AAA on the Hill: The State of Race in 2010 Podcast

3 thoughts on “AAA on the Hill: The State of Race in 2010 Podcast”

  1. You wrote: Being explicit about race is a double-edged sword, especially when trying to enlist the cooperation of white Americans, as that community often does not see themselves as “raced” and not “racist.” How does one approach that community when talking about race?

    There is a re-framing that whites need to have about the history of our nation. I am appalled by the fictions and outright lies I was taught as a student . Learning about the medical and experimental brutalities, the reinslavement of blacks in the south after Reconstruction, the incredible misery of the wars against indigenous peoples in North America, and a host of other vicious policies and is a start.

    As a white person working on race and social justice issues in Seattle, I feel it is my responsibility to connect with other whites to share the message that racism hurts all of us. My community and work place are very diverse, yet that does not mean that racism is in the past tense. The existence of racism is evident in the experiences of people of color who walk the same halls and streets I do. I seek ways to explain the differences to whites with enough specifity without creating more pain and trauma for the people who told them to me. White folks are the ones who have to recognize their privilege and lose the myth that all Americans have the same opportunities.

  2. As with the dog that didn’t bark, I noted the absence of discussion of non-African-American entanglements in the debate on race.

    As a striver in the field of political anthropology and law, I find that race, even though an increasingly displaced field of academic relevance in some quarters, is being newly employed by the courts and legislators in relation to Native Americans, Hawaiians and Alaskan Natives (in the US), in relation to Aboriginal peoples (Indian, Inuit and Metis) in Canada, and as concerns the Aboriginees of Australia and the Mouri of New Zealand.

    The “one-drop” or Jim Crow rules that were adopted in the early 20th century as definitional and social devices to distinguish persons on the basis of race have been well studied. They have, however, been altered to some degree, and migrated to new tests and standards, implicating racial presumptions of association. These, whether associated with Afro-American or other ethnic associations, such as Ameri-indian, need to be studied much more than they are today.

    I look forward to hearing of the results of the conference, and wish only to solicit an exchange between interested practitioners and academics on the specific matter of the new usage of race in relation to Indigenous or Native American peoples.

  3. To me the healing of racism is when all respect the dignity of each other….living accordingly.

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