Racial ‘myopia’: an unwillingness to understand racism precisely
A Boston College professor of social work has created a “racism denial response information” to assist the alleged racially enlightened problem their less-refined friends.
For Phillipe Copeland, statements similar to “I don’t see race,” “You’re simply taking part in the race card” and “They have been only a individual of their time” all are examples of racism denial.
“Racism denial entails obscuring the fact of racism or minimizing its significance,” Copeland writes in The Emancipator. “Racism denial is a political technique. Its proponents know they profit from racism and need to perpetuate it. They try to persuade individuals racism is now not a difficulty or just isn’t a sufficiently big one to require consideration.”
Copeland says racism denial “is available in many varieties” similar to:
— “Refuting.” Deniers need to see proof that racism is the elemental issue behind “sure conditions,” after which observe up by difficult any proof supplied.
— “Minimizing.” That is trying to color (racist) incidents as remoted issues or “suggesting these incidents are being exaggerated.”
— “Revising historical past.” For Copeland, stating that many/most individuals within the sixteenth, seventeenth and 18th centuries considered slavery as a traditional side of society (that the evolution of civilization is a pure phenomenon) is a “revision.”
— “Myopia.” Outlined as “an unwillingness to understand racism precisely.” In case you imagine racism had little or no position in sure outcomes, you’re racially nearsighted.
Apparently, one of many “Response Methods” below the “Minimizing” class is to “clarify that progress deserves celebration however shouldn’t result in complacency.” But, a technique below “Revising historical past” reads “clarify that the historic interval during which individuals lived just isn’t an excuse for racism and that antiracists have been ‘individuals of their time.’”
In different phrases, progress is an effective factor, however we should always anticipate our centuries-old ancestors to have had the identical values and mores we maintain right now.
— Phillipe Copeland (@PTheeEducator) January 11, 2023
Copeland is “college lead for schooling and coaching” for Ibram Kendi‘s Middle for Antiracist Analysis and founding father of the Antiracist Studying Lab. Based on his college web page, the professor’s “specialties” embrace “theories of justice [and] racial justice,” “#BlackLivesMatter” and “abolition of mass incarceration.” His “private mission” is to “obtain a world with out racism.”
On this @the_emancipator piece, Boston College’s @PTheeEducator breaks down eight types of racist denial, which “entails obscuring the fact of racism or minimizing its significance.”https://t.co/C0r4eAzR2M pic.twitter.com/r33MHzUnR7
— Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram) January 13, 2023
h/t to The New Guard
IMAGES: Boston U. screencap; The Emancipator/Twitter screencap