‘A Conversation With White People on Race’ [VIDEO]



Why do so many white people find it extremely uncomfortable to talk about race? Setting out to make the next installment of our Op-Doc video series about race in America, we hoped to address that question. Because we live in New York, where there is no shortage of opinions, we didn’t think it would be too hard to find white people willing to speak publicly on this topic. We were wrong.
when we dug a bit deeper, the discussion gets tense, and visibly uncomfortable.
With this Op-Doc video, we’ve attempted to lean into that discomfort and prompt some self-reflection. We are all part of this system, and therefore we all have a responsibility to work toward dismantling it. If we’re going to have an honest conversation about race in America, that includes thinking — and talking — about what it means to be white in America. It might be uncomfortable, but it’s a conversation that must involve all of us.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.nytimes.com

By Glenn Robinson

The system the authors are referring to is probably the system of disenfranchisement and oppression held up by what Dr. Martin Luther King called the Doctrine of White Supremacy.

Anyone can believe in the Doctrine of White Supremacy; a doctrine that believes that White is right and worthy and that people of color are undeserving of equal opportunities and equal humane treatment.

We see inequality play out in the way immigration laws are written to favor the highly educated, while (im)migrants in labor and agriculture are demonized.

We also see that the U.S. will not offer universal single payer health care – as if all humans do not deserve equal treatment by the health care industry.

And we see the prison industrial complex incarcerate disproportionately high numbers of Black and Latino people; and the military industrial complex recruit disproportionately high numbers of Black and Latino people.

And we see disproportionately high numbers of killings of unarmed Black and Latino people by the police.

3 thoughts on “‘A Conversation With White People on Race’ [VIDEO]

  1. shannoninmiami July 3, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    And we see it here in Miami with the wet foot dry foot law.
    Which says if you can get to the beach you can stay. but if the coast guard catches you before you can get out of the water, & they’ll try to block you even if you’re yards from the edge, they’ll send you back to where you came from, after a while in detention.

    But this does NOT apply to Haitians. First they go to jail then get a one way ticket back to hell.
    back when i jetskied almost every day for years, from the keys all the way up the east coast, even before i knew about the purposeful institutional racism, i always knew the law was racist.
    I’ve picked up at least 10-15 different ppl less than a mile off the beach & seen so much terror in their eyes.
    some were so scared i was gonna tell on them they’d try to hide under water, some were so close to death they’d given up & others were so desperate to get out of the water they’d do anything & some just knew that i was gonna get them to safety, most of the time it was with out a single word since i don’t speak Creole or Spanish. i was never arrested even though someone called the cops once but as far as i know everyone i found are still here. i hope.


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