Dear “Colorblind” people,


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.

A CHRONOLOGICAL SUMMARY: How Asian American experiences and discussion is co-opted into a wankfest on antiblackness by irresponsible fucks

Reblogging for front page visibility as I will not be on Tumblr as much over the next few days.

I really resent that I have to do this because people just love to blow shit up and love dramu so much that they can’t get their heads out of their asses long enough to actually be responsible and do all the reading in the chronological order in which posts went up. I could be writing a post on model minorities, but instead I am doing this because no one cares to be responsible and instead wants to keep on wanking on by relying on hearsay.

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also anyone who thinks asian americans as a monolithic group do not face police brutality needs to STFU. let's talk about post-9/11 racial profiling of brown asians. or watch AKA Don Bonus, about cambodian refugees. my friend also has plenty of stories of her chinese-vietnamese tattooed husband and his southeast asian community being specifically targeted and mistreated by police. upper middle class asians receive class privilege, not some kind of mythical "asian privilege." — Asked by bu-liu-xia-deactivated20121217


some more brown writers: jasbir puar, gayatri gopinath, sunaina maira. puar and gopinath also write about intersections b/w queer theory & critical race theory. sukhdev sandhu teaches about south asian diaspora but i'm not sure if he's written extensively on it - he mostly writes about british literature, it seems. — Asked by bu-liu-xia-deactivated20121217

Thanks, Eric! Always a great resource.

Clarification re: Asians were historically coded as black

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?