Friday, September 27, 2019

Do you recognize the privilege of your whiteness in our multi-racial society?


Today we begin our discussion of the reading of Robin Diangelo's book, White Fragility.

This is an extremely important book because it helps us understand the differrences between prejudice, discrimination, and systemic racism.

Many whites are quick to claim that they are not prejudiced, and this may be true, but do they engage in discrimnatory and racist behaviors often unknowingly? Yes, they do, all the time. And as a society, as well as communities and inviduals we can't fix what we aren't aware is broken.

The work of systemic racism is making the unconscious conscious.

Michael Eric Dyson, in the forward to White Fragility, writes,

"But whiteness goes even one better: it is a category of identity that is most useful when its very existence is denied. That’s its twisted genius. Whiteness embodies Charles Baudelaire’s admonition that “the loveliest trick of the Devil is to persuade you that he does not exist.” Or, as an alter ego of the character Keyser Söze says in the film The Usual Suspects, “The greatest trick the devil ever played was to convince the world that he didn’t exist.” The Devil. Racism. Another metaphor. Same difference.

DiAngelo, Robin J.. White Fragility (pp. ix-x). Beacon Press.

The mission of this blog, Recognizing Systemic Racism, is to identify the "devil," to make the unconscious, conscious. Our individual spiritual growth, as well as the sancification of the world, depends on the purusit of this mission with the goal of enhancing people's awareness of how our systems impact all people.

If you would like to discuss this idea further, join other seekers at the online discussion group, "systemic racism" by joining the group.




Thursday, September 26, 2019

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Rochester, NY is the second worst place in the United States for African Americans to live


The 25th congressional district which includes Rochester, NY and its surrounding suburbs is the second worst congressional district in the United States for African Americans. Here is some the data from 24/7 Wall Street:

New York’s 25th Congressional District
> Current representative: Rep. Joseph D. Morelle (Democratic Party)
> Poverty rate: 34.8% black; 8.2% white
> Unemployment rate: 15.1% black; 4.7% white
> Homeownership rate: 31.6% black; 72.2% white
The 25th Congressional District in New York borders Lake Ontario and includes the city of Rochester. Segregation leads to disparate outcomes, and Rochester schools are highly segregated, as only 10% of students in the school district are white.
Currently, over 94% of white adults in the congressional district have a high school diploma, compared to just 78.4% of black adults. Education is closely linked to income, and more than one in every three black district residents live below the poverty line, compared to 8.2% of white residents. The district’s seat is currently held by Rep. Joseph Morelle, a Democrat.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Documentary - Hello, Privilege. It's me, Chelsea

Great documentary. Well worth seeing. It is streaming on Netflix.

 

The domains of systemic racism


There is a  distinction between prejudice, discrimination, and racism. Using this triad,  racism refers to systemic, institutional or structural oppression, and subjugation to dominant populations by people of privilege..

Domains of systemic racism:
Education
Health care 
Criminal justice
Housing
Employment
Religion
Social welfare
Political process participation e.g. voting and other forms of representation in various societal decision making groups.
Culture - arts, sports, community groups and recreational activities and organizations

Over the next several months and maybe a few years we will be studying how systemic racism operates in our culture in the US.

Welcome to Recognizing Systemic Racism

Recognizing Systemic Racism is a blog describing the study of systemic racism in the various domains in our society including health, education, criminal justice, social welfare, citizen participation, culure and sports, housing, employment, rfeligion and social relations. The group is intended to facilitate sociological study and while prejudice and discrimination may be discussed, the major emphasis is how values and practices get embedded in social dynamics in society at what are usually unconscious patterns of behavior.

The blog will review key ideas in various texts and articles and the articles will be informative, factual, and hopefully, enlightening.

The first book to be discussed is Robin Diangelo's White Fragility. Please subscribe and particpate by entering comments and/or joining the discussion group below