Sciences says you’re probably racist:
“If you subscribe to a color-blind racial ideology, you don’t think that race or racism exists, or that it should exist,” Tynes said. “You are more likely to think that people who talk about race and racism are the ones who perpetuate it. You think that racial problems are just isolated incidents and that people need to get over it and move on. You’re also not very likely to support affirmative action, and probably have a lower multi-cultural competence.”
The purpose of this investigation was to develop a conceptually grounded scale to assess cognitive aspects of color-blind racial attitudes. Five studies on the Color-Blind Racial Attitudes Scale (CoBRAS) with over 1,100 observations provide initial reliability and validity data. Specifically, results from an exploratory factor analysis suggest a 3-factor solution: Unawareness of Racial Privilege, Institutional Discrimination, and Blatant Racial Issues. A confirmatory factor analysis suggests that the 3-factor model is a good fit of the data and is the best of the competing models. The CoBRAS was positively related to other indexes of racial attitudes as well as 2 measures of belief in a just world, indicating that greater endorsement of color-blind racial attitudes was related to greater levels of racial prejudice and a belief that society is just and fair. Self-reported CoBRAS attitudes were sensitive to diversity training.
If you really don’t want don’t want to be racist, you should actively discuss race and racial privilege. It is especially important that you discuss race if you’re a parent or work with kids, because it will help children to be more aware of social issues.
Thanks, Eric! Always a great resource.
I have just been informed that some people on Tumblr are saying I do not understand that this coding of Asians as black was, of course, an insult. Did any of you actually read the post carefully? Or the quotes in particular?
The coding of black functioned in two ways: for black activists who were in solidarity with Asians and called Asians “black,” it was a show of camaraderie. Huey Newton, for example, told Richard Aoki, “As far as I’m concerned, you black.” And other black activists have also identified Asians as “black.” They did not do so to insult them, but in a show of alliance and affirmation of being in a struggle against white supremacy.
The second way this coding occurred as a historical, legal, and institutionalized form was absolutely pejorative and terrible and led to exclusions and horrible treatment. If anyone believes that I am trying to suggest that such coding was somehow good for Asians or made Asians the same as blacks, then you seriously need a lesson in reading comprehension. What I was trying to demonstrate was that there was a historical reason that emerged in the 19th century for why early 20th century and mid-century activists alike would have reason to call Asians “black.”
Is this clear enough?