Posted on October 16, 2008 by AWARE-LA
AWARE-LA is in good company this election season! The Center for Social Inclusion also has a website to document racism in the 2008 election, called Stop Dog Whistle Racism. Collectively lifting our voices, we can cultivate new narratives of racial justice… harnessing the energy and exitement surrdouning the presidential elections and invigorating our grassroots work for change for the long-haul
We commend the Center for Social Inclusion for their work to decode “Dog Whistle Racism” or “symbolic racism. From their blog:
Dog Whistle racism – also known as symbolic racism – is political campaigning or policy-making that uses coded words and themes that appeal to conscious or subconscious racist concepts and frames.
All too often, images, symbols and language are used intentionally and unintentionally in our political elections and policy debates. These trigger unconscious racial stereotypes. The viewer or reader isn’t even aware that he or she is responding to unfounded judgments based on stereotypes rather than facts.
For example, the concepts ‘welfare queen,’ ’states’ rights,’ ‘Islamic terrorist,’ ‘uppity,’ ‘thug,’ ‘tough on crime,’ and ‘illegal alien’ all activate racist concepts that that have already been planted in the public consciousness and now are being activated by purposeful or accidental campaign activities, media coverage, public policy and cultural traditions.
But when symbolic racism is exposed, many people reject it and return to a debate on real issues, not imagined fears. Both research and experience makes clear that when made visible and conscious, symbolic racism loses its power.
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Posted on October 1, 2008 by AWARE-LA
We are one day away from this important community event! If you are in Los Angeles, please join us!!
Come one, Come All! Join AWARE-LA, the labor Community Strategy Center, Community Coalition, Youth Justice Coalition and more TO MAKE RACIAL JUSTICE HISTORY!
This election season has brought us a historic opportunity to take the conversation about racial justice to the next level. No matter who wins on November 4th, the real work for change is in organizing our communities!
Join AWARE-LA for workshops and a community panel in how race and racism is REALLY playing out in our communities and on the ballot…. and how we sustain the excitement to “make a change” beyond election day.
See you on October 25th!!
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Posted on September 28, 2008 by AWARE-LA
For Our Readers in the New York City area… join this awesome event!
UNDER THE LEARNING TREE
A Community Roundtable for AntiRacist Activists Sponsored by
The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond – Northeast Region
in collaboration with
The AntiRacist Alliance
The Institute of Urban and Minority Education
Columbia University Teachers College, New York City
ADDRESSING RACISM in the
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2008
6:00 – 9:00 P.M.
2090 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. – 8th Floor formerly the Theresa Hotel – just south of 125th St.
Nearby trains: A, C, 2, 3
We will use The World Café model of Appreciative Inquiry in this discussion.
LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED
For more information, contact The People’s Institute – 718-918-2716
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