Don Imus and Racial Perceptions
This whole Don Imus-Rutgers Women’s Basketball Team debacle can be summed up pretty easily by the words of Imus before he ruined his career and the actions of the team since the infamous comments were made.
Imus is quoted as saying “My goal is to goad people into saying something that ruins their life.” I believe that it was Morpheus in The Matrix who said, “Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.”
In yet another demonstration of why I do and always will love Black Women, the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Team accepted Imus’s apology to them after a face-to-face meeting. I pray that one day people stop having to apologize to Black women.
I don’t even need to say how ignorant all of this is. I’ll call it yet another example of racist indifference. Instead of having a somewhat typical response/reaction to all this I think that we should use this as an opportunity to reflect on our own feelings about race.
With this in mind, I have found a couple of interesting tools online to help you see what your biases may or may not be. One example is Harvard’s Implicit Associations Test on Race. I encourage all of you to take it. The test is about 10 minutes long. There are others on Skin Tone and other things that are all equally as interesting.
My Results from the Race test were: Your data suggest little to no automatic preference between African American and European American. I’m not surprised by this. Well, maybe a little since I claim to love Black people so much :-). What were yours?
Another example is this Racial Injustice Awareness Activity. These would make for interesting discussion questions in any sort of inter-group dialogue(s) that you may participate in, but also are interesting to reflect on personally.
Also, remember ‘A Girl Like Me?’ This discussion reminds me of this because of how it brings our perceptions into to forefront to be examined and hopefully corrected if need be.
These days, we need to find opportunities to encourage reflection and dialogue as opposed to conflict, resentment, and bickering. I see this as one of those opportunities.
One Love. One II.