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Making Twitter safer

So you may have noticed Twitter has a new option to report users for hate speech. How can I help link this to a safer Twitter by getting users banned? [more inside]
posted by sacchan on Nov 26, 2016 - 4 answers

Information to Send my Mother about the Dangers of a Trump Presidency

I would like to put together an email to my mother explaining why I’m so afraid of a Trump presidency and the people it will empower both inside and outside of the White House. I would be grateful for any suggestions you can provide about information to include, especially with sources, particularly anything that makes clear the authoritarian/fascist aspects of current events. I’m not looking to make her read long articles, I just want a clear and straightforward list of points to make that show how scary and out of the ordinary this is for America. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2016 - 10 answers

What practical things do I need to be concerned about?

South Asian female permanent resident with African American citizen partner - we have a child together. How concerned should I be about our future prospects in this country? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2016 - 27 answers

You kiss your mother with that racist mouth?

At a family gathering, my brother made a casually racist joke to me about my partner, out of his earshot. How do I nip this in the bud? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Oct 4, 2016 - 22 answers

How can I deal with problematic family while being a good ally?

As has been noted in many places, including in a recent comment I made on the Blue, this idea of cutting problematic family members loose is weighing heavily on my mind. [more inside]
posted by witchen on Oct 3, 2016 - 46 answers

Resources for feminist, anti-racist professional dress codes?

Asking for a friend: I'm looking for business-minded arguments or resources for dress codes that would not allow more obviously controversial symbols like the Confederate flag, but perhaps not so stringent that it would forbid t-shirts with quasi-political, positive messages (more context below the fold) [more inside]
posted by leemleem on Sep 20, 2016 - 11 answers

How to report workplace discrimination if I don't know their name?

I want to report discrimination against a potential employee, but how can I do this if I don't know their name? [more inside]
posted by jihaan on Aug 31, 2016 - 10 answers

Subtle racist comments

I feel like I have to watch what I say, especially since these days people tend to overreact and cry out racism all the time. It seems as if people try to make something racist or blow everything out of proportion. Can these comments below be perceived as racist? 1) People from India love the heat (since India is a very hot country). 2) Greek people like olives (because good olives are from Greece) I bring up these two examples because a friend of mine said that making absolute statements and referring to an entire population is racist. But these statements sound neutral to me. If they were negative statements then I think that would be racism.
posted by four_suyu on Jul 26, 2016 - 108 answers

Best BLM 101 Resources for the skeptical republican

I have agreed to a challenge by a very right-wing republican on the topic of black lives matter. He is having me read The War on Cops and I can choose 4 hours worth of any material I want for him to read. What are some excellent books/resources that do the best job of explaining the problem for somebody very ignorant of black lives in general? [more inside]
posted by zug on Jul 11, 2016 - 21 answers

Racism pre-101 resources

The racism 101 resources available via Google are all aimed at the kind of person who might Google racism 101, generally a white liberal person who wouldn't immediately stop reading the first time they see the word "privilege". I'm looking for resources for the person at a stage well before that, if such resources exist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2016 - 21 answers

How do I shut down offensive conversations with friends and family?

This isn't a unique problem, but I need help dealing with it. When family and friends engage in political (or not) conversation that veer into racist/sexist/bigoted tropes, how can I shut down the conversation quickly? I don't want to engage in a debate, but I also don't want them to casually rely on old, offensive tropes around me. [more inside]
posted by sock potato on Jun 24, 2016 - 18 answers

Looking for Lovecraftian Fiction that Engages with Racism

I just finished Matt Ruff's Lovecraft Country (verdict: pretty good, although it's more a set of linked short stories than a novel), and I read (or rather listened to) Victor LaVelle's The Ballad of Black Tom earlier this year (verdict: very good, but too short), and I'm looking for other fiction (preferably novels) that build on Lovecraft's influence but also addresses racism. [more inside]
posted by GenjiandProust on Jun 19, 2016 - 10 answers

I think he's been hanging out on Reddit again.

My brother in law, whom I used to like, posted something fairly racist on Facebook today, on the topic of white privilege. I'm looking for suggestions on how to respond to him that would be educational while not making him completely tune me out. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on May 15, 2016 - 11 answers

Breaking down systems of oppression, high school edition

I often have the opportunity to talk about sexism, gender issues, racism and other forms of oppression with groups of high school students while working as an outdoor educator. So cool! I've got a diversity handbook with activities, but they're starting to feel a bit dated. What are the best resources for activities, conversation starters and engaging ways to illustrate big, complicated ideas? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday on May 11, 2016 - 4 answers

Interracial relationship issues

If you are a person of colour in an interracial relationship, what do you expect of your partner in terms of understanding racial issues? In what ways do they show you they are an ally to POC? How much emotional labour do you do to help them with that? [more inside]
posted by yawper on Apr 23, 2016 - 14 answers

Hell is other (racist xenophobic) parents

Fellow parents of MeFi, I need your tips for dealing with racist/xenophobic parents' of my kids' classmates. [more inside]
posted by romakimmy on Mar 22, 2016 - 32 answers

To be young, gifted, and non-white

I'm an introvert working in a newsroom. I'm in a position that manages people, workflow, and the news. The Big Boss started out a Nice Guy but is now The Big Bad. I enjoy the work. I do not enjoy getting treated like shit. How do I keep my sanity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2016 - 24 answers

Searching for a 1990s Anti-Discrimination Radio PSA

In the 90s, I spent a fair amount of time listening to AM radio in Michigan, and I would like to find transcripts or audio recordings of a series of anti-discrimination PSAs that I remember from those days. The general idea was that a boss in an office was trying to fill a job opening but kept turning applicants down because of over-the-top discriminatory reasons (the applicant was {a woman, black, handicapped, ...}), and eventually the business was unable to get anything done and maybe went out of business, because the prejudiced boss wouldn't fill these positions. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Mar 10, 2016 - 3 answers

Semantics of the word Negro

I'm a 33 year old white man. I have always been uncomfortable with the word negro, for a bunch of reasons. So my question is: can I sing along with Beyonce's Formation? [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno on Feb 17, 2016 - 17 answers

Name my blog about race and racism

I'd like to start a blog to provide links each day to informative writing and videos about race and racism. I'd like a good name for it and ideas for theme days, like Wednesdays focused on White fragility. Straightforward and cute names both accepted (and opinions on which one is better). [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on Feb 3, 2016 - 8 answers

How do I deal with external hate influencing my relationship?

I'm a turban wearing sikh. I'm in a relationship with an American. The hate directed our way is making me question the sustainable happiness of this relationship. How do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2016 - 35 answers

Disavowing Trump?

I'm curious and I've looked everywhere and haven't found anything. I was wondering if any of Mr. Trump's family members have distanced themselves from him and his racial and general incendiary remarks? [more inside]
posted by lasamana on Jan 27, 2016 - 11 answers

I'm Biased, Now What?

I manage various affinity groups at a large law firm so I am constantly trying to find ideas and research about programming and how to facilitate change. Can anyone point me in the direction of people (authors, speakers, researchers) who are coming up with "crazy", innovative, and/or shocking ways to address bias at work/in society? [more inside]
posted by jasbet07 on Jan 25, 2016 - 6 answers

Why doesn't UTF-8 include a black frowning face?

UTF-8 includes a white smiling face ☺, a white frowning face ☹, and a black smiling face ☻. However, I haven't been able to find a black frowning face. Why is that? [more inside]
posted by clawsoon on Jan 19, 2016 - 14 answers

How can I combat Islamaphobic accusations about use of public space?

Neighbours of family have been alleging bizarre behaviour from "Muslims" and I'm trying to figure out if this is observer bias, cross-cultural misunderstanding, or what? The specific allegations are public defecation in a park (a long narrow park, where the anyone can be seen from the road and the houses on the other side of the road), and use of other people's private property (specifically lawn furniture/patio furniture). The second one I think may be a misunderstanding, but the first one baffles me. More context: [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Jan 16, 2016 - 12 answers

Help me find non-racist stories about Westerners in Japan

I'm hunting for examples of stories about Westerners travelling to Japan that don't indulge in orientalist/exoticizing/racist tropes. [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Jan 11, 2016 - 14 answers

Your problem is real but your solutions are racist

Are there any management courses or training programs geared towards a supervisor managing ESL employees with not-great English skills? Are there tactful methods of encouraging ESL improvement without singling out said employees? Employees are very educated white-collar professionals, no complaints there, but poor ESL skills are causing difficulty in communicating with the larger company. Also: aforementioned supervisor is a loved one whose frustration has started manifesting in some solidly racist rhetoric. Help. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Jan 6, 2016 - 18 answers

Outragefilter-filter: how to develop a mental filter about bad things

Too much of what I read on the internet makes me angry and upset. This is bleeding into my reactions in real life as well. How can I develop a mental filter and learn to take things less personally? I don't want to just avoid reading about certain topics and becoming less informed overall as a result. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Dec 10, 2015 - 18 answers

Challenging racism

How do I challenge racism and Islamophobia effectively and make a difference? [more inside]
posted by blackzinfandel on Dec 4, 2015 - 11 answers

Made bigoted comment, not sure how to address it

I was talking to a new acquaintance at an event and said something that came across as really bigoted (I had no clue at the time). Is there anything someone has said to you after a similar event that has made you feel more comfortable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Everything is dark

The world seems dark and depressing and full of rasicm and sexism and transphobia. Just general hate. Can you tell me how to not let it eat away at your soul? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Nov 16, 2015 - 44 answers

Are there organisations in the UK to help people escape hate groups?

EXIT-Germany did a famous stunt that turned a Neo-Nazi march into a fundraiser for their organisation, which helps Neo-Nazis get out of that life. Are there groups in the United Kingdom who can help people move on from hate groups? What about the US? [more inside]
posted by rum-soaked space hobo on Nov 16, 2015 - 2 answers

To compare saying "brownie" to saying the n-word IS racist, sorry...

Coworker wouldn't acknowledge that she said the words "brownie" or "nigger" in the first place. That was a few months ago and the tension making those comments created hasn't gotten better. [more inside]
posted by human ecologist on Sep 20, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me not be a patronizing liberal

Please help me understand how to better engage with those who are close to me having an irrational fear of Muslims (especially with Syrian refugees who she believes are full of ISIS operatives) . I want to engage because I can't not say anything anymore. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Sep 17, 2015 - 31 answers

Solve this Memoir/History Problem For Me

Was interracial marriage ever illegal in New York State? What was the status of the law in 1961? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Aug 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Your one-stop cure for racial injustice denialism

Help me compile a list of links to specific, credible studies (and accessible summaries thereof) which demonstrate that anti-black racism is alive and well in America. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Jul 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Books or resources on being a white ally

Do you have any suggestions for books or resources on being a white ally (US-specific)? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by knownfossils on Jun 25, 2015 - 9 answers

Getting involved in organizing efforts against racism

Hi, I'm a white person who wants to get involved in organizing efforts against racism. I'm particularly interested in efforts that get other white people involved in taking action. [more inside]
posted by sb3 on Jun 24, 2015 - 7 answers

How to respond to "positive racism"?

An acquaintance of mine was posting things on facebook that were full of that "positive racism". The kind of stuff where you can say "I wasn't being racist, this is all positive stuff I'm saying about these people". You know, stuff that's in the "Noble Savage" area. I would like to explain how this type of thing still ends up hurting people. Can I get some links to articles that say, better than I ever could, why this stuff is bad for people? [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon on Jun 23, 2015 - 10 answers

Mom being drawn into anti-science/racist conspiracy thought please help

My mom is elderly. She and her husband support my mostly unemployed brother in his 30s. I live far away but talk to her daily. My sibling and his father are into racist, misogynistic ideas and believe the end of the world is coming. They stockpile supplies and make my mom read David Icke (anti-semitism thinly veiled as "reptile aliens" taking over the government) as well as how vaccines and GMOS are poisoning us. I tried to talk to her but she thinks what I say is hard to understand (academic language) so maybe science is hiding something. [more inside]
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose on May 31, 2015 - 11 answers

Never?

Are there any Black members of the SAE fraternity anywhere in the US? Have there ever been?
posted by LonnieK on Mar 10, 2015 - 25 answers

OMFG did you effing seriously just say that.

One of my coworkers said something that feels BEYOND inappropriate, and I don't know what to do about it. Difficulty level: racism. In the office. With lots of Southern cultural baggage. Also, WTF. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2015 - 42 answers

How do I cope with my offensive roommates?

I'm a woman who is living with two straight cismen who routinely have loud, offensive, misogynistic/racist/queerphobic conversations in the apartment's common areas. I'd like them to stop doing this in shared spaces because it makes me and my guests uncomfortable. I need tips for talking to them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2014 - 25 answers

Should I call out my friend for racially insensitive Facebook posts?

The Ferguson incident has of course sparked many reactions from people. Facebook makes it easy for people to share images, articles, and thoughts related to their views on the incident. One of my best friends (since middle school) has been sharing things lately that skirt the boundaries of tolerance for me. I'm uncertain as to the best way to respond to her, or if I should even respond at all. Her latest share on Facebook was offensive to me, and shows a lack of sensitivity and understanding of the real things black Americans are fighting for. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Dec 8, 2014 - 41 answers

What are charities that fight police brutality I can donate to?

The recent events in Ferguson and most recently around Eric Garner in NYC where I live have really hit me and I'd like to donate to make a difference. [more inside]
posted by artificialard on Dec 5, 2014 - 17 answers

On the receiving end of xenophobia in the UK - how to move forward?

I was born in Denmark, but fell in love with a Scotsman so moved permanently to the UK eight years ago. On Friday I was on public transport with a nice 50-something lady with nice hair and a posh accent. Without any prompting she spent the next hour spouting xenophobic nonsense about EU immigrants. The incident really rattled me and I'm struggling to move on. Any tips? More details below. [more inside]
posted by kariebookish on Dec 1, 2014 - 31 answers

"You know, my last three girlfriends were Asian."

How can somebody on the receiving end of the unfortunate manifestations of Asian fetish ("yellow fever") suck it up and get on with her day/life as best as possible? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Nov 30, 2014 - 30 answers

How xenophobic is Basel, Switzerland?

I'm considering a job offer from a Big Pharma corporation in Basel, Switzerland. I'm Filipino-American, currently based in DC, and am concerned about xenophobia and racism in Swiss society.* If you know of any blogs, articles, etc., that touch on this subject on a more personal level, please point me in their direction. I'm especially interested in reading first-person accounts.
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2014 - 10 answers

What are the current non-offensive terms for these activities?

My kids have asked me how to say a few things in English, but I realize the only terms I know were the racist terms used back when I was a kid. What are the current, non-offensive terms for these activities? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Oct 29, 2014 - 43 answers

What do I do?

I found out my beloved best friend really enjoys racist jokes... [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel on Oct 5, 2014 - 53 answers

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