Thursday, February 2, 2012

Jay Smooth, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race"

We tend to deal with race and prejudice with this all or nothing, good person versus bad person binary in which either you are racist, or you are not the belief that you must be perfect in order to be good is an obstacle to being as good as you can be.

The problem with that all-or-nothing binary is it causes us to look at racism and prejudice as if they are akin to having tonsils...if someone says, "I think you may have a little unconscious prejudice," you say, "No! My prejudice was removed in 2005!" So we need to move away from the tonsils paradigm of race discourse towards the dental hygiene paradigm of race discourse.

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