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Created: June 20, 2004
Latest Update: June 20, 2004
Attempting to undo the harm done by institutional racism is complex, messy, and painful for most of us. This is especially true because the kind of discrimination that comes from disciplinary (rule-based) authority, rather than sovereign (power and chain-of-command-based) authority is subtler and harder to see and to convey to others when it is happening. Part of the reason for this is that there is no perpetrator. There is no person whose actions directly causes institutional discrimination. "Objective" rules, grown into ritual over time as various subjectivities were privileged wreak this subtler discrimination, so that all may claim innocence. This is one of the sources of the confusion and frustration felt by Angelo Ragaza in "I Don't Count As 'Diversity'". Newsweek, February 8, 1999. Link is not working as of June 20, 2004; but you might try searching Newsweek archives.
- Don't we all bleed the same?
- The Ostrich Doesn''t Look Like Me for kids.
- institutional discrimination
- everytime I get there, they change the rules
- we can't do everything, so we'll just forget about the teens and start with pre-school. And the teens?
- Mrs. Bountiful: How could you do this to me?? After all I did for you? expectations of difference in the dominant discourse
- Change magazine: Quick, find somebody white! Next year, no black directors. Damned rules and categories.