Throw away the idea that good people don't have racist and antisemitic preconceptions. Saying "I'm not racist!" is a little like saying "I don't have air in my lungs." Racism is in the air we breathe. The morality doesn't come into whether we were indoctrinated with racist ideas or not, because we are and it's not a matter of choice. The morality is in how we deal with our indoctrination. Do we deny it and double down to become complicit, or face it and dismantle it?
We live with racist ideas and we will die with them. But we can try to do better instead of clinging to the idea that we are Good People who do not need to learn or change. That's just bullshit.
@ljwrites some honkey, immediately: “ok but where’s your EvIdEncE that I have air in my lungs, huh?! You can’t prove it!!”
@s0 Well I'm certainly willing to make the "no air in lungs" scenario a reality for them...
@ljwrites @rhiannonrevolts yep. My maternal grandparents were incredibly sweet, charming, lovely people but they were also racist AF in the insidious, “rarely make an overtly racist comment because of course everyone tacitly agrees with my world view” new england way. They’ve been gone for years but I still struggle to reconcile their sweetness with their ugliness
@rhiannonrevolts yeah, understandable :/ though who knows, sometimes these things have a way of working out. I was highly entertained by a mufo's accounts of her and her siblings ganging up on their racist parents 😂
@ljwrites I think this is why the "racism is something you may or may not do in a particular moment, not something you are or are not" framing can help. It's a continual process, not an intrinsic state of one's personality.
I understand and I agree.
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