Racism used to be a lot easier to understand.
In the old style, racism was — essentially — when someone said, “I am racist.”
These days, it’s when somebody says, “You are racist.”
Quite the change.
And as part of our new paradigm, a professor at Simmons University is pinpointing perniciousness.
Ambient Digital Racism: an Interview with Assistant Professor Felipe Agudelo | Simmons University https://t.co/sAPwDbIX60
— MuslimARC (@MuslimARC) June 10, 2021
Felipe told the private women-focused college there’s a new kind.
In fact, he said, it’s a “sophisticated and even elegant” form of expression of the “R” word.
The Boston instructor noted the name: “ambient digital racism.”
He compared it to background noise, and it’s a form of hate speech.
Want an example? Consider this:
So goes racism in the modern era.
Another one: “#AllLivesMatter.”
You know how people engage in casual, normal racism? Well, this is different.
And it’s a failure of comprehension.
“These hashtags represent counter narratives because the argument of ‘You (BLM) are not the only ones that matter’ misses the point of what BLM is saying. We wanted to see how those counter narrative expressions, what we call ambient digital racism, can be confused with normal, casual racist talk that appears harmless but is actually deeply racist.”
It shouldn’t be surprising — after all, our society itself is racist:
“Right now, we live in a racist society, therefore, we have racist people, racist behaviors, racist thoughts, and we have racist knowledge.”
That’s an awful lot of racism. You know it’s bad when even your knowledge is racist.
We’re apparently in the midst of an ever-broadening understanding, gifted by escalating investigation.
As I recently wrote, “Where societal analysis is concerned, we’re truly in a new Age of Enlightenment. No stone is being left unturned, and it seems with every kick of a rock, more racism is revealed.”
On Tuesday, we learned fatphobia comes courtesy of racism: Per a TikToker very familiar with marketing efforts in
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