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Experiences of racism can range from microaggressions, cultural appropriation, to blatant hate crimes, and physical assault.
Race-based stress and trauma extends beyond direct experiences of racism. We are surrounded by the constant reminders that race-related danger can occur to anyone, at any time, and anywhere. We can experience vicarious traumatization from the constant reporting, sharing, and witnessing of racist instances against people we may not know but share a cultural history with.
Copyright ©2020 Dr. Tony Evans
Cultural appropriation is the inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, traditions, fashions, and ideas of minority cultural groups by members of a different and more dominant group; however other minority groups are capable of cultural appropriation, as historically minority groups have been separated from one another by the dominant group. Cultural appropriation differs from cultural exchange in that cultural exchange is the voluntary sharing of cultures, whereas cultural appropriation is aspects of one minority culture being taken by another of a more dominant culture, without context. Often those who are appropriating another’s culture are lauded and praised for the stolen aspect, while those from that culture are either treated terribly for exhibiting that aspect of their culture, or completely banned from doing so.
Cultural appropriation is the result of globalization and the continuation of the colonization mindset – which is the belief that intervention is needed for the betterment of another people, and that what is theirs is also ours. Often when attempting to defend cultural appropriation people will point at examples of cultural exchange, or at a different example of cultural appropriation. Cultural appropriation is a form of theft, even if not legally, and can very easily lead to the degradation of cultures. That is because that which is sacred and has cultural protocol within one culture, is often taken without context, without the proper protocol, and then it is diluted, and trivialized by those that are appropriating it.
Copyright ©2017 PBS
Anti-Black Racism, or Anti-Blackness, is the term used to highlight the unique nature of the systemic racism that Black people experience globally. It includes the distinct and complex history of the oppression of Black people; from the codification of Blackness, the displacement and disenfranchisement of Black people through colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade, and the continued othering of Black peopleTo say that Anti-Blackness is just racism against Black people oversimplifies the matter; Anti-Blackness is rooted in society's disdain, disregard and disgust towards the very existence of Black people. In other words, Anti-Blackness is rooted in society's wilful inability to recognise Black people's humanity. Anti-Black Racism is systemic and systematic, meaning that Anti-Blackness is intentionally spread throughout the very fabric of society. Anti-Blackness is so embedded in society, that it is commonplace; it’s in our policies, institutions, economics, and within our cultural norms. Anti-Black beliefs and attitudes are internalised to the point that Anti-Blackness tends to only be noticed by Black people; as such, anyone is capable of Anti-Blackness.
Copyright ©2020 The Agenda with Steve Paikin
If someone is making you feel unsafe, remember that it is not your fault and that you are not alone. Please consider reaching out for help.