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Should I do work for a racist?

I have been asked to some work for a racist, and I don't want to. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2014 - 50 answers

 

How to love the hater?

What should I do about the bigotry of close family members? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Feb 15, 2014 - 18 answers

Toys of color

So this post and all of its links sent me on a huge links chain, and I'm disturbed that I never really thought about it that much. Except it's highly likely that my future kid is going to need this consideration and now I feel overwhelmed. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jan 30, 2014 - 19 answers

How do you deal with racists you are in a position of power over?

In a professional capacity, I have to deal occasionally with racists that I am in a serious position of power over. I would like some ways that I can show that I do not approve of racist behavior, without treating these vulnerable people badly or reinforcing their racism. Please help! [more inside]
posted by corb on Jan 3, 2014 - 37 answers

How can I be less sensitive about things I should really expect by now?

I would like tips on how to have a thicker skin when people say offensive things or especially when people defend offensive things. You know how whenever there's a racist incident someone says "but was anyone really surprised?" Well I am that person who is somehow always surprised and I tend to cry a little. I cry over comments on the internet. I don't know anyone else who reacts like this and I'm afraid I'd just be dismissed because there really are more important things going on. I want to respond less dramatically, maybe just shrug my shoulders or say something intelligent but not get so upset.
posted by Danila on Dec 23, 2013 - 26 answers

Searching for that OTHER Racist Song About Chinese Food

So Alison Gold's "Chinese Food" is a thing, and it made me remember an internet song from ~2002 or so. It was called "Ching Chong Wong" and was to the tune of "Long Train Runnin'". Anybody know where it came from? [more inside]
posted by papayaninja on Oct 19, 2013 - 2 answers

Racism and China in Science Fiction

Is David Wingrove's Science Fiction series Chung Kuo Sinophobic? If so, why? And is it so racist that one should not buy or read the novels in order to avoid supporting Wingrove's point of view? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Children's books that include children of color?

I'm looking for board books that do not just portray white children. Books appropriate for ages 1-4 would be fine, but I'm buying for a 2-year-old so a bit on the simpler side is better. Thank you!
posted by the young rope-rider on Sep 23, 2013 - 47 answers

Non-stereotyped shoe shining picture?

The professor with whom I co-teach a class used a picture of a man getting his shoes shined in order to make a (weak) analogy in class today. Very unfortunately, he picked a picture depicting a black man shining a rich-looking white man's shoes. Can you help me make the most of this situation? [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle on Aug 29, 2013 - 12 answers

How and when should I tell my son of his namesake's racist nickname?

My son will most likely at some point think he is Chinese. He is named after his great-grandfather. When and how should I explain to him that his great-grandfather's nickname was a racial-slur against Chinese people? [more inside]
posted by wobumingbai on Aug 7, 2013 - 18 answers

More voices like Obama's to help me understand race?

I have been struggling to understand and form opinions on racial issues in the US for most of my adult life. The whole conversation is so loaded with value-judgments that my thinking gets all tangled up. I feel like I'm missing a strong philosophical and moral framework from which to form opinions about individual issues. I'm ready to do some reading and heavy thinking so I can think more clearly about this. President Obama's speeches on race have really resonated with me. Any suggestions for books or writings with a similar attitude? [more inside]
posted by Gravel on Jul 21, 2013 - 26 answers

Itazura na Kiss, Zainichi Koreans, and Japan

How is the character of Kinnosuke Ikezawa from "Itazura na Kiss" viewed in Japan? [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses on Jun 30, 2013 - 0 answers

I miss the liberal, progressive South...

I moved from a liberal city in the South to New York City, and now it seems that every other person I talk to is openly racist. I was not prepared for this and have no idea how to handle it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 30, 2013 - 63 answers

You serve coffee now, just deal with it already.

An adult woman who used to bully me in elementary school flaunted an ugly childhood memory in my face while serving my coffee today. How to tactfully deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2013 - 77 answers

Help needed with tranlsating term referring to someone's skin colour.

I am translating a text which contains a sentence about someone who is "coloured". People in the US: what is an acceptable way to translate this? [more inside]
posted by miorita on Apr 22, 2013 - 31 answers

Psychological implications of bigotry

What happens psychologically to people who fight or confront bigotry for longer periods of time? Are there any studies about depression, PTSD or self-esteem issues? How do anti bigotry/discrimination organizations help their members with these problems?
posted by Foci for Analysis on Mar 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Help! I'm living in a "Family Guy" episode.

My boyfriend of a little more than a year is a totally. great. guy. With one exception: he thinks that being funny means saying whatever overtly racist, homophobic or sexist joke he can think of as a response to many situations. I always stop and tell him it's not cool, then he says, "what? I'm just kidding." Now, I worry he might actually be pretty sexist. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2013 - 181 answers

People who aren't discriminated against anymore?

It always seems that ending racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination ends up being a whackamole sort of game: get rid of slavery, and people will still try to be racist, they'll make Jim Crow laws and institute poll tests and all that stuff. Are there any example of groups of people where this didn't happen, where the discrimination against them basically went away without any, or with only insignificant consequences?
posted by curuinor on Mar 17, 2013 - 25 answers

Handling accusations of long-past misbehavior? Difficulty: Did I do it?

In 2008, due to some personal problems, I closed out a Facebook account I was using at the time. I have since been accused of saying things via that Facebook account that I don't quite believe I would have said. [more inside]
posted by Infinity_8 on Mar 16, 2013 - 25 answers

Can you stage Peter Pan in a way that is respectful to Native Americans?

Is there a way to stage Peter Pan that is respectful to Native Americans? [more inside]
posted by straight on Mar 11, 2013 - 26 answers

How to stage a Privilege Intervention

I have a friend who has a long history of saying hurtful things based on stereotypes to his friends. I want to gather his friends and stage an intervention. How to go about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2013 - 21 answers

Looking for different media sources

After reading this article, I'm interested in varying the way I get my media more. Aside from places mentioned in the article, Ebony, Latino, PODER, Essence magazines, what should I be reading that will give me more perspective from people of color? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Feb 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Egging!

My family's house was egged. What can I do, and how should I react? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Feb 8, 2013 - 16 answers

Am I living with a racist?

I'm Indian, living with a white roommate for the past few months. Most of my friends and previous roommates are white, and this is the first time that I'm feeling uncomfortable, so I don't think I'm being oversensitive. But perhaps I am, and I thought people can shed some light. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2013 - 39 answers

Dealing with casual bullying/racism at work?

I'd appreciate your advice on dealing with what seems to me racist joking/bantering at work -- particularly when it's directed at me. This is my first white-collar job since moving to North America, and I think this kind of "joking around" is unacceptable but this office's culture seems to tolerate it. [more inside]
posted by papafrita on Jan 27, 2013 - 32 answers

Exclusive Spaces Primer

I want to know more about the theory and practice of exclusive spaces for groups perceived as oppressed or subaltern, as in exclusively gay spaces, exclusively racialized spaces, trans only spaces, women only spaces, etc. [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Jan 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Should I bring up this family incident from the past that still upsets me?

Should I bring up this family incident from the past that still upsets me? [more inside]
posted by sunflower16 on Dec 25, 2012 - 32 answers

Help me deal with my sister's baby daddy's behavior.

I have a problem with my little sister's baby daddy. He's racist, bigoted, irresponsible, and I can see that he's a bad person for my sister and their child. It's driving me crazy, and being around him is breaking my heart. What can/should I do? Warning: some derogatory language within. [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Dec 22, 2012 - 47 answers

Why did the KKK form?

A question about why the KKK formed in the first place. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Dec 16, 2012 - 16 answers

Reagan did it?

How reliable is the idea of CIA introducing or dealing crack cocaine to poor black neighborhoods in the 1980s? How involved was the CIA in drug dealing in general? [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose on Nov 9, 2012 - 8 answers

What's his naaaaaame?!

Help me remember this notable (Chicago?) activist guy. [more inside]
posted by nile_red on Nov 8, 2012 - 2 answers

There is no Jay Smooth video about this one.

I have never used "Jew" as a verb. I no longer "welsh" on debts, and I haven't used "gyp" since I was educated on the racism behind that term. Do I also need to stop using terms like "Mexican standoff", "Chinese firedrill", and "kabuki dance" if I intentionally don't want to create offense to a reasonable person in another cultural group? I grew up in very homogeneous territory and so I'm still learning. Please school me. I love words, I love colorful language and descriptors, but I don't want to be an ass. Words matter.
posted by availablelight on Sep 17, 2012 - 58 answers

Why blacking up as a Civil Rights pioneer is just not okay

How do I explain to someone in the UK that "blacking up" as Tommie Smith is not acceptable? [more inside]
posted by lumiere on Jul 24, 2012 - 44 answers

Where does young hipster Mr. Rogers hang out?

I don't know where to meet people who are smart but not arrogant about it, or smart and also socially functional. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2012 - 24 answers

Racial Hostility in the Workplace

Co-worker just ended a diatribe about different types of Black people. We want to see consequences for this person. How do we write this report to HR? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Jul 6, 2012 - 30 answers

How do I respond when people insult themselves while complimenting me?

How do I respond when people insult themselves while complimenting me? Especially, when those insults are race related. [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith on Jun 27, 2012 - 52 answers

Times change, I need a new phrase for a difficult situation

I need a replacement for the colloquialism "tar baby". [more inside]
posted by unixrat on Jun 25, 2012 - 31 answers

Reverse Racism at Work?

While faxing at the front desk at my job, a few co-workers were sitting around chatting. An African American co-worker was telling few Hispanic co-workers a story about how her and her friends were overlooked while shopping at Coach, "because the clerk was only paying attention to the (mouths the word "white" while my back was turned) girls. She goes on the explain that they left the store and called to complain that they were ignored because of their race. I was the only white person there (and not part of the conversation) and I would never have been telling a story if the reverse was true, so was this racism in the workplace? I surely felt uncomfortable. What can/should I do?
posted by EquineProcine on Jun 18, 2012 - 49 answers

What's this book I didn't buy?

What book about white privilege did I look at that one time in a bookstore and not buy? Details inside [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Jun 8, 2012 - 6 answers

empirical studies on contemporary racism & discrimination

I'm interested in resources relating studies on discrimination in the United States today. I'm thinking of something along the lines of this Tim Wise post linking to a bunch of studies, but something a little more comprehensive, recent, without links through Facebook, if possible. Am particularly interested in data along the lines Wise mentions, about contemporary discrimination against African Americans in housing, employment, etc. Does this exist? Thanks!
posted by ibmcginty on May 2, 2012 - 1 answer

Was Rosa Parks asked to move back, or stand?

Was Rosa Park's bus full, or were just the white seats full? Was she asked to stand, or move to the back of the bus? [more inside]
posted by antiquark on Apr 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Need "hook" for 7th grade lesson

I am a technology specialist and I am designing a lesson for 7th graders on stereotypes, racism, getting along, choices and I need a "hook". [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna on Apr 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Tuning out the family

I need help dealing with hateful relatives. [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on Mar 26, 2012 - 42 answers

Webcomics about minority groups

Please recommend regularly-updated webcomics that are largely about the experience of a minority group. [more inside]
posted by painquale on Mar 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding

Please help me explain why a racist joke is still racist. I have a (now ex-) friend who is still friends with some of my friends. He thinks it's okay to tell "jew jokes" because "jews are white like us so it's not racist". Never mind that I'm of mixed heritage (not "white like us"); though I don't believe I have any Jewish ancestry, I know quite a few of my friends do. [more inside]
posted by _paegan_ on Feb 29, 2012 - 35 answers

Help! My kindergartener is a racist!

How do I explain to my six-year-old that different is good? (And do damage control until the lesson sinks in?) [more inside]
posted by missrachael on Feb 9, 2012 - 15 answers

I need something from the Department of Snappy Retorts.

What can I say to people who make racist comments about my baby? [more inside]
posted by gentian on Feb 2, 2012 - 79 answers

Help me explain to my dad why it is not a double standard that white people can't say the "N-word".

Help me explain to my dad why it is not a double standard that white people can't say the "N-word". [more inside]
posted by efsrous on Feb 1, 2012 - 57 answers

Studies on racism?

Studies on race and racial epithets [more inside]
posted by satyricaldude on Dec 20, 2011 - 13 answers

This is why I work 9-6

How would you deal with hearing racist slurs on the subway? How could I have done this better? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 23, 2011 - 44 answers

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