Skip to main content

View Diary: Navigating White Privilege and Liberal Racism: 10 Tips for Blogging While Black On the Daily Kos (228 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  What Up, WARN! (10+ / 0-)

    Been checking you out the last day or two over here at DK, ChaunceyDeVega.

    This is Brown Man Thinking Hard from your blogroll, telling a brother to keep telling it the way you see it, since I assume you are the owner of your own keyboard.

    I'm the only black blogger over at Big Think, so I know what you mean when you talk about mofos who act like they are renting you the air you breathe when you describe the world from a perspective they do not recognize or want to deem authentic.

    Talking about race can be uncomfortable. And yet in order to get to the promised land of some sort of racial comity that allows us to respect our differences as we revere the things we have in common, you have to go from merely talking about the boundaries and strictures of race in America to truth telling about our conscious and subconscious attitudes towards those outside of our racial tribe.

    Truth telling, as the South Africans found out after apartheid, is very, very hard.

    This conversation brings to mind something Ronald Laird said that I used in an article I wrote a while back:

      "Despite the sincere optimism many White people think post-racial means that when we work together to solve some of societies daunting problems we no longer need to speak explicitly about race…

        …whereas to many Black people post-racial means we can speak more openly about race and how we can use our experiences and narratives to turn around many of the problems in our communities."

        Ronald Laird

    From "Why Post-Racial is Post-Rational"

    If nothing else, Chauncey, you've cut down on at least 5% of the navel gazing that goes on around here.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site