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Quotables — Whitlock on race

Posted by and1grad on July 12, 2010

An EXCELLENT and entirely TOO real quote on how we discuss race, from Whitlock’s article on Jesse Jackson’s comments re: Gilbert/Lebron
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“Jackson and other African-Americans need to follow LeBron’s lead. We look foolish. We look hypocritical. We come across like people who have little genuine interest in seeing racial prejudice disappear and more like people who just want it to swing in our favor.” — Jason Whitlock

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Are you racially conscious…

Posted by and1grad on July 17, 2009

…or are you just frontin’ like you are but really can only speak with objectivity (if that) on your own race? I’m so tired of people claiming to be “racially conscious.” More often than not, they’re lying to themselves and to their audience. Here’s a question that can and should serve as a barometer:  Can you really consider yourself racially conscious if you think every other race has it easier than yours?

If all you can do is speak on how society has affected YOUR race and why other races have it so much easier than yours, you are not racially conscious. You are racially biased. There’s a difference and those that actually DO put in the effort of being objective will know it almost immediately. Intellectual dishonesty really tapdances on my last nerve. ESPECIALLY when its performed by the educated or at least seemingly intelligent.

Let me AXE you something. Do you think a white person cant possibly grasp the nuances of prejudice? Do you really think that white people cant understand racism? Do you recognize that white people, more than any other race, has to walk on eggshells regarding almost anything they say? Does that escape you? If you cant, or refuse to, speak to the issue of race as it pertains to more than YOUR OWN race, you arent racially conscious. Sorry if it bursts some of your bubbles. Thats just reality.

Also, if you think you’re speaking up for racism b/c of some dumb shit Kirstie Alley says or some STUPID Facebook quiz…you arent. If you want to call out someone’s ignorance, fine. Turning it into some kind of race movement makes you simple. If you think a Facebook quiz is stupid, dont participate. Believe it or not, EVERYONE thinks its stupid. Its just some dumb funny absurdity people did to laugh at it. There are PLENTY of race issues to take seriously. Some people need to do a better job of confronting those if they want to be activists. I cant imagine lecturing someone b/c of a damn Facebook gamey quiz. That is so beyond absurd, it only leaves question as to your own judgment, and maybe even your sanity.

Let me quit ranting for a second. Race is a dangerous thing to speak about already. People are coming from all over the map on it. But it is LETHAL if you cant, or refuse, to have an open mind and an open ear when you speak about it. If your discussions are all one person talking and the other listening, you arent having a discussion. You’re holding a lecture. MOST grown people dont want to be lectured on race…but many of them WILL discuss it with you. Discussions are how you learn. Lectures will help you alienate.

And as always, this is open for discussion.

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Oakland shooting

Posted by and1grad on January 12, 2009

As most, if not all, of you know by now, there’s been civil unrest in Oakland over the police shooting of a young man at a BART station. Personally, I try not to venture an opinion on these kinds of things unless I’m able to get a lay of the land or a clear picture of what is going on beforehand. After finally being able to see the video of the incident, I have to say I’m a little bit disappointed but I understand the outrage. Personally, from the view I saw and the officers’ reaction to the shot, it looks like the gun went off on accident. I dont know how many people are familiar with and/or have shot a gun and I’m FAR from an expert but I’ve accidentally shot a gun before I was ready so I know how easy it is. Plus we’ve all heard stories about kids accidentally shooting themselves or friends or whatever. Granted, this is a person that is supposedly familiar with his firearm as well as trained but I dont consider that as making an accident impossible.

In my opinion, where the issue was is…why did he pull his gun out in the first place? THAT is where the problem is, to me. That was unnecessary. I’m not even willing to cater to the easy “oh it was b/c he’s black” argument that we ALWAYS fall back on when its convenient. And honestly, I’m kind of disappointed that it seems to be what we do regardless of knowing what happened or not. In the articles I’m reading, I see the sentiment, “Nothing has changed.” Maybe that’s right…just the finger is pointing in the wrong direction.

Here is a link to a blog with video of the incident.

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