What eliminating racism looks like to me:
- A clearer understanding that racism isn’t just burning crosses and swastika tattoos. It’s “they’re fine people, I just don’t want them as neighbors.” it’s voting in people whose campaign promises include the intent to hurt black and brown and indigenous peoples.
- More intentional exposure to other American sub-cultures, regardless of race. Who has more in common with working class white people? The so-called alt-right or working class black people? Though I suppose I’m to tread lightly here, considering the timing of King’s death.
- More white people must talk to the racists and sexists and classists in their family. My generation made conscious efforts to illustrate to certain family in the one before that all white people aren’t [fill in the blank]. Us talking to our white friends won’t have the same impact as our white friends talking to those they know to have backward views. We didn’t invent racism. As Awesomely Luvvie says, that’s not our mess to clean up.
- Patience and the willingness to work on a project our entire lives that may go on for another 50 – 100 years after we die. Activism is not sexy. Protesting is the most exciting thing we do but it’s the least effective unless dogs & hoses are being set upon us. We need to start from the local level of government and activism, to pass it on as a value to our kids.
I don’t have all the answers. All I can see is that what worked in the 1960s may not help in a time when targeting and remarketing can surround people in an echo chamber, telling them that their paranoid fantasies are real.
We need new solutions for this new reality. Thank you for starting this conversation.