Tag Archives: Discrimination

Don’t tolerate subtle and subversive discrimination!

There are many examples of subtle forms of racial discrimination. In employment, it can take the form of failing to hire, train, mentor or promote a racialised person. Racialised persons may find themselves subjected to excessive performance monitoring or may be more seriously blamed for a common mistake.

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Race consciousness is key to how we learn to perceive ourselves and the people around us.

Race consciousness is key to how we learn to perceive ourselves and the people around us (even if we don’t always want to admit it); just think of how we describe people—“an elderly asian woman, about five foot three; a tall black man in his thirties, wearing a leather jacket”. In these “identifying descriptions”, race, along with gender, is essential, especially if it is other than white.

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“Can’t you see?” the lady said – “I was given a seat next to a black man…

A 50-something year old white woman arrived at her seat and saw that the passenger next to her was a black man. Visibly furious, she called the air hostess.”What’s the problem, ma?” the hostess asked her, “Can’t you see?” the lady said – “I was given a seat next to a black man. I can’t sit here next to him. You have to change my seat”

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