Today begins HAN’s week long discussion on race. What are your views on racism?
Some say that racism happens when people of any group are classified or characterized by stereotypes. Others say it’s impossible to be a racist if you’re a person of color. That you can only be racist if you wield power within institutions and then use that power to prevent people from reaching their goals. Is it possible for anybody–regardless of color and position– to be racist?
Are you a racist if you clutch your handbag or cross the street when approaching a person of color?
Are you a racist if you believe that white people hate you even if they don’t know you?
Are cabbie’s racist if they refuse to pick up a fare who is a person of color, even if the cabbie himself is a person of color?
Challenge your ideas on racism. Take this Harvard quiz.
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Tomorrow’s blog: Barack Obama is heading off Republican talking points by mentioning, before they do, that they will try to make him seem scary. Why should Republicans think this will be an effective tactic? Are white people really afraid of Black people?