Food for Thought Tag: Systemic Racism

Bob Stilger

THE CHARACTERISTICS OF WHITE SUPREMACY CULTURE

These are some of the characteristics of white supremacy culture which show up in our organizations. Culture is powerful precisely because it is so present and at the same time so very difficult to name or identify. The characteristics listed below are damaging because they are used as norms and standards without being pro-actively named or chosen by the group. They are damaging because they promote white supremacy thinking. They are damaging to both people of color and to white people. Organizations that are people of color-led or a majority people of color can also demonstrate many damaging characteristics of white supremacy culture.

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Bob Stilger

Get Involved: Youth Empowerment Action (YEA) Camp

Before we can share our own big news with you below: Wow. What a time in history this is.

Hundreds of thousands of people are courageously rising up in defense of black lives, and police are showing off their brutality in cities all across the country.

There is so much we can all do, and protesting is just one of them.

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Bob Stilger

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

White Fragility is a vital, necessary and beautiful book, a bracing call to white folk everywhere to see their whiteness for what it is and to seize the opportunity to make things better now. DiAngelo joins the front ranks of white anti-racist thinkers with a stirring call to conscience, and most important, consciousness, in her white brothers. White fragility is a truly generative idea… an idea whose time has come.

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Bob Stilger

RULES FOR PRIVILEGED STRAIGHT WHITE MALES

The social justice issues being addressed in our world at this turbulent time are mammoth, reflecting long-standing structural and systemic racism. Privileged straight white males have been guardians of such systems, purveyors of it, whether intentionally or unintentionally, and have benefited from it, including myself. This is about the transition from Straight White Males RULE to rules for straight white males.

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Bob Stilger

My Grandmother’s Hands

My Grandmother’s HandsResmaa Menakem points out that one of two things will happen now. Ideally, America will grow up and out of white-body supremacy; Americans will begin healing their long-held trauma around race; and whiteness will begin to evolve…The other possibility is that white-body supremacy will continue to be reinforced as the dominant structured form of energy in American culture. In much the same way Aryan supremacy dominated German culture in the 1930s and early 1940s.”

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