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Colorblindness & Commitment

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Transcript of Colorblindness & Commitment

Dismantling Whiteness for Racial Justice
Colorblindness & Doing the Work
Naomi Nishi
PhD Candidate, School of Education and Human Development

Racial battle fatigue
Smith, Hung, & Franklin, 2011
Abstract Liberalism
Cultural Racism
Minimization of Racism
"I'm against affirmative action because I don't believe in giving anyone an unfair advantage based on race."
"It's not important to specifically consider any people of color for this position; we want to just base our decision on merit."
"I believe it's up to every individual to pull him or herself up by his/her bootstraps."
"Like attracts like."

"People prefer to stick with their own."

"Desegregation just forced people together and ignored peoples' preferences and choice."

"Latinx parents aren't interested in parent-teacher conferences."

"Black men have a tendency toward violence."
"These welfare queens need to get jobs!"
"It didn't matter that Michael Brown was Black, he must have provoked the officer that shot him."

"We live in a post-racial society; Obama proves it."
Think, pair, share
What other comments or perspectives can you think of that uses colorblind ideologies?
New Racism / Colorblind Racism
The central elements of this new structure:
1) covert
2) avoidance or reverse racism
3) invisibility of mechanisms
4) safe minorities
Bonilla-Silva (2003)
Diversity asks, “Who’s in the room?”
Equity responds: “Who is trying to get in the room but can’t? Whose presence in the room is under constant threat of erasure?”
(Stewart, 2017)
Inclusion asks, “Has everyone’s ideas been heard?”
Justice responds, “Whose ideas won’t be taken as seriously because they aren’t in the majority?”
(Stewart, 2017)
Diversity asks, “How many more of [pick any minoritized identity] group do we have this year than last?”
Equity responds, “What conditions have we created that maintain certain groups as the perpetual majority here?” (Stewart, 2017)
Inclusion asks, “Is this environment safe for everyone to feel like they belong?”
Justice challenges, “Whose safety is being sacrificed and minimized to allow others to be comfortable maintaining dehumanizing views? (Stewart, 2017)
Diversity asks, “Isn’t it separatist to provide funding for safe spaces and separate student centers?”
Equity answers, “What are people experiencing on campus that they don’t feel safe when isolated and separated from others like themselves?” (Stewart, 2017)
Inclusion asks, “Wouldn’t it be a great program to have a panel debate Black Lives Matter? We had a Black Lives Matter activist here last semester, so this semester we should invite someone from the alt-right.”
Justice answers, “Why would we allow the humanity and dignity of people or our students to be the subject of debate or the target of harassment and hate speech?” (Stewart, 2017)
Diversity celebrates increases in numbers that still reflect minoritized status on campus and incremental growth. Equity celebrates reductions in harm, revisions to abusive systems and increases in supports for people’s life chances as reported by those who have been targeted.
Inclusion celebrates awards for initiatives and credits itself for having a diverse candidate pool. Justice celebrates getting rid of practices and policies that were having disparate impacts on minoritized groups. (Stewart, 2017)
Crystal Valentine
"And the news reporter says Jesus is white"
Jesse Williams
2016 BET Awards
Take an implicit bias test
See 13th
Work on listening to counter-stories
Resist defensiveness and fragility
"Live so as not to oppress others."
- Richard Foster
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