Davis brings up the idea that the persistence of racism in the US is legally and technically prohibited but it is still systematically ingrained in politics, law, and the US community at large. She also brings up the point that ignoring this reality and pretending race nor racism are real prevents us from dealing with the problem head-on and actually makes it worse. This set off all the lights in my brain because it helps to articulate something I am frequently trying to convey to people. Ignoring an issue does not mean that it no longer exists. It enables the issue to grow larger and larger with no parameters and slowly make its way into the lives of everyone connected to it. America likes to treat blatant racism as outliers and random occurrences. In fact, it is only dealt with at all when publicized through social media, news outlets, etc. Otherwise, this racism often goes unchecked. Other forms of racism are intentionally not vocalized but have a much larger impact. There is a deviation in reality for those who experience racism and those who perpetuate or ignore it. For example, the relationship that people of color form with police is one of fear that is taught from a young age for the sake of safety. White people often interact with police as friendly neighborhood members who they have the opportunity to know personally and see as human. People of color understand the police as enforcers of a law that treats them as less than human beings and will not defend them and uphold their “inalienable rights”. Davis’s idea interested me so much because it holds a lot of truth that frequently is glazed over and makes such a difference, especially in the divisive America we live in where we can’t agree on what reality for some people is.
Davis Recognizing Racism in an Era of Neoliberalism, Morrison Moral Inhabitants, Olympe de Gouges Declaration of the Rights of Woman
- How do we challenge a system we live in that welcomes the oppression and omittance of the voices of groups of people that go against the status quo?
- How do we connect marginalized communities and strengthen each other’s stories?
- What are the risks you have found associated with disputing the commonly agreed-upon state of injustice?