A possie in Aussie

February 24, 2009

Not a racist? You are a fool or a liar

Filed under: race relations — Nayano @ 6:29 am
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It is easy to be horrified by overt racism. But there is much racism of which we are unconscious. (Test your unconscious prejudices)

Michael Shaw of the Huffington Post says

“Show me any person who says he does not consider race in his words, actions or deeds, and I will show you  either a fool or a liar”. In Defense of Racism

Michael gives a heartbreaking quote from Jesse Jackson:

“There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery-then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”

Tara Sena-Becker, tongue in cheek, says that it is a universally recognised truth that kidnappers prefer blondes. Kidnappers prefer blondes

She is referring to the awful oddity that, in the US, disappearances of white girls such as Jon-Benet Ramsey obsess the media for years, but South American, African and Asian girls are given barely a passing glance.

Sena-Becker  says:

“When viewing such images, it soon becomes apparent that not just any young woman is qualified to be a victim. There are specific criteria that must be met before she can even plausibly be considered.”

Are non-white victims of crime invisible in Australia too?
Share your views in the Comments.


1 Comment »

  1. […] This CNN clip shows white people arguing against health care reform – and claiming that race is not a factor, and then Tim Wise’s excellent commentary about their ‘cultural blindness’. (Are you blind to your own prejudices?  Read this. Not a racist? You are a fool or a liar) […]

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