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Racism Is A Verb

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I watched the first few minutes of an interview on an important topic, diversity and inclusion, then has to turn it off.

The interviewer was a White male and the interviewee a Black woman and the subject was her work.

It disturbed me that she was laboring to explain her work as he kept on bringing the conversation back to himself and his work; had she read and did she understand the complexity of his sentences?

I was furious watching her try to politely extend him grace.

At the heart of racism is behavior. It’s partly about how you feel, but feelings can’t be quantified. The emphasis should be on teachable moments, not to attack or deplatform, but to gently talk about how words, gestures, tone of voice, and body language can combine to degrade another human being.

I do think that racism is a mental disorder and have noticed that it goes together with other forms of bigotry.


By Dr. Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.

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