Why Racial Justice Work Needs to Address Settler Colonialism and Native Rights

How can we include settler colonialism in our work – especially as it relates to racism against non-Native people of color? It’s complicated, but this article’s got some crucial answers.

 

  1. Understand Racism and Settler Colonialism as Connected Forms of Oppression
  2. Examine How Settler Colonialism Creates Tensions Between Anti-Racism Work and Decolonization
  3. Learn That If You’re on US Land, You’re Complicit in Settler Colonialism

 

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  1. Rethinking My Own History of Migration (And My Relationships with Land and Space)
  2. Learning Ways to Stand in Solidarity with Pacific Islanders
  3. Working on Crossing My Privilege Line

 

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Sourced through Scoop.it from: everydayfeminism.com

We need to talk about racism: Gillian Schutte at TEDxJohannesburgWomen 2013

 

Writer and filmmaker Gillian Schutte fearlessly and creatively tackles issues of race, identity, sexuality and social justice. She is founding member of Media for Justice and co-owner of handHeld Films and online reality TV show ‘The Schutte Singiswas – A South African Love Story’.

Twitter: @GillianSchutte, Web: mediaforjustice.net

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Source: www.youtube.com
Gillian Schutte (white) explains learning about racism through the eyes of her mixed race child.

 

Handcuffed For Traveling With A White Girl

 

“A traveling dance troupe claims they were racially profiled by Texas cops, who cuffed the trio after suspecting something wrong with a 13-year-old white girl and two black men sharing the same car, according to a report.

 

Source: www.youtube.com

 

This happens to fathers with adopted children who look different and to fathers with children of mixed heritage who look different from them.

 

The future of American racism

 

Note: The following is mostly based on chapter 14 of “Race in North America” (2012) by Audrey and Brian D. Smedley.


Racism in the US is always changing but changes slowly.
 That means the near future will be pretty much the same, but the longer term it will bring change.

 

American racism will have to somehow adjust to:

  1. Japan as a country fully the equal of the US and Britain.
  2. Asian Americans scoring higher on IQ tests.
  3. The Black middle-class and Blacks in important positions.
  4. Immigration from Asia and Latin America pouring into the US, bringing millions of people who do not fit into the old black-and-white boxes.
  5. Multiracial identities, particularly those who are half White and half Asian or Latino. It not only challenges the idea that race determines culture and behaviour, but also makes one’s “race” harder to determine and therefore less useful.
  6. Barack Obama, whose very person goes against everything most Americans think they know about race. He is multiracial. He looks Black but culturally is like Dorothy of “The Wizard of Oz”: a White person from Kansas. American racism is incapable of making sense of him – thus all the Birther and Secret Muslim stuff.
  7. The Human Genome Project – which left only 0.1% of the genome for scientific racism.

 

Click through to read more.

 

Source: abagond.wordpress.com

Bhagat Singh Thind

 

Bhagat Singh Thind(1892-1967), an Indian American spiritual teacher and writer, was denied US citizenship in United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind (1923). The Supreme Court ruled, 9 to 0, that while Thind was arguably Caucasian, he was not white.

 

Community Village‘s insight:

Click through to read the whole article.This story paints the picture of one man’s personal sovereignty, dignity and persistence vs the twisted thinking of U.S. xenophobia. An amazing story that should be made into a movie. @getgln

See on abagond.wordpress.com

Standing up for our children

If a child grows up with a parent who has zero tolerance of racism, the child grows up knowing that it is not okay to undervalue other human beings. Is this radical? Perhaps.

See on www.transracialparenting.com