So I was talking to my white conservative boss yesterday about racism and ableism in the media.
- Me: Okay, Sherry, I'm white, right? I have no bias against white people due to my race. Make sense?
- Her: Yeah, okay...
- Me: Look at that news headline. Look at what they're saying about why this dude killed those people.
- Her: He was mentally ill. I don't see where you're going.
- Me: Ok, backtrack. Let's say a Muslim man kills 6 people and injures 13 in a shooting rampage, and leaves a 137 page manifesto explaining that it was because a girl turned him down when he was younger. Why do you think he did it?
- Her: He's a terrorist who hates women.
- Me: Right. Let's say a black man does the exact same thing. How does the media portray it?
- Her: He's a woman-hating gangbanger or a thug...
- Me: You're catching on. Now think back to every white boy in the past ten years that has shot up a school or a public place of some sort. What is it always blamed on?
- Her: Mental illness...
- Me: Exactly. And I would like to point out a couple final things there. First: this guy was going to therapy for years and had no diagnosis of mental illness. The closest we can get is that his family SUSPECTED he might be on the autism spectrum. Sherry, I'm autistic. My brother's autistic. I have several close friends who are autistic. None of us have ever shown a propensity for killing people. Secondly: mental illness doesn't discriminate based on race. You know what does?
- Her: ...
- Her: Damn. The media is racist as hell, isn't it?
- Me: ...there ya go.
R. M. Young (1987). Racist society, racist science. In D. Gill & L. Levidow (Eds.) Anti-racist science teaching(pp. 16-42). London: Free Association Books. (via homoarigato)
remember when i posted about how science can be oppressive and i got hate mail and hundreds of notes of people calling me stupid
yeah that was fun
Remember that time when they made up a disease for black ppl when we didnt wanna be stuck as slaves?
Remember when they operated on black women with no anesthesia to get modern gynecological surgical procedures?
Remember when they sterilized poor woc without consent to keep us from ‘creating more undesirables’?
Remember when the government allowed Black men to go untreated with Syphilis even after a cure was discovered?
Remember when minority heavy areas in cities were sprayed with radioactive material to ‘test’ how America could handle a nuclear fallout?
Oh, you dont? Because I do…
Go look it up. Every single one was done by a white supremacist nation called America.
Don’t forget that in 1975 about 35% of Puerto Rican Women were sterilized without their consent by the US government