When the oppressed turn into oppressors: Parenting & internalised racism

Article by Guilaine Kinouani

 

Excerpts selected by Glenn Robinson

The privilege of being lighter skinned
I am a lighter skinned Black woman. I am light enough to benefit from shadism but dark enough to still be accepted as Black. A uniquely privileged position. Throughout my upbringing I have received messages in my environment that this made me more desirable, more worthy, and/or more significant than my darker skinned counterparts. These messages were both covert and overt and articulated in the home and outside the home, at school, in the media etc… Pretty much everywhere.  There is no doubt that I was, at times, spoken to in kinder voices or treated with more patience than my darker skinned peers or sisters by both people of colour and by White people, all things being equal.  In time, I have learnt that my femininity and womanhood would be more easily accepted.

 

Parenting and internalised racism

 

…in our efforts to compensate for racism, we socialise children into injustice, compliance and complicity and instil a sense of inferiority in them. In doing so we may limit children’s scope to be themselves. We may reduce our capacity to respond to them with compassion and kindness. We may attend to stereotypes of what our children could be or could be seen as, rather than attending to them as unique persons. In a nutshell, we may contribute to racism’s self-fulfilling prophecies, perpetuate racial inequalities and more worryingly, may increase their risk of psychological  distress.
The perpetuation of oppression is everyone’s business

 

  • Internalising racism is adaptive. It is no pathology.
  • The construction of reality is controlled by the dominant group and circulated throughout society
  • those who are oppressed come to internalise the dominant group’s interests as their own
  • the interests of the oppressors are presented as actually reflecting everyone’s best interests…
  • the construction of a superior class is dependent upon the existence of an inferior one.
  • double bind: Be like us to be human. Trying to be like us is evidence that you are not human.
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Many pearls of wisdom in this article!

 

Note: Parents of all colors can have internalized racism and bias.

Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i

Paintings by Laura Kina and photographs by Emily Hanako Momohara explore the artists’ mixed-heritage roots in Okinawa and Hawai‘i, employing unique strategies that blend fiction and reality to question the stability of memory and identity. In this video, they discuss their families, identity, and their art.

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Multiracial Family Man Ep. 20 – Santana Dempsey, guest

On Episode 20 of The Multiracial Family Man Podcast, host Alex Barnett (the White, Jewish husband of a Black woman who converted to Judaism and the father of a 3 year-old, Biracial son) is joined by guest, adoption and mixed race advocate, actress Santana Dempsey (http://www.santanadempsey.com/ ).
A University of Missouri alumnus, Santana is a veteran of New York City’s Primary Stages, INTAR, Soho Rep, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and Carnegie Hall. She also wrote and starred in the critically

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GREAT INTERVIEW!

 

Santana is so honest, smart and passionate. She’s a dynamo with amazing stories to tell and the skills to do it with flying colors.

 

And Alex is a great interviewer. He asks all the questions you want to ask and even some you haven’t thought to ask. He’s as good as Terry Gross and I love Terry Gross.

The Media Is Doing Exactly What Rachel Dolezal’s Abusive Homeschooling Parents Want

“Every time we go after Rachel, we are doing exactly what her abusive parents want.”

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How Rachel Dolezal Just Made Things Harder for Those of Us Who Don’t “Look Black”

Because I appear white to most people, I already get asked the dumbest questions you can imagine about race. Now it’s only going to get worse.

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The 100% Mixed Show #011 – Thomas Lopez, Kiyoshi Houston, Ken Tanabe

Thomas Lopez and Kiyoshi Houston talk to us about MASC, a mixed community organization that reaches out to families and educates children on bullying and identity. Ken Tanabe is founder of Loving Day a celebration multiracial relationships and overcome racism. Really fun episode!

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HT @MASCSITE

Is It Better To Be Mixed Race? [VIDEO]

Aarathi Prasad sets out to challenge the science of racial purity and examines provocative claims that there are in fact biological advantages to being mixed race.

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Mixed Kids Roundtable: The Politics of Multiracialism and Identity [AUDIO]

We were joined in this edition of iMiXWHATiLiKE! by a roundtable of panelists for a discussion of the politics of multiracialism and identity. We talked about the film Dear White People and more generally about the history of multiracial identities and the politics of popular culture representation of those identities, and bunch more!

Several of our music selections came from THIS LIST by J-Zone.

Get all the other shows you’ve missed and much more at imixwhatilike.org!

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HT Steven Riley @mixed_race

▶ What’s Radical About “Mixed Race”? [VIDEO] with Professor Ann Morning

From Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU

“On April 20, 2015, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU hosted “What’s Radical About ‘Mixed Race’?”. Eschewing an apolitical “celebration” of mixed race, this panel examined the movement’s implications for multiracial coalition and the future of race in the US and Canada, asking: does the multiracial movement challenge—or actually reinforce—the logics of structural racism?”

 

From Steven Riley

 

Minelle Mahtani critically located how an apolitical and ahistorical Canadian “model multiracial” upholds the multicultural claims of the Canadian settler state.

Jared Sexton called to task multiracial activists who leverage a mixed race identity in opposition to those who are “all black, all the time.”

A roundtable conversation moderated by Ann Morning (NYU Department of Sociology) followed.”

 

 

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Get your popcorn and your drink. Video is 1 hour 17 minutes.