Tuesday, November 16, 2010

'Racist' Name Calling Misses The Point : Tell Me More : NPR

'Racist' Name Calling Misses The Point : Tell Me More : NPR: ...Many of the city’s residents think they have part of the answer. Through agencies like the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice and membership groups such as STAND with Dignity, both the black residents who were pushed out as well as the immigrants brought in for the rebuilding, have united around the terrible conditions that affect both of their communities.

They seem to realize that racism is institutionalized and systemic and that it hurts us all, recent arrivals and longtime residents alike, regardless of color.

As the child of a white mom and a black dad, that makes sense to me, having seen this issue from a few sides.

So rather than branding some people as “good” or “bad” when it comes to racism, let’s do two things: first, let’s own up to the fact that we are all deeply affected by this system. Second, let’s focus on the system itself.