Being anti-racist is more than just saying, "Hey! That's racist!"

Just like being a feminist isn’t just about saying, “Hey! That’s sexist!”

But what does it mean, what does it take, to be an ally to an oppressed population when you don’t belong to the oppressed group?

I don’t know, exactly, and several people who are POC will tell you just how clueless I still am, but they’re also the people I’m learning from and I’m grateful. You’ll find many of their blogs in my sidebar, as well as in my RSS reader which I read even before the Ohio blogs folder in my Bloglines account, everyday.

If you want to read about race and talk about race, then you need to learn about how it impacts people who’ve lived it their whole life and who can help you learn about allies and what allies can do. It goes way beyond, and for some people doesn’t even include, supporting Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.

A description of just some of the excellent blogs by people of color or other marginalized groups, with information when I have a personal take:

A Book Without a Cover
My co-panelist and roomie at BlogHer, Adele Nieves, writes this blog and is almost singlehandedly responsible for my watershed moments related to awakening to the enormous POC blogosphere out there, among many other revelations she’s triggered for me.  I owe her a lot.

Angry Black Bitch

Aunt Jemima’s Revenge

The Bilerico Project
I first got to the Bilerico Project by way of a review of WAM!2008 by Jessica Hoffman.  She also wrote what some consider a seminal article about white feminists (a lot of the themes go way past my knowledge but I’m learning/I’ve learned that the content has a lot to do with something called intersectionality and I believe that that concept itself is somewhat controversial in terms of how it’s applied to feminism and racism, among other constructs).

Black Women Vote

Black Women, Blow the Trumpet
Professor Kim Pearson suggested this one on her own blog I believe.

Clueless White Woman
Written by a white woman who has sought to be an ally (and is I believe).

Culture Kitchen
Liza Sabater writes this blog and is one of the most prolific and sought-after WOC bloggers from what I gather. I’ve read about a number of important incidents and opinions on her blogs first and I really enjoy the strength with which she writes.

One of my co-panelists on the BlogHer Race and Gender panel.

Diary of a Content Black Woman
I love this one.

Echidne of the Snakes
Echidne is one of the most established blogs by a WOC.

Jack and Jill Politics
JJP is a staple of many political bloggers across the spectrum and deservedly so.

La Chola
This blog is written by BrownFemiPower.  She is widely revered among people who blog and are active in the POC blogosphere as one of the best POC writers and bloggers.  Her blog is also another from which I’ve read about incidences you’d think we’d know about but don’t and should.

Mixed Race America
Another blog I learned about by asking people I trust re: which POC blogs should I be reading.

Pam’s House Blend
Another absolute must-read, like Jack and Jill Politics.  When something hits the fan – like the Michelle Obama Daily Kos lynching image, I specifically pray that one or more of these (Prof. Kim Pearson is another one, and What Tami Said or What About Our Daughters or Racialicious) have written about it.  To analogize, when something happens with Jews or Israel, I don’t like or need non-Jews who want to appear or sound all empathetic to be getting enraged if it’s not something that’s enraging me.  Sure – they’re entitle to their opinion, but I’m not going to be told that I should be outraged, thank you. I can figure that out on my own – and by doing some surveying of how others, far more directly affected than I am, are reacting.

Professor Kim’s News and Notes
Prof. Kim is great – is a contributing editor at BlogHer.

Another recommended to me blog that I find to be excellent.

What About Our Daughters
Gena McCauley I believe is her name – she organized or had a big hand in Blogging While Brown.  Great blog.

What Tami Said
I love Tami.  She’s another person to whom you’ll say, thank you for blogging.

Excellent blog.

Women Wired In
The blog of Shireen Mitchell of Digital Sistas who has a connection with our Bill Callahan.

Worker Bees
This blog is written by one of the three co-founders of BlogHer, Elisa Camahort.

There are some excellent WOC bloggers on BlogHer who’ve been writing about race lately and the threads have some fantastic discusions.  Here’s a sample (and it really is just a sample):

Kelly Wickham of Mocha Momma and Rita Arens of Surrender, Dorothy get it in on big time here.

Laina D just got the party started on this thread.

And Nordette does so here.

Last but not least, Clueless White Woman – the sister I never had. 😉

One of the things I love about BlogHer is that, because it’s such a large community and conversation is so highly valued, it is really easy to say stupid things, say that you know you might be saying something stupid and people will not come to your rescue but will say, well, yeah, – you’re right that is stupid – but here’s why and what’s going on and where to go with that.

Anyway – happy reading.  I couldn’t decide whether to have a sidebar header for Women of Color or People of Color but i just really want to point out these resources and writings – they make the blogosphere so rich and especially for Ohio political bloggers, who count no people of color that I know of as part of the sphere – and if there are some, please, let us know.

7 thoughts on “Being anti-racist is more than just saying, "Hey! That's racist!"

  1. Hi, Jill. Thank you for mentioning me, and thank you for spotlighting this important topic. I also wanted to let you know of a post by Maria Niles that went up at BlogHer this weekend, “Identity Politics is Dead, Long Live Identity Politics.” It’s possible we’re making progress.

    I also read Black Women Blow the Trumpet. Lisa’s posts are very provocative. I plan to drop by some of these other bloggers you’ve mentioned that I don’t know.

  2. Do things really break nicely into groupings, people are people until they start with the grouping, categorizing one selves.

    Some people have it together and some do not, it spans race and gender.

    I was in Maryland with a friend, we were walking and a person was pushing a stroller, the child was crying and the parent said to the child…”oh its all in your head”?

    My friend and I both laughed, it was funny.

    I do not constantly think about gender and race, I like to be myself with everyone, however sometimes people that I deal with are to me too much into gender and race, even orientation becomes too much of a person central identity.

    The internet is not all reality, saying a person needs a real name is validating the lowest level of behavior, fear of punishment. Wanting to know more about a person to validate their opinion demonstrates a lack of individual knowledge. There is primary and secondary information, today we need to separate real intellect from conjecture.

    I give everyone the benefit of the doubt and I am for sure not alone, but what I will not do is lower my standards, that’s not race that that’s class. Its not related to how much money you have or were you where educated or how you earn your daily bread.

    In the big picture we all need score cards, something that accurately records who we are and what we have attained. People force people into boxes, it can be as simple as a zip code or as ignorant as a web browsers history. This type or that type…and how can we get money from them.

    Some things that need to be addressed, as the population grows, then efficiency replaces profit, the end of an era, do not deliberate too long.

    Twenty percent of the population see the big picture, the problems occur when the other eighty percent get control, things get very confusing and people get frustrated. They undermine people, they discredit them. If I consistently score in the ninety percentile and then all of sudden I score in the fifty percentile, then what is it me or is it the test?

    What we all need to do is avoid being sophomoric, I can not count the number of times I have had to listen to people explain things to me that are not even correct. Consider if you are in the foothills or at the summit. Keep in mind that some get jealous when you climb fast and steady, others look on in admiration it takes time to see the real person you cannot read a book by its cover, its not race and gender. Many people fall into the traps that society lays out.

    Its a conscious, its the person that is trying to be the best that they can be and looking for the same in others, see past the groupings or all you will get is disappointed and or betrayed

  3. Jill… one word for one addition.


    I’m not sure if Michelle still blogs (Eric does for sure), but Wampum would be inclusive of a First Nation and a female blogger.

    And, lo and behold, I believe the Williams are currently in Ohio to boot!

  4. This is a wonderful post in that it points me to some talented bloggers that I might never have known … including providing an URL for the Queen Twitterer, Elise, who I met at the Blogging While Brown conference last week.

    Asante sana for taking time to do this!

    peace, Villager

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