by Lupe Fiasco
I think it’s pretty funny, in the grand scheme of things – that I called out someone on their racism on this site and got heat for it, when, about an hour earlier, the individual in question called herself racist (or more accurately, guilty of what she called ‘discrete racism’). How maintaining-of-the-power-structure to attack the person calling it out, rather than to hold accountable the person who admittedly was acting out racism (and por favor – hold back the – ‘but you said it in a mean way’ because even if it were the case – which I’m not saying it is-, racism is still more offensive). Whatever – this is a typical response so I’m neither surprised nor moved, BUT I was moved by something: A few people emailed me and asked for resources and a few others mentioned they had been dissatisfied with discussion about diversity at institute. So, in that vein, I wanted to share a resource for folks who are interested in being allies across lines of differences (so not just racial, though the framework directly address race – I think it can be extrapolated to folks who want to be allies against other forms of oppression). Anyway, here’s that resource: How to be an anti-racist ally.
Some of us have to deal with racism on the daily, so the show goes on. For those of you privileged enough not to have to think about it (though it deals with and affords you things) take the red pill – it’ll change everything and it’ll be hard work – but honestly, you’ll be a better teacher and a better so many other things.