1001streamsofwhiteness

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The title of this section is stolen from the book “Black Cool. One thousand streams of Blackness” by Rebecca Walker in which a broad variety of black authors interpret the notion of black cool via their own experiences. 1001 streams of … tries to explore both ‘black’ and ‘white’ and brings shades of color to this bi-polar identity through race.

1001 streams of whiteness

Rachel Dolezal 

“For a white woman […] to imagine herself into a real-life black identity without any lived black experience, to turn herself into a black history professor without a history degree, to place herself at the forefront of local black society that she had adopted less than a decade earlier, all while seeming to claim to do it better and more authentically than any black person who would dare challenge her—well, it’s the ultimate “you can be anything” success story of white America […] Another branch of manifest destiny. No wonder America couldn’t get enough of the Dolezal story.”
— Ijeoma Oluo

 

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1001 streams of whiteness

Nieuwe helden

“in een ander type samenleving, zou je dus met nieuwe helden moeten komen die andere functies hebben in de samenleving. Niet alleen ‘het veroveren’, maar ook ‘hoe leef je samen’.” 
—Valika Smeulders

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Institutional Racism

White Privilege Is Real, and Now There’s Research to Prove it

This privilege is felt in nearly every sector of society. In the workforce in employers choosing to interview candidates with “white” names over those with “ethnic” ones. […] And in the justice system, white privilege means African Americans make up 57 percent of the people in state prison for drug offenses, even though blacks and whites use drugs at similar rates and whites sell drugs at higher rates.

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Institutional Racism

‘Als witte Nederlander heb je bepaalde privileges’

“Het is in Nederland hoog tijd voor een scherp, breed en inhoudelijk racismedebat. Laten we de Nederlanders die de discussie over het institutioneel racisme in dit land willen aangaan daarom niet langer wegzetten als ‘zeurpieten’ of ‘radicalen’.”
— Zihni Özdil in De Volkskrant

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Spike Lee on Gentrification of BedStuy

My father’s a great jazz musician. He bought a house in nineteen-motherfuckin’-sixty-eight, and the motherfuckin’ people moved in last year and called the cops on my father. He’s not — he doesn’t even play electric bass! It’s acoustic!
—Spike Lee

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Race-ism

Trayvon Martin & Geroge Zimmerman

Greg Cimeno and William Filene thought it would be a good idea to dress up as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman this Halloween, 2013.

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