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  •  Denial and Avoidance (1+ / 0-)
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    Perhaps we're just afraid to admit our worst failings.
    I've long felt that people who are in denial about the failings of our society and overall culture are in this denial because, when our consciences are in operational mode, to acknowledge these injustices means that we are then responsible for doing something about it.

    Which is either scary (might actually have to go face-to-face with non-whites, and hear out the pain of the oppressed), or is just inconvenient.

    (Love, I will add, is never convenient.)

    This may be a factor in why many whites deny that there is any actual racism in the US, both by individuals and by institutions.  

    It's also a rather stark condemnation of the ethics and integrity of mainstream American white culture to admit that these symptoms of racism persist.

    People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome. - George Orwell

    by paz3 on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 12:32:04 PM PDT

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