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Video of the Week
In the comment section of a New York Times op-ed regarding the recent unrest in Baltimore, Jerry Hough, a professor of political science at Duke University, spouted off his assessment of race relations in the United States. For Hough, the real problem is that unlike Asians, "the blacks" don't want to work "doubly hard." Blacks also hold themselves back, according to Hough, by refusing to date and marry whites.
It seems an appropriate time to revisit cultural critic Jay Smooth's advice on how to tell someone they sound racist. In the above video, Smooth coaches viewers on the importance of drawing a distinction between “the what they did conversation and the what they are conversation.” The former, argues Smooth, focuses on the person’s words and actions; the latter uses these words and actions to draw conclusions about a person’s character. He explains that this is the difference between saying “That thing you said was racist” versus “I think you are racist.” Smooth underscores the importance of keeping the focus on a person’s words and actions (rather than making character accusations). By doing so, the person is held more accountable for their behavior, and the conversation is less likely to get derailed into a sea of defensiveness and posturing.
Smooth builds upon this argument in his TEDx Talk. He also has a helpful video that explains the four different types of racism: internalized, interpersonal, institutional, and structural....Read more and find even more resources related to race and racism on our Pinterest board.