And here are 7 things beginning with the letter ‘D’ that somebody, somewhere has deemed racist.
The death penalty and white people who support it are racist, according to Slate. A long time ago, white people used the death penalty as a tool of racial control, the piece explains, and more white than black people support capital punishment today. Therefore if you support the death penalty and you’re white, you’re racist. Because absolutely nothing has changed since the Civil War or even the Civil Rights movement.
When Manuel Sykes, a black preacher running for Congress in Florida, was told in a blunt voicemail his 2014 run would not be supported by the Democratic Party, he saw racism. “Well, what they’re saying is, ‘Stay in your place,” he explained in a May interview. “It’s OK to run for local elections, state elections, but you’re not going to represent us in Washington. … We want your vote but the rest you stay out of.'”
A&E’s hit reality TV series “Duck Dynasty,” which is a show about a loving family who makes duck calls for a living, isn’t just racist, it’s apparently an agent of white supremacy. In a discussion last December about a growing “us versus them culture” in the U.S., MSNBC’s Michael Eric Dyson said Phil Robertson and the Duck Dynasty “is part of a majority white supremacist culture that either consciously or unconsciously incubates hatred toward those who are different.”
Some dogs are apparently racist, although they are not born that way, unlike white people. Animal Behaviorist Crista L. Coppola explains: “Dogs are not born racist. Some will however be reactive towards a certain ‘look’ of people if they were not socialized properly to that ‘look’ when they were pups and/or they have a bad experience with people that ‘look’ a certain way…”
Lots of Disney movies are racist, and “Dumbo” is one of them, according to this important listicle. In probably one of many offending scenes, faceless black men pitch a circus tent and sing a happy song with these lyrics: “We slave until we’re almost dead / We’re happy-hearted roustabouts” and “Keep on working / Stop that shirking / Pull that rope, you hairy ape.”
The democratic process is a tool of racism, according to former Colorado Senator Angela Giron. When thousands of citizens angry about her votes to restrict their Second Amendment rights gathered enough votes to hold a recall election, she played the race card. “I know it’s partially about me being a Latina and being in this position of authority,” she said, before being ousted from office in the 2013 recall election.
Racism began in part with renowned philosopher Descartes making the statement “I think, therefore I am,” according to Berkeley Law professor John A. Powell. At a White Privilege conference in May, he explained it this way:
“So whiteness, actually, is very tied to our modern sense of self. And this was part of what’s called the ‘Enlightenment project.’ So that project, which goes back to people like Descartes — remember Descartes, where he says, ‘I think, therefore I am’? So he had the separation of mind and body. He had the separation of the mind, rational mind, from nature. So this radical individual that perceives himself — and it largely was a him — as being isolated from each other, isolated from nature, hostile to nature in a scary world, was also a white self. So the expression of the self, the modern self, is actually racialized.”
As you can see the details are murky, but the important point is that Descartes was part of the Enlightenment, which is responsible for our radicalized identities, which is responsible for racism.
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