“Between a rock and a hard place,” which means: Faced with two equally undesirable options.
“Between a rock and a hard place,” which means: Faced with two equally undesirable options.
Problems. We all have problems.
I really like using different fonts.
I mean, I really enjoy making the text, the words, look like art.
I make these images with calligraphy fonts in Adobe Illustrator. 😀
The funny thing is that I can’t draw calligraphy. I never learned to use a brush with ink to do that. 😛
Josiah Harry at his blog, wrote this really fantastic explanation on why he likes (or just loves!) to write:
I did a search and found Racism without Racists.
In practice, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva sees race colour blindness different.
He believes that race colour blindness is another form of racism:
Here’s his analysis:
Four frames of colour-blind ideology to examine current racial issues in the US:
1) abstract liberalism
2) naturalization of personal preferences
3) cultural racism
The ethnic majority (before 2043: White people) see every racial group gaining equal access to education, housing, and employment.
Racism is now an individual act of interpersonal racism.
The largest ethnic group uses abstract liberalism to emphasize the concept of how people of colour should work hard to reach their goal without special support, such as Affirmative Action programs.
Naturalization of personal preferences
The largest ethnic demographic tends to justify racial inequalities as if they were natural occurrences. Or the largest demographic claims that “preferences” — like choosing to not go to an All White School, but instead attending a school that has peers who are ethnically like you — are natural, and result from a normal social process.
The dominant ethnic group often denounces Indigenous people, or Black Americans, for failure because they did not make the right choice to adapt to the culture of the dominant demographic.
The dominant demographic (White people) perceive that racism is no longer pervasive after the struggles of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. So today, ethnic minorities are considered “hypersensitive” and “too race conscious.”
Here’s the rub:
A few or many White people (those who identity as non-Hispanic White), have been raised by their Baby Boomer parents to be race blind.
Race Blind is supposed to work just fine in theory.
It was promised to re-educate White people to first look at a person as a human being and to avoid first looking at a person’s race, which was to avoid evaluating them by their ethnicity.
I was taught to be race blind by my Baby Boomer parents.
Social psychological research done in the 1980s and early 1990s generally supported
the view that drawing attention to race in any way would automatically result in
stereotyping and that such stereotyping would invariably lead to prejudice and discrimination.
Many social psychologists therefore concluded that it would be best to
divert attention away from race and toward individual characteristics or higher-level
categories such as humanity. (The Dangers of Not Speaking About Race, KIRWAN INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY | THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY)
Of course, my parents meant well, and I can’t be cruel with ridiculous high expectations that they should have not taught me to be race blind.
They were doing what academics, education professionals were highly recommending during the 1980s.
Seriously, the lesson here is to be skeptical, and also be cautious of any professional who highly recommends that their research is a best practice.
Anyway, another example of education professionals being wrong would be found within the public schools — during the 1980s & 90s in Canada & the U.S. — where the principals and teachers highly recommended Ritalin.
“ Parents should be aware that these medicines do not ‘drug’ or ‘alter’ the brain of the child. They make the child ‘normal.’ ” (The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder, New York Times)
The principal or teacher read the above from the Novartis pharmaceutical company brochure directly to any parent. At the time, during the 1990s, Novartis was known as Ciba-Geigy.
Education professionals highly recommended during the 80s & 90s that kids who couldn’t sit for more than 2 minutes, or who were Autistic, fidgety, or who had high energy had to take Ritalin because Ritalin was the solution to the problems those kids had.
Yeah right. Those academics with their education credentials really knew what they were talking about. They didn’t.
In the 2000s and 2010s, the adults who were the kids that were prescribed Ritalin just to be allowed to still attend a public school have sued by class action law suits. And good for them for doing that.
Thankfully, my own parents didn’t believe that my brother should have taken Ritalin.
The teachers at the Canmore Lawrence Grassi & Elizabeth Rummel elementary schools pushed Ritalin during the 1980s and 1990s.
My parents were debated with during Parent/Teacher meetings to give Ritalin to my brother.
My parents repeatedly said: “No. How Ritalin actually works is not known. It’s also an anti-psychotic. We won’t give our son a drug that’s not fully understood.” And good for them for saying “No“.
Anyway, Race colour blindness was supposed to work in reality and Ritalin was believed to be a “best practice” to manage kids who were fidgety. But neither was the best solution to the social problems they were addressing
So what to do right now in 2017 and in the future?
I’m cautious of anyone believing that the change they’re doing is the “best practice,” the best “evidence-based” practice, and is the one solution that fixes everything.
There is no such school of thought, social psychological approach, social engineering, or re-education that is the best practice.
So what to do?
A strategy done in 2017 would be thought as the best change to do.
But in 2037, people would perceive the problems that were unintentionally created while this strategy addressed the original problems of 2017.
Well, I would say to any White person (who self identifies as White), to not denigrate their own race while trying to disavow themselves of their White privilege.
I get really disturbed when I see Millennial White students at universities and colleges who swarm, as a mob, a White male teacher to shout at him that he’s a racist according to what these Millennials have as their beliefs about White privilege.
Bret Weinstein was swarmed by a mob of social justice warrior students, and was literally cornered on Evergreen State College campus and yelled at with bully tactics.
Anyway, when you (as a White person) are dropping your White privilege, can you also ask what White privilege does a White, male, child have right now?
The White male child, in 2017 (and in the future) doesn’t have a privilege over White female children, Asian male children, Asian female children, Indian Asian male & female children, Black American male & female children, Native or Indigenous male & female children, and the list goes on.
I have a son: He’s visibly White, he’s a biological male & his gender is visibly seen as male.
My son is three right now, and I know he doesn’t have White privilege.
I can’t be debated and bullshitted that he has White privilege.
He doesn’t have White privilege in 2017, and he won’t have White privilege in 2027, 2037, etc.
So White privilege is rapidly declining.
White privilege first declined for White male children.
The thing to do is:
If you identify as a non-Hispanic White person, then try to ask the really hard questions of how a non-Hispanic White person should feel self-respect, or be successful, as a person of an ethnic minority when it’s visibly apparent that the White community is an ethnic minority.
People of colour have perceived visibly White people (who self identify as White) as unaware of what it means to be White, of what being White has promised in terms of status, access to opportunities, and jobs that are sustaining and secure.
The perception by people of colour of White people being unaware of their White Privilege is damning. People of colour are usually the people who identify as Black American, Chinese American, Indian Asian American, etc.
People who are Asian, who are First Nations, or Black American can see White people as being unaware because they (as people of colour) have had to be daily aware of their own ethnicity and what status, opportunities, jobs that are secure, could actually be available to them where they live.
But White people have to become aware today and tomorrow.
The people who identify as White are becoming an ethnic minority in the United States. Same holds true for Canada.
Any person who identifies their race as White has to now define the meaning of their identity across North America in terms of a minority.
So here’s the challenge:
Can the communal identity of the White demographic — the personal values, the culture, and all the stuff that makes ‘visible’ your ethnicity to other races of people — be adapted and still function when it’s a minority identity?
That’s the rub.
The question must be answered on how to be a successful ethnic minority in the country that you live in.
White people are going to have to pay attention to the stories of immigrant success and of a minority’s resilience.
The strategies presented in these stories have to be learned from.
What did the Black American woman do to actually get access to decent education (elementary, high school, post secondary) for her son?
How did this mom get access to the school that was the right institution that would set up her son for success?
How did the son avoid becoming despaired because other guys of his race have repeatedly met the wrong people, had met the bias of the current social climate found within institutions, which barred them enrollment, promotion and accolades by news & social media?
I need these questions answered.
Earlier I wondered where institutional or systemic racism first began in human civilization.
Slavery in the United States was the culprit that germinated systemic racism within it.
However, the United States, is currently the only country on known record where systemic racism directly resulted from institutional slavery.
I say, “on record,” because this modern history is what is currently known while ancient records are few and there are some records that can still be found by archeology.
Anyway, the institutional or systemic slavery that was done in the United States was like ancient slavery, but differed because the slaves’ ethnicity was visually different from the people who traded and bought them.
The stark visual difference was Black and White.
Black Skin colour, hair, shape of nose versus White Skin colour, hair, shape of nose.
That’s sad really.
The European ancestors who settled the British thirteen colonies that became the United States shouldn’t have bought and used slaves to work without their freedom.
These White people of early modern history shouldn’t have done this tragedy.
But they did, and the people of today (their descendants & the descendants of African Americans) experience the fallout.
Systemic racism against Black Americans has been a painful process, since the 1960s, of dropping segregation and dropping inequal access to services and resources.
But I don’t know if race relations in the United States can evolve.
I don’t know if Black & White Americans can move on.
Can Black Americans move on from rehashing past events of slavery and segregation that their ancestors lived and then changed by their resistance?
Could Black Americans live today (2017) and tomorrow without revisiting, again and again, the feelings and the fights that their predecessors did? These predecessors are passed on.
Or I’m asking is more time needed?
Or can the few or many Black Americans no longer rehash the slavery and segregation that was done and not live their life according to that history?
Can they try to move past perceiving White people as a monolith and as a bad monolith?
I’m talking about living Malcom X’s feelings and life again & again.
Is it possible to not rehash and live past resentments, grievances, anger, and historical altercations?
How can you live a life that is your own and not a reanimated life of someone else?
Is honouring history really “ancestor worship” that you have to do again and again, and again do the fights of the past?
Do you have to live a past life to fix the problems you live today and tomorrow?
Some people do. I get that.
However, I feel worried when a whole community hasn’t moved on from viewing the descendants of their oppressors as a monolith, and still as a problem to them.
I personally am not racist. I also can’t be guilty for what someone of my race did before I was born. I can only be responsible for what I do and don’t do.
I also can’t hate and be ashamed of my race because I would become self-loathing and ashamed.
I can’t take in and internalize the resentment & anger felt by many or a few African Americans because if I did, I would feel I’m guilty.
I would feel I’m at fault, born wrong, and can’t do one thing right, because I would feel those feelings as my own.
I write this blog without explicitly putting into words what my ethnicity or race is. I also haven’t published what my gender or biological sex is.
You can probably make a guess what my race and gender are by reading my personal experiences.
Anyway, I came across this name: Jane Elliott.
I then had to read about that name.
Jane Elliott is White American (European descent), and is the “White” stereotype that’s found in the United States.
This lady is as White as White can be defined as a Caucasian living in the United States.
I will categorize Jane Elliott by a racist framework. Racist would mean by the framework of institutional racism.
Genographic Criteria of Jane Elliott (with a bit of Sexism included):
In sum: White, Rural, Female.
So, a White Female from a rural American farming community (that being an All White Community, with a 2.2% Hispanic presence) is qualified for what?
Institutional Racism allows or bars access to education (like university, college programs), to certification (like a medical license), and to a variety of services (like government funding for an education, services for your children, funding for your health care, etc.).
The above listed genographic criteria of Jane Elliott bars her access to certification, which would be Anti-racist Diversity Training.
Jane Elliott is self-appointed.
She started her mission of racism re-education in 1968, and did her first experiment on 8 & 9 year olds because she was a Grade 3 teacher in Riceville and those kids were a “captive” audience.
But in the 2010s, she would be shut down & shut out because of her being White.
How can a White Woman be qualified to be the spokeswoman, the consultant to re-educate White People on the institutional racism that Black people experience in the United States?
If I’m going to listen to Jane Elliott by the framework of institutional racism — which historically means White people being privileged, by institutions, over Black people — then she fails because her race is White.
I can’t let this lady be in authority, have power, and let her Blue Eye/Brown Eye experiment re-educate me.
Jane Elliott is not qualified to accuse her White peers because institutional racism in the United States was established as the institutions that were built by European settlers that privileged White people over Black people up until the 1960s.
Jane Elliott is White, she hails from Iowa. She’s drenched in her White Privilege.
A woman enjoying White Privilege who names all White People criminally racist is not a qualified representative of Black experiences of discrimination and experiences of Blackness in the United States.
Also the census of Riceville hasn’t changed much.
Jane Elliott was born in 1933.
Riceville had 807 people in 1930. In 2016, Riceville has 806 people.
She’s White, was born & raised in White Rural America, and she’s a White Female.
So in the 2010s, Jane Elliott as a White female, would be barred entry into let’s say BEYOND QUEER POLITICS: 35 YEARS OF WOMEN’S ACTIVISM AT THE INTERSECTIONS (Pride Toronto newsletter, Tuesday May 3, 2016) because of her genographic criteria.
She would be asked by Debbie Douglas (Dear White People, Please Stop Pretending Reverse Racism Is Real) to sit at the back of the room because she’s White, a biological female, heterosexual and not a transgender woman.
People like Jane Elliott clearly appear to me as a person sitting on a tree branch who’s cutting the branch she’s sitting on.
That person will fall fast, hard, and will break their bones at odd angles when the branch they’re sitting on falls.
What I mean is:
Belittling, blaming, only targeting your race for re-education because what their ancestors did also hurts you.
Should people of today segregate themselves, and fight the same fight, feel the same resentment according to the history of their ancestors’ experiences and own fights?
Isn’t reliving history of racist segregation again & again — which is White segregating Black before the 1960s in the U.S., Black segregating White in the 2010s across North America — a problem?
In the school setting, doing the same problem again & again is called not learning.
The teacher would be concerned and have parent/teacher meetings about remedial tutoring.
Anyway, naming your race as Bigoted, Ignorant, the one race on the planet Earth who ever was and currently is institutionally racist is a lie.
It’s self-harming when the lie is a dogma that you rely on to accuse and call your own race criminal.
Institutional Racism was invented first as Slavery, but not as slavery of Black people by White people in the United States.
Institutional Racism as institutional slavery hails to the Romans, the Greeks, the Israelites (the paleo Hebrew people), the Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Assyrians, the Persians, and the list goes on.
The Romans considered the Indigenous White people living in Britain, Scotland, France, Spain, different races. And the Romans enslaved those Indigenous people whenever the Romans could.
So, Institutional Slavery (which created institutional racism), was invented by many races of people on the planet Earth.
The ancient, chiseled in cuneiform on stone, laws of Hammurabi, are proof that systemic racism as created by systemic slavery was alive and well in the area of Iraq thousands of years ago.
16. “If any one receive into his house a runaway male or female slave of the court, or of a freedman, and does not bring it out at the public proclamation of the major domus, the master of the house shall be put to death.”
Anyway, don’t feel guilt & shame for what the ancestors of your race did to another race. Right now feel self-respect, and do to other people what you want done to yourself.
Respecting yourself (which includes your race) and being respectful of a variety of human beings is probably better than being Jane Elliott.
Don’t be a Jane Elliott.