In 'Ozark,' as in 'Breaking Bad' and 'Weeds,' the drama, comedy and surprise depend on the families being white.
By directly addressing them, Trump mobilized them with a rare, and therefore, disturbing, ease. He deliberately fed their
These are the questions I believe God is asking of the white church. Do we care more about our privilege than the lives of our brothers and sisters? Do we worry more about offending our congregations than moving into a just society? Do we not have ears to hear and eyes to see?
For a while now, I've been thinking about how terms like "white privilege," "inclusion" and "unconscious bias" all sound just... too nice. Don't they seem a little on the pleasant side for words used to address a system of racist oppression?
As a self-proclaimed "woke" white dude, it's sometimes difficult to know how to participate in conversations about race that matter deeply to me. The last thing I want to do is suck up oxygen from the voices that need to be heard.
If we don’t see race, we can’t see racism.
He beamed at me, confident that he had just bestowed upon me one of the great accomplishments that all multiracial women hope for: the badge of honor for completing the last arch in a white man's hook­up rainbow.
We hit a point where he had to change or we were going to separate. That point was the Trayvon Martin trial and verdict. From the moment Trayvon's murder became visible, I dismissed the idea that his murderer's actions were justifiable in any way. Imagine my surprise when Kevin said that the evidence supported the murderer's account.
One word that seems to have become quaint to us is the word "prejudice." We seem to have forgotten prejudice's destructive power. Prejudice is an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
White authors, we are present in every word and every comma of our work. Our stories are not just stories--they're not--but reflections of us, our worlds, our flaws. Our fantasies do not exist in a vacuum; they are pulled not only by gravity but the weight of reality.
We (white lefties) need to get better at decentering our dominant identities, which can be tough when much of the world is structured, in part, on a scaffolding of white supremacy that places those identities at its center.
As well-meaning, white Americans, we are used to more palatable forms of racism that mask their racist roots and make us feel comfortable. We've grown so accustomed to seeing the wolf in its thinly veiled sheep's clothing, and so reluctant to see otherwise, that the wolf itself shocks us.
I know you feel called out, especially if this happened in front of other people, but here is the good news. No one is trying to correct that one totally bigoted cranky old uncle at the Thanksgiving table.
"Racism is a profound neurosis that nobody examines for what it is."
No one mentions the ways the children are failed, how it is not the responsibility of students of color to educate their ignorant white teachers. No one is horrified that these students were yet again disadvantaged by a system we hold up as the best way for these same kids to get a leg up.
Living as whites within a system that gives us unfair advantages, we often continue to act out those advantages with people of color, even as we seek to address inequity. We expect to lead when we should follow. We expect to teach when we need to learn.