Think racism, the KKK, and white supremacists are no laughing matter? Folks in Bloomington, Indiana agree, but have an unusual way of showing it.
Organizers say a $75 million International African American Museum will be built beside the Charleston harbor where tens of thousands of slaves first set foot in the United States.
"You’re an immigrant, your granddaddy never owned slaves, so why should you care? Here’s why: It’s only because of the shameful legacy of slavery that our country became the kind of wealthy, free and mighty place your granddaddy would want to immigrate to. This is still the story of all Americans, no matter where your people came from or when they came."
"“To ignore the fact that one of the oldest republics in the world was erected on a foundation of white supremacy, to pretend that the problems of a dual society are the same as the problems of unregulated capitalism, is to cover the sin of national plunder with the sin of national lying,” Coates wrote."
(Source: Washington Post)
As part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Work Progress Administration, more than 2,000 first-person accounts of slavery were collected, as well as 500 black and white photographs.
For fear of perpetuating racial misunderstandings, being seen as a racist, making children feel badly, or simply not knowing what to say, many white parents tend to believe that there is never a right time to initiate a conversation about race.
I’VE been feeling a little “unsettled” recently.
As the buffet of bigotry continues to serve up dishes seasoned with hate, these last few weeks I have begun to notice more fair-minded people taking a stance.
While these awful episodes of enmity saturated the media, so too did comments of outrage and anger that racists were wandering around free in society disguised as normal people. Or the Prime Minister.
Actor, academic, writer and activist Dr Gary Foley, who appeared in the program and starred in Basically Black, says back in those days, black power speeches were often met with hostility, but you could say almost the same thing within theatre and frame it with humour, and it would be well-received.
Lyn Brodie from the Lowitja Institute, who hosted the event, said: “Talking about racism will ensure that there is a voice that provides an alternative thinking. Those who have experienced racism will no longer feel alone and bring to the fore ways to change our society for the better.
“It will find new ways to address racism and promote diversity within Australia.”
Fr Rod Bower comments on Australia s shadow self, the underbelly of a fair go. The refugee policies Australians can t or won t admit to.
In this ‘shadow dynamic,’ the ‘enemy’ is created and all the secret sins of a people are projected onto and, hopefully, though rarely, eradicated in this created enemy. It is the projection of the perceived superior onto the assumed inferior. It is the cause of much of humanity’s atrocities and pain throughout history. It is the proven tool of the regime that seeks nothing but power. It is the chosen weapon of the sociopathic leader, and a tried and tested system of social control.
For if we did see our shadow, we would have to make a series of challenging choices regarding what we do with it: are we likely to integrate our shadow and deal with it, working through the issues of our racism and the consequences of its application?