Black Ice, "Imagine"
These are the three quotes that really touched me while reading this article. Overall Yamato did a very good job in describing the different types of racism. I had seen it on a personal level in different circumstance but has the title of the article mentions, just didn't have an exact name for it.
Quote 1 :
"Members of the target group are emotionally, physically and spiritually battered to the point that they begin to actually believe that their oppression is deserved, is their lot in life, is natural and right and that it doesn’t even exist. The oppression becomes comfortable."
This quote does a very good job is displaying that racism is a bad habit, that has been ingrained in the system of how this country/world is being run by. One of the core reasons as to why racism is still happening is because when one gets comfortable, with the environment, even though they may not personally agree with what is going one, change seems impossible. Or fear inhibits them to be motivated and look for change. One of the saddest things oppression has done to this country, is how one can feel bad about themselves because of the injustice that has been down to them, without their own control.
"If it seems that your color is the reason, if it seems that your ethnic heritage is the cause off the woe, it because you've been deliberately beaten down by agents of a greedy system until you swallowed the garbage. That is internalization of racism. "
With this quote I just personally enjoyed how to put together the definition of internalized racism. I firmly agree one should be treated for the individual that they are. How they themselves describe and present themselves. Its only fair and right. Yomato did an amazing job with this quote that she honestly says it all.
"Challenge oppression. Take a stand against it. When you are aware of something oppressive going down, stop the show. At least call it. We become so numbed to racism that we don’t even think twice about it, unless it is immediately life-threatening."
I really enjoyed how Yamato ends the article. It is very positive yet realistic. She understands that this will not take an hour,a day or just one workshop. But it will take a lot of time ese
Challenge oppression. Take a stand against it. When you are aware of something oppressive going down, stop the show. At least call it. We become so numbed to racism that we don’t even think twice about it, unless it is immediately life-threatening.
pcially since the oppression lasted for so many years. What I took out of the last message was to stay true to oneself, and really fight for what you know is right. And I agree with her. No one is better then anyone else. The improvement and concern for humanity should be at heart when one is thinking of being unjust or racist, just to try to make this world a tad bit better. One step at a time!