Ani DiFranco, White Feminists, and Racism

There have been quite a few good articles about the problem of racism and white centering among White feminists. If you are not familiar with the current conflict, Ani DiFranco has been criticized for planning a songwriting workshop (since cancelled) at a former plantation in Louisiana. In addition to the lack of sensitivity to the issue of slavery, history, and ongoing racism, DiFranco has been criticized for how the situation was handled after the fact. This post is a good one for those of us who are white to read, examining how we can address our own racism, including what to do when we have inadvertently offended someone (with a great comparison with an accidental physical injury).

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-milstein/5-ways-white-feminists-can-address-our-own-racism_b_3955065.html

Related:

The Health Effect of Discrimination – Infographic/Upworthy & the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

While we have to be careful about the word “proof,” the correlation between race and various mental and physical health effects are significant.

http://www.upworthy.com/an-effect-of-discrimination-you-might-have-suspected-but-have-never-seen-proven-until-now?c=ufb1

White supremacy’s long shadow: Why the myth of “race” still haunts America by JACQUELINE JONES

In an excerpt of her new book, “A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race From the Colonial Era to Obama’s America,”  Jacqueline Jones describes how, “decades removed from the lows of segregation, black America still struggles against its twisted logic.”

http://www.salon.com/2013/12/15/white_supremacys_long_shadow_why_the_myth_of_race_still_haunts_america/

“Passing for white and straight: How my looks hide my identity” by Koa Beck/Salon

This personal reflection reveals the nature of race and sexual orientation in the United States, and the related reality of privilege.

http://www.salon.com/2013/12/09/passing_for_white_and_straight_how_my_looks_hide_my_identity/

“How High School Textbooks Indoctrinate Youth with a False and Dangerous Sense of Our Racial History” by Richard Rothstein\Economic Policy Institute

http://www.alternet.org/education/how-high-school-text-books-indoctrinate-youth-false-and-dangerous-sense-our-racial-history

Longer article: http://www.aasa.org/content.aspx?id=30814

Barney’s Lawsuit Puts Spotlight On Race And Branding/NPR

There have beenseveral publicized cases recently of Barney’s (and other retailers, including Macy’s) customers who are black being questioned by employees and police, after buying expensive items. A college student has sued and many are accusing the store of racism.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=242277354

The Unfinished Business of the 1963 March on Washington from the Economic Policy Institute

This infographic compares 1963 to 2012, illustrating how much further there is to go…

http://www.epi.org/multimedia/infographic-unfinished-business-1963-march/

Moment African American firefighter and pastor was cuffed after he waved at cops – who thought he was flipping them off, Daily Mail

Another case study of race and perceptions in the United States. Even if the officers thought he was making an obscene gesture, why would they do this? What about freedom of expression?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2395250/George-Madison-The-moment-African-American-firefighter-pastor-handcuffed-waved-police.html#ixzz2c85ej67r