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Lindsay

Location:

Medford, MA
Hometown: Salt Lake City

Member since:

October 2, 2012

Do you believe racism has been eradicated?

Racism is alive and well. In some ways it has become more accepted because its expression less overt than in other periods of U.S. history. Racism is most prominently manifest in the many societal institutions and structures that favor whites and whiteness.

Do you believe that whiteness plays a role in racism?

Whiteness is privileged over non-whiteness. In some ways this is obvious (ie. in many religions where whiteness is embraced as a symbol of purity), and in other ways it is less obvious, but no less malignant.

Do you have a favorite author/blogger/musician/artist/ film/etc. focusing on racism? Why?

Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed shows how the socialization processes can colonize the mind in such a way as to make oppression seem the natural order of things even to those experiencing the oppression. Works by Bell Hooks and Cornel West have illuminated a productive process of unpacking my own assumptions about race and racism.

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