstract liberalism
2) naturalization of personal preferences
3) cultural racism
4) minimization

Abstract liberalism

Abstract Liberalism

The ethnic majority (before 2043: White people) see every racial group gaining equal access to education, housing, and employment.

Racism is now an individual act of interpersonal racism.

The largest ethnic group uses abstract liberalism to emphasize the concept of how people of colour should work hard to reach their goal without special support, such as Affirmative Action programs.

Naturalization of personal preferences

Naturalization of preferences

The largest ethnic demographic tends to justify racial inequalities as if they were natural occurrences. Or the largest demographic¬†claims that “preferences” — like choosing to not go to an All White School, but instead attending a school that has peers who are ethnically like you — are natural, and result from a normal social process.

Cultural racism

Cultural racism.jpg

The dominant ethnic group often denounces Indigenous people, or Black Americans, for failure because they did not make the right choice to adapt to the culture of the dominant demographic.

Minimization

Minimization

The dominant demographic (White people) perceive that racism is no longer pervasive after the struggles of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. So today, ethnic minorities are considered ‚Äúhypersensitive‚ÄĚ and ‚Äútoo race conscious.‚ÄĚ

Race Blind & White Privilege: White Privilege today is no longer a privilege

Here’s the rub:

A few or many White people (those who identity as non-Hispanic White), have been raised by their Baby Boomer parents to be race blind.

Race Blind

Race Blind is supposed to work just fine in theory.

It was promised to re-educate White people to first look at a person as a human being and to¬†avoid¬†first looking at a person’s race, which was to¬†avoid¬†evaluating them by their ethnicity.

Race Blind_3rd definition

I was taught to be race blind by my Baby Boomer parents.

Here’s why:

Social psychological research done in the 1980s and early 1990s generally supported
the view that drawing attention to race in any way would automatically result in
stereotyping and that such stereotyping would invariably lead to prejudice and discrimination.
Many social psychologists therefore concluded that it would be best to
divert attention away from race and toward individual characteristics or higher-level
categories such as humanity. (The Dangers of Not Speaking About Race, KIRWAN INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY | THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY)

Of course, my parents meant well, and I can’t be cruel with ridiculous high expectations that they should have¬†not taught me to be race blind.

They were doing what academics, education professionals were highly recommending during the 1980s.

Seriously, the lesson here is to be skeptical, and also be cautious of any professional who highly recommends that their research is a best practice.

Anyway, another example of education¬†professionals being wrong¬†would be found within the¬†public schools — during the 1980s & 90s in Canada & the U.S. — where the principals and teachers highly recommended Ritalin.

Example:

‚Äú Parents should be aware that these medicines do not ‚Äėdrug‚Äô or ‚Äėalter‚Äô the brain of the child. They make the child ‚Äėnormal.‚Äô¬†‚ÄĚ (The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder, New York Times)

The principal or teacher read the above from the Novartis pharmaceutical company brochure directly to any parent. At the time, during the 1990s, Novartis was known as Ciba-Geigy.

Education professionals highly recommended during the 80s & 90s that kids who couldn’t sit for more than 2 minutes, or who were Autistic, fidgety, or who had high energy had to take Ritalin because Ritalin was the solution to the problems those kids had.

Yeah right. Those academics with their education credentials really knew what they were talking about. They didn’t.

In the 2000s and 2010s, the adults who were the kids that were prescribed Ritalin just to be allowed to still attend a public school have sued by class action law suits. And good for them for doing that.

Thankfully, my own parents didn’t believe that my brother should have taken Ritalin.

The teachers at the Canmore Lawrence Grassi & Elizabeth Rummel elementary schools pushed Ritalin during the 1980s and 1990s.

My parents were debated with during Parent/Teacher meetings to give Ritalin to my brother.

My parents repeatedly said: “No. How Ritalin actually works is not known. It’s also an anti-psychotic. We won’t give our son a drug that’s not fully understood.” And good for them for saying “No“.

Anyway, Race colour blindness was supposed to work in reality and Ritalin was believed to be a “best practice” to manage kids who were fidgety. But neither was the best solution to the social problems they were addressing

So what to do right now in 2017 and in the future?

So what to do

I’m cautious of anyone believing that the change they’re doing is the “best practice,” the best “evidence-based” practice, and is the one solution that fixes everything.

There is no such school of thought, social psychological approach, social engineering, or re-education that is the best practice.

So what to do?

A strategy done in 2017 would be thought as the best change to do.

But in 2037, people would perceive the problems that were unintentionally created while this strategy addressed the original problems of 2017.

Well, I would say to any White person (who self identifies as White), to not denigrate their own race while trying to disavow themselves of their White privilege.

Do not denigrate your race

I get really disturbed when I see Millennial White students at universities and colleges who swarm, as a mob, a White male teacher to shout at him that he’s a racist according to what these Millennials have as their beliefs about¬†White privilege.

Bret Weinstein was swarmed by a mob of social justice warrior students, and was literally cornered on Evergreen State College campus and yelled at with bully tactics.

Shout Down

Anyway, when you (as a White person) are dropping your White privilege, can you also ask what White privilege does a White, male, child have right now?

The White male child, in 2017 (and in the future)¬†doesn’t have a privilege over White female children, Asian male children, Asian female children, Indian Asian male & female children, Black American male & female children, Native or Indigenous male & female children, and the list goes on.

I have a son: He’s visibly White, he’s a biological male & his gender is visibly seen as male.

My son is three right now, and I know he doesn’t have¬†White privilege.

I can’t be debated and bullshitted that he has¬†White privilege.

He doesn’t have White privilege in 2017, and he¬†won’t have¬†White privilege in 2027, 2037, etc.

So White privilege is rapidly declining.

White privilege first declined for White male children.

The thing to do is:

If you identify as a non-Hispanic White person, then try to ask the really hard questions of how a non-Hispanic White person should feel self-respect, or be successful, as a person of an ethnic minority¬†when it’s visibly apparent that the White community is an ethnic minority.

What White people can ask when they-re an ethnic minority

White Identity: Defining that identity as the identity of an ethnic minority

People of colour have perceived visibly White people (who self identify as White) as unaware of what it means to be White, of what being White has promised in terms of status, access to opportunities, and jobs that are sustaining and secure.

The perception by people of colour of White people being unaware of their White Privilege is damning. People of colour are usually the people who identify as Black American, Chinese American, Indian Asian American, etc.

White Privilege because of ethnic majority

People who are Asian, who are First Nations, or Black American can see White people as being unaware because they (as people of colour) have had to be daily aware of their own ethnicity and what status, opportunities, jobs that are secure, could actually be available to them where they live.

But White people have to become aware today and tomorrow.

The people who identify as White are becoming an ethnic minority in the United States. Same holds true for Canada.

Any person who identifies their race as White has to now define the meaning of their identity across North America in terms of a minority.

So here’s the challenge:

Can the communal identity of the White demographic — the personal values, the culture, and all the stuff that makes ‘visible’ your ethnicity to other races of people — be adapted and still function when it’s a minority identity?

That’s the rub.

The question must be answered on how to be a successful ethnic minority in the country that you live in.

White people are going to have to pay attention to the stories of immigrant success and of a minority’s resilience.

The strategies presented in these stories have to be learned from.

What did the Black American woman do to actually get access to decent education (elementary, high school, post secondary) for her son?

How did this mom get access to the school that was the right institution that would set up her son for success?

How did the son avoid becoming despaired because other guys of his race have repeatedly met the wrong people, had met the bias of the current social climate found within institutions, which barred them enrollment, promotion and accolades by news & social media?

I need these questions answered.

Slavery in the U.S., to systemic racism …to what else?

Earlier I wondered where institutional or systemic racism first began in human civilization.


Slavery in the United States was the culprit that germinated systemic racism within it.

However, the United States, is currently the only country on known record where systemic racism directly resulted from institutional slavery.

I say, “on record,” because this modern history is what is currently known while ancient records are few and there are some records that can still be found by archeology.

Anyway, the institutional or systemic slavery that was done in the United States was like ancient slavery, but differed because the slaves’ ethnicity was visually different from the people who traded and bought them.

Differences:

  • Slave (1st generation forced to migrate): Black African, many different tribes & each tribe or related tribes spoke their own language
  • Slave owner (in the United States): European, White, British, spoke English

The stark visual difference was Black and White.

Black Skin colour, hair, shape of nose versus White Skin colour, hair, shape of nose.

That’s sad really.

The European ancestors who settled the British thirteen colonies that became the United States shouldn’t have bought and used slaves to work without their freedom.

These White people of early modern history shouldn’t have done this tragedy.

But they did, and the people of today (their descendants & the descendants of African Americans) experience the fallout.

Systemic racism against Black Americans has been a painful process, since the 1960s, of dropping segregation and dropping inequal access to services and resources.

But I don’t know if race relations in the United States can evolve.

I don’t know if Black & White Americans can move on.

Can Black Americans move on from rehashing past events of slavery and segregation that their ancestors lived and then changed by their resistance?

Could Black Americans live today (2017) and tomorrow without revisiting, again and again, the feelings and the fights that their predecessors did? These predecessors are passed on.

Or I’m asking¬†is more time needed?

Or can the few or many Black Americans no longer rehash the slavery and segregation that was done and not live their life according to that history?

Can they try to move past perceiving White people as a monolith and as a bad monolith?

I’m talking about living Malcom X’s feelings and life again & again.

Is it possible to not rehash and live past resentments, grievances, anger, and historical altercations?

How can you live a life that is your own and not a reanimated life of someone else?

Is honouring history really “ancestor worship” that you have to do again and again, and again do the fights of the past?

Do you have to live a past life to fix the problems you live today and tomorrow?

Some people do. I get that.

However, I feel worried when a whole community hasn’t moved on from viewing the descendants of their oppressors as a monolith, and still as a problem to them.

I personally am not racist. I also can’t be guilty for what someone of my race did before I was born. I can only be responsible for what I do and don’t do.

I also can’t hate and be ashamed of my race because I would become self-loathing and ashamed.

I can’t take in and internalize the resentment & anger felt by many or a few African Americans because if I did, I would feel I’m guilty.

I would feel I’m at fault, born wrong, and can’t do one thing right, because I would feel those feelings as my own.