The Moving Walkway Of Racism

“Racism isn’t born, folks, it’s taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list.” -Dennis Leary

This is an amazing piece about racism by Alana. That post was spurred by this post over at Brit’s and the ensuing comments. Brit wrote her post in response to Champagne and Benzedrine’s post on privilege.

Here is an amazing quote by Beverly Tatum:

“I sometimes visualize the ongoing cycle of racism as a moving walkway at the airport. Active racist behavior is equivalent to walking fast on the conveyor belt. The person engaged in active racist behavior has identified with the ideology of our White supremacist system and is moving with it. Passive racist behavior is equivalent to standing still on the walkway. No overt effort is being made, but the conveyor belt moves the bystanders along to the same destination as those who are actively walking. But unless they are walking actively in the opposite direction at a speed faster than the conveyor belt – unless they are actively anti-racist – they will find themselves carried along with the others.”

I can’t say anything on race and privilege that Alana hasn’t already said ten times better. So go read.

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