Friday, September 23, 2016

White privilege and implicit racism

Would someone please sit Mike Pence down and explain to him what "implicit racism" is and what "institutional racism" means.   He made pretty dumb comments last night about the controversy over police shootings of unarmed young black men, saying that there is no discrimination, no racism here.   He wants people to stop talking about it, because it only creates unrest;  it's "divisive."

I honestly think he simply doesn't understand the concept -- which, in my book, pretty well indicates that he does not recognize it in himself and his culture.   And that's the problem.   White privilege does not recognize how much it depends on implicit and institutional racism.   The first step in doing something about it is recognizing its existence.


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