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Wed May 30, 2018, 01:07 AM

Who watched MSNBC's "Everyday Racism in America" tonight?

What did you think?

I thought it was really powerful. Some of the stories were hard to hear, and yet unsurprising at the same time. Here were some of my biggest takeaways, FWIW:

1) Across the country, we need to have a lot more of these types of discussions. Hearing these stories, and the resulting psychic harm, is needed to help white people "get it". More companies need to take a cue from Starbucks and devote time to educate their employees (and reinforce that training continually).
2) If we're ever going to turn the tide on everyday racism, we need more white people need to speak up when we see racism happening, even in subtle forms. And I don't say that because I think people of color need white people to "save" them. I say it because unfortunately, white people are more likely to listen to other white people. And also because racism is not just a problem for people of color, it's all of our problem. It harms our communities. It harms our workplaces. It harms our humanity.
3) I was amazed and saddened to hear how minority races and religions often must internalize their hurt and anger when they've been discriminated against, or else face even more real danger (being perceived as a "scary" or "angry" black person or muslim, or horror of horrors, both, can lead to police involvement). And I also understand more than ever why some minorities ARE really angry; I'd be beyond fed up too. Who wouldn't?

I wanted to say one more thing before I go: I really debated whether I should post in the African American forum because I am white. My sense is that my posting here might be seen as an intrusion of a safe space (and if so, I do apologize). But then I realized, "oh, that's probably how African Americans feel every day, only on a much larger scale". SMH.

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flibbitygiblets May 2018 OP
applegrove May 2018 #1
chillfactor May 2018 #2
SunSeeker May 2018 #5
pbmus May 2018 #3
KT2000 May 2018 #4
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Response to flibbitygiblets (Original post)

Wed May 30, 2018, 01:16 AM

1. Anderson had a great panel on too.

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Response to flibbitygiblets (Original post)

Wed May 30, 2018, 01:20 AM

2. I agree.....

very powerful program......brought tears to my eyes with some of the stories black people told.

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Response to chillfactor (Reply #2)

Wed May 30, 2018, 02:53 AM

5. +1

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Response to flibbitygiblets (Original post)

Wed May 30, 2018, 01:30 AM

3. We all need to reach out everyday in every way to

Appreciate all human experiences,

translated means to look outside your comfort zone and be safe while doing so....

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Response to flibbitygiblets (Original post)

Wed May 30, 2018, 02:29 AM

4. what I liked

is that the speakers were African Americans without a white moderator trying to present the "other side." That format keeps race as a political opinion. This show emphasized what life is really like - the human experience.

It was an important hour and there needs to be more shows like this.

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Response to flibbitygiblets (Original post)

Wed May 30, 2018, 10:13 AM

6. I watched it with my husband and we agreed we need so much more of

this. Black people hosting and black people telling their stories. We know racism happens every day but I don't think most of us realize the extent of it day in and day out and how it affects people's everyday lives. I wanted to cry at the story of the woman who talked about clerks looking past her and apologizing for having to help the "black women first".

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Response to flibbitygiblets (Original post)

Wed May 30, 2018, 10:13 AM

7. the muslim woman made clear the damage of drumph.

said she never really got shit before. but in the last 2 years has been harassed constantly.

phili was a great choice for the venue.

i wonder what the impact will be, but it was a good start.

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Response to flibbitygiblets (Original post)

Wed May 30, 2018, 10:22 AM

8. It's not a safe space

So first - thank you for posting here. We watched it last night - and my husband kept saying 'see see see'.

He's an immigrant from a European country and he always 'felt it' when he moved here in 2001. When his family lived here in the 70's - his parents deliberately selected an area of the Bronx which WOULD bring their children into contact with people from all walks of life - so he didn't 'see it'.


Then he married me - and he pointed out SEVERAL times where he spoke up when a sales clerk glanced past me. He's also pointed out that it has never happened when we travel abroad.

There is MUCH America could learn in it's retail industry by visiting Costa Rica, Belize, Dominican Republican, Italy, France, Scotland, etc. etc. They might not have any less racial prejudice than America - but there is a much greater respect for the customer.

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Response to flibbitygiblets (Original post)

Wed May 30, 2018, 06:40 PM

9. For this thread

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