Showing posts tagged racism
Most Whites find it easy to ignore residential segregation. I experienced a good example of this inattention when I told a lunch-table’s worth of White colleagues at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences about the linguist John Baugh’s project on “linguistic profiling” (Baugh 2003). Baugh has developed a matched-guise test in which a single speaker uses a “White professional,” a “Latino,” or a “Black” voice in making telephone inquiries about the availability of advertised rentals in the San Francisco Bay area. The “White professional” voice is much more likely to yield an invitation to make an appointment to look at the property, while the other accents are more likely to result in a response that the rental is no longer available. My colleagues, all sophisticated scholars, were genuinely surprised at this result; several mentioned that they had thought that this sort of discrimination had long since disappeared.

Jane H. Hill, The Everyday Language of White Racism

(via wretchedoftheearth)

This is like when me and my white soon-to-be husband were looking for places. I’d call up and they’d say, “Come on down! Get an application!”. Because I don’t “sound” black.

Then I’d walk in 2 minutes later and they’d be all, “Oh. Sorry, we just rented it.”

Then I’d send him in and he’d get an application. 

The best part? Walking back in while he was completing the application. “Oh, they gave you an application? But they told me it was just rented. ODD. THAT. I’m going to report them so let’s just skip this place, m’kay?” The looks on their faces and the pathetic apologies were just too much fun.

Used to deal with the same thing with road trips. Hotels would tell me that there were no vacancies, but my white roommate would go in and get us a room, usually cheaper than advertised.

(via faboomama)

But we’re just supposed to *trust* and think everything is an *isolated* incident.

(via hamburgerjack)

My parents pointed out how this phenomenon worked when we were moving to PA (they’d get steered to crummier neighborhoods and have to insist on being shown others). Housing discrimination is still pretty widespread and the gatekeepers? Tend to either intentionally or due to unchecked bias reinforce the status quo. 

(via invisiblelad)

It always floors me the things people are surprised at. Meanwhile, every person of color is sitting here like, “Oh. Must be another day that ends in Y, and in other news, water is wet.” Like, really, people are surprised by this, and whenever they show surprise at learning stuff that we go through, I have to poker face, lest I end up giving them the most disbelieving side eye in history because how do you NOT know this? But then, you know. Some people have the privilege of being able to be unaware it because it’s not a problem they have to deal with. :/

(via lori-jaye)

My mom and dad tried to move into a house in a mostly white area and the realtor told them they should move somewhere where they would be “more comfortable around their peers”. My mom reported them, the NAACP gave her a free lawyer, and they got the place for some crazy low price. Housing discrimination is real as fuck.

(via lovelifelaurennn)

 Readabookson has a copy >here<

(via crossdamon)

(Reblogged from readabookson)

DN!: Filmmaker Uncovers Her Family’s Shocking Slave-Trading History, Urges Americans to Explore Own Roots

  • KATRINA BROWNE: Yeah, so, you know, it wouldn’t shock you or listeners to hear that there was obviously a great deal of anxiety and discomfort and nervousness about the idea of publicizing our family history. And I think one of the things I’ve come to appreciate is the depth of the emotions that get in the way for white Americans more broadly, not just our family. We’re an extreme case, but I think it’s a—it’s a sort of an example of a larger pattern, which is that defensiveness, fear, guilt, shame, those emotions get in our way both from really confronting the history and coming to appreciate the vast extent of sort of the tentacles of the institution of slavery and how fundamental it was to the birth and success of our nation and to paving the way for the waves of immigrants that came subsequently.
  • So, you know, discomfort looking at that history, but then also, obviously, discomfort around grappling with the implications for today and really coming to grips with that. And I hear so many black Americans say, you know, "We’re not trying to guilt-trip you. Quit taking it so personally. We just want you white folks to show up for the work, together with us, of repairing those harms that, you know, continue to plague this country." So, I’ve noticed how I’ve gone from, like, you know, extreme kind of major guilt reaction upon learning this about my family and my region to a more grounded and, I would say, mature and calmer ability to take stock of the inheritance that I think—you know, we’re an extreme case, again, but it provides a view into what I think all white Americans need to look at in terms of those legacies of white privilege and whatnot.


Presented without comment

(Reblogged from pushinghoopswithsticks)
  • MAX BLUMENTHAL: According to a poll by Camille Fuchs, who’s one of the most reputable pollsters in Israeli society, a majority of secular Israeli youth, high-schoolers, say that they would refuse to have an Arab neighbor. A majority of Tel Aviv residents favor the total expulsion of African migrants from Tel Aviv. Forty-eight percent of Israelis, according to a Ynet poll, which is a poll conducted by Israel’s most popular newspaper, favor—are in support of settler price tag attacks—in other words, settler terrorism. A majority of Israelis—
  • AMY GOODMAN: What do you mean, "price tag attacks"?
  • MAX BLUMENTHAL: Price tag attacks are basically vigilante attacks carried out by settlers against the Palestinian population in the West Bank. And whenever a settler outpost is demolished, there will be a retaliatory attack with graffiti on the Palestinian home that says "price tag." Only 33 percent of Israelis in this poll oppose that. A majority of Israelis in another poll agreed with the statement by Miri Regev, who’s a rising star in the Likud party, that Africans are a cancer in Israel’s body. So this is the kind of racism coursing through the heart of Israeli society, and it’s encouraged from the—by the central institutions of Israeli society.
(Reblogged from gradientlair)
(Reblogged from redlightpolitics)
(Reblogged from anticapitalist)
(Reblogged from boysoprano)

In the 10th Grade, I was followed home from the train station near my house and held up at gun point. It was the scariest experience I’ve ever been through in my life, bar none. I was scared for my life and sense told me to let it go, but believe me, if I could have broken that guys nose and bashed his head into the concrete, I would have in a heartbeat. I’ve been followed and had guns pulled on me on two other occasions that even my parents don’t know about because I was too scared to talk about it. Being followed by a stranger is absolutely terrifying. I and most of my friends are teenage black males just like Trayvon Martin and to think that if I or any of them were to die in attempt to protect ourselves, whether preemptively or not, and the law was on the side of the killer is almost as frightening as the killer himself. Not only are young Black males profiled, judged, and neglected by society. We are expected to die in silence.

Some of my white friends might not understand, but it’s reality.

[Derrick Holman]


What many don’t understand (particularly many White people) is that these events are not important to us because of the person or the event. They are important because they are a painful reminder of the hundreds of years injustices Black people have faced and the injustices that Black people continue to face every day. Friends ask me why I am so vocal about this. Because it literally pains me to think about and to remain silent. These kind of daily injustices bring grown Black men and women to tears and shred the confidence of millions of Black children to nothing and it pains me to watch that go on in silence and to constantly feel like the lives and the voice of my people do not matter as much. So no, Trayvon Martin alone is not that important. But, to me, race is.