Reflection post week 7

Racial paranoia is a way for a person to protect themselves from potential discrimination, but also can lead to over sensitivity and perceiving racism even when it is not likely there. It stems from the ending of outward, publicly acceptable racism, to a less formal, quieter/private racism. This informal racism can present itself in non-descript, every-day actions. The subtle behavior and the mundane backdrop therefore provide protection to the di cardio racist and demands the victim extend themselves to see where they may be slighted. This leads to the idea of racial paranoia; the need to be continually hyper-sensitive when around other racial groups.
Racial paranoia is a product of our ‘post racial’ ideal of the US. Having spent many year trying to pull out the formal government and social structures that validated open public racism, society has come to, on the whole, rebuke open displays of racism. With racism removed from the public sphere, it has become a personal, or private act, or di cardio racism. Driving racism from the public forum (and electing an African American man as president) allows for society to declare victory and move on from a painful legacy.
Jackson believes a number of steps need to be taken to move pas di cardio racism and racial paranoia. First we need to admit that there is still racism in our society and that has morphed into this new, private form of racism. We also need to move beyond simplistic assessments of whether a racial driven incident has occurred, the parsing of facts and language in these accusations only leads to further distrust from either side. He goes on to say that it comes down to individual’s action; living in racial diverse neighbor hoods, making friends across racial lines; he states succinctly, “Look for race. Don’t look away from it. I believe Jackson is saying that, by becoming more involved with one-another’s personal/private lives, we have the opportunity to create personal trust, this also leads to the development of a more global trust.

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