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Racism & Cultural Appropriation
Transcript of Racism & Cultural Appropriation
Systems Of Advantage vs.
Racism & Cultural Appropriation
is an irrational feeling of dislike for a person or group of persons, usually based on stereotypes. Virtually everyone feels some sort of prejudice, whether it’s for an ethnic group, or for a religious group, or for a type of person like blondes or large people. The important thing is they just don’t like them — in short, prejudice is a feeling, a belief. You can be prejudiced, but still be a fair person if you’re careful not to act on your irrational dislikes.
takes place the moment a person acts on prejudice. This describes those moments when one individual decides not to give another individual a job because of, say, their race or their religious orientation. Or even because of their looks (there’s a lot of hiring discrimination against “unattractive” women, for example). You can discriminate, individually, against any person or group, if you’re in a position of power over the person you want to discriminate against. White people can discriminate against black people, and black people can discriminate against white people.
what is racism and how is still very much exists
how racism specifically exists in studio culture
examples of micro-aggressions and how harming they really are
why bgy and similar initiatives are important
how to be anti-racist ally
are generalizations about a group of people whereby we attribute a defined set of characteristics to this group
is a racial identity created by upper class colonialists to distinguish themselves from indentured servants and slaves. A guarantee against being enslaved & a strategy to secure white wealth & domination.
is the violent taking of land, wealth and labour of indigineous peoples through domination & conquest leading to their extermination in some cases & Trans-Atlantic slave trade which created a underclass based on race and gender that persists today.
combine social power, institutional power (policies & practices), cultural messages, and individual actions.
"to remain exempt from perpetuating social inequity"
(cc) photo by medhead on Flickr
(white) privilege doesn't only mean social mobility or status attainment, it can also mean freedom against being subject to racially motivated hate crimes, and being constantly perceived as the "other". You were born, belonging. Racialized groups were born having to prove themselves good enough, "act white" enough, to be heard and participate in western society. - Mona Zarif
“I think the problem is that many people in America think that racism is an attitude. And this is encouraged by the capitalist system. So they think that what people think is what makes them a racist. Racism is not an attitude.
If a white man wants to lynch me, that’s his problem. If he’s got the power to lynch me, that’s my problem. Racism is not a question of attitude; it’s a question of power.
Racism gets its power from capitalism. Thus, if you’re anti-racist, whether you know it or not, you must be anti-capitalist. The power for racism, the power for sexism, comes from capitalism, not an attitude.
You cannot be a racist without power. You cannot be a sexist without power. Even men who beat their wives get this power from the society which allows it, condones it, encourages it. One cannot be against racism, one cannot be against sexism, unless one is against capitalism.”
Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) answering a question about racism, sexism, and capitalism.
We are a community not a cult. We don't have to agree on everything.
On Why 'White Guilt Is Not Productive'
“Nobody has ever told me why my mother was targeted that day. The media reported that the attack was on a car, but there is no road alongside my mother’s house. Several reported the attack was on a house. But the missiles hit a nearby field, not a house. All reported that five militants were killed. Only one person was killed – a 67-year-old grandmother of nine.
My three children – 13-year-old Zubair, nine-year-old Nabila and five-year-old Asma – were playing nearby when their grandmother was killed. All of them were injured and rushed to hospitals. Were these children the “militants” the news reports spoke of? Or perhaps, it was my brother’s children? They, too, were there. They are aged three, seven, 12, 14, 15 and 17 years old. The eldest four had just returned from a day at school, not long before the missile struck.
But the United States and its citizens probably do not know this. No one ever asked us who was killed or injured that day. Not the United States or my own government. Nobody has come to investigate nor has anyone been held accountable. Quite simply, nobody seems to care.”
— Rafiq ur Rehman: Please tell me, Mr President, why a US drone assassinated my mother.
Being An Anti Racist Ally
Cultural Appropriation vs. Cultural Appreciation
How It Impacts Studio Culture
If I tan can I join BGY?