Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people. Use this blog as a reference tool, not as the one and only view on the topic.
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1. What are you hoping to accomplish?
A. Peace of mind- This is a last ditch effort. This is something tangible I can do to let people know the things they’re doing are racist.
B. Help stop the finger bleeding- I’m doing this for my fellow PoC. Every single day I see someone trying to explain things to racist people. The problem is, it’s the SAME STUFF every single day. It’s never anything new cropping up. New questions. New arguments. IT’S THE SAME THING EVERY SINGLE DAY. Maybe, if I answer these things fully, in the best way I know how, they can simply provide a link and beautiful gif of someone giving the finger!
C. To vent my frustrations- I’m a talker. If you’ve seen any of my posts, you already knew that. It somehow makes me feel better to explain things. Sometimes I just want to cuss people out but sometimes, most of the time, I still want to believe that talking helps.
D. Your subconscious- I’m extremely aware that racism is hugely ingrained. I’m aware that people say and do things without fully knowing the strength or weight of their words. I want to say to racists, what you’re doing is wrong and this is why. I want the ball to then be in your court. If you fight what I’m telling you, then I will have my answer and you will have yours.
2. What is your race?
I’m Bi-Racial. Black and white. The things I write about are my experiences as well as the experiences of my fellow PoC. I am very aware that as a light skinned person, I have a certain amount of privilege and that can not be denied. I will do my best to keep my privilege off this page.
3. How long are you going to do this?
This blog’s two year anniversary is January 12, 2014. I’m anticipating that I’ll be writing here for at least another year.
4. Why can’t I ask questions?
During the first year of RacismSchool, I wanted to make sure I addressed specific things. I didn’t feel there was a reason for the ask option to be opened. On July 12, 2013 during this blog’s second year, the asks were opened. The ask option was opened for approximately 4 months. I was not prepared for the sheer number of questions I received. Being extremely busy starting a non-profit and having very little time to give the attention the questions deserved caused me to close the ask. No seriously, I closed the aks in October and was still getting back to people in December. For now, I do answer some (not all) questions over Fan Mail. My followers take precedence.
5. Do you have a Personal Blog?
I used to have a personal blog before I started the Racism School Blog. I deleted it about a year ago.
[Edit] I recently started a new personal blog but would like to keep it personal.
6. Do you consider yourself a “Social Justice” blogger?
Since I spend more time talking about racism in general and not so much about my personal life, yes I do believe I fit into that category. Although, I do not believe everything that has or will be written here can be labeled “Social Justice.”
7. Do you know you spelled something wrong and/or your grammar is atrocious?
Yes. Sorry about that. I’m working on it. I don’t mind it being pointed out for correction. I do however believe that if you use any grammatical mistakes to state that I don’t know what I’m talking about (As anti-sjs often do) you not only are a person with low value but have a very unrealistic grasp on content. Plus, you are very likely a huge asshole.
8. If there was only one thing you could tell every person about racism and race relations, what would it be?
Stop thinking that we’re all the same. Our differences make us great. Our differences are beautiful. Our differences matter. Never choose color blind when you can choose color beauty.
9. Do you reply to every comment left on your posts?
No. I tried that when I first started this blog and it was a nightmare. If I don’t respond to something you wrote in a reply to a post, please don’t take offense. Sometimes, I just don’t go through the post notes, (Often times to maintain my own sanity) sometimes what you’ve said or asked is just too big for a reply and needs it’s own post and sometimes, I just don’t feel like it. I promise, it’s not personal.
10. Do you reply to fan mail?
Yes. If you send me fan mail and I don’t get back to you, I probably haven’t seen it. This is something I really have to work on. I’m terrible with going to my inbox because when I get fan mail, it doesn’t give a notice so I forget to look. I’m trying to look every day but if you don’t hear back from me right away, I promise I’m not ignoring you! (If more than two weeks go by and you haven’t heard back, maybe make sure I saw it. I also have a bad habit of skipping right past messages)
11. Is there anything that you think I should know about you or this blog before I start reading?
Yes. First, this blog should not be your end all, be all for things on racism. I am someone who writes heavily from my own experiences and perspective. Meaning, there will be plenty of things people who look just like me, disagree with.
Second, my grammar is atrocious. If you are a person prone to getting irritated by poor spelling or a misplaced apostrophe, be warned, this blog is going to make your eyes cross. I’m working on it but looking back through some of my old posts even made me weep. It doesn’t hurt my feelings when you point out something that is grammatically incorrect. If you use my poor grammar to dismantle the content however, I will believe you are a blistering idiot and likely speak to you as such.
Welcome to you all and let us together, make the next year of RacismSchool the best school year ever!
[Last updated: December 27, 2013]