Full disclosure: I am going to mention a poll that I administered many times in this blog. I posted it on my Instagram and Snapchat to try to get it to reach the most amount of people as possible. The people who participated will remain anonymous, but factors such as their race and age will affect their answers.
Before reading the rest of my blog, feel free to take the survey that I attached above. You will have access to the responses, so you can compare your answers to the other people who took the survey.
I also worked on a podcast called CST discussions with my classmate, Grace Olson. We have 3 episodes so far where we discuss different aspects of racism. You can view the podcast and Grace’s blog by clicking on the links below.
Ok, let’s get into this. Again, I read “So You Want To Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo.
Grace and I talk a lot about the intersectionality between racism and the implications that it has on our government. In episode 2 we talk about voting and how the school-to-prison pipeline puts more people of color in prison and excludes their voices from the voting population. I found this post that was reposted by the author of the book I read that accuses Trump from doing the exact same during the 2020 election. The silencing of these voices has been a constant recurrence in our country and has to be acknowledged to be stopped.
Racism has been normalized. There have always been racist people, but ever since we have had a president who has been so openly racist, many people have kept their views to themselves as to avoid seeming like the minority with their opinion. Since so many people have come out with their opinions, being racist has been treated more acceptable, and standing up to someone when they say/do insensitive things has been less common.
Above are some of the graphs I gathered from my poll.
I found a tweet from Oluo that perfectly ties into the part of the book about microaggressions.