Scot Nakagawa: Poor black people continue be miner’s canaries and prophets of destruction, their experiences of oppression and exclusion still the tip of the spear of threats to democracy, the security of our citizenship, the stability and security of our economy.
…As our great vulnerabilities are being exposed by a regime that will displace many of us, we should remember this. Our survival may depend on this understanding.
I refer you to Zora Neale Hurston –
“I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background.”
That sharp white background is coming into focus for all of us. But, lest we forget, for some the blinding whiteness of that background has never been beyond view, never anything but the very paper on which the stories of lives of those most targeted by the fulcrum of white supremacy are written.
We live in an age of colorblind racism. We claim we don’t see color, yet American society continues to be organized and divided by race. Race Files exists to lift the veil of colorblindness – to make race and racism visible. We use analogy, pop culture, and personal narratives to tell the story of race and create a language that will help us defeat racism.
Our main focus is Asian Americans, and much that you find here is for and about us. We are a group about which we believe a lot needs to be said, both concerning our experience of anti-Asian racism, and about the particular role Asians play in the racial hierarchy. We are also a group for whom we believe educational resources are needed if we are to play a positive role as the fastest growing racial minority group at a time when racial demographics in the U.S. are shifting in favor of people of color. We invite you to talk back to us, share your own thoughts, and to use what you find useful here to advance the dialogue about race and racism.
Race Files exists to take complex constructs about race and make them understandable. We use analogy, pop culture and personal narrative to create a language for the daily experience of dealing with racism that helps us to name our daily experiences of race and racism, and invites cross-racial solidarity.
We invite those working to promote racial justice to share or excerpt what we share here to advance dialog about race and racism, especially as it involves Asians, Asian Americans living in the U.S., and to join the dialogue about race on this site. Read more.
The Mix e-mag discontinued publishing in March 2017. We want to thank all the readers of this blog.
Trace Hentz, MIX co-editor
THE BIG ISMS launch January 2018: @big_isms on twitter