Or, how to tell if you're racist like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The race card will never disappear.
No matter how many concessions white people make, it will always be their preferred tool to destroy us.
Or, as Abdul-Jabbar explains:
Every time the media call attention to racism, it raises the awareness of those who otherwise might not have noticed it around them. It’s a variation of the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon, in which someone learns a new bit of information and suddenly sees the information being used in multiple places in a short period of time. The reason for this is that the brain is constantly inundated with so much information that it rejects what it considers uninteresting (“uninteresting” being things that don’t affect you personally). This process is known as “selective attention.”Simple: Look in the mirror. If you're white, you're a racist.
That’s why the best way to combat racism in the face of selective attention and situational racism is to seek it out every minute of every day and expose every instance we find. And not just racism, but also sexism, homophobia and every other kind of injustice that lessens the principles of inclusion that define this country.
We can’t let others control the perception or the message. We’ve got to go tell it on the mountain ourselves.
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