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Reply to "Three Ways to Fight Racism in 2014"

Originally Posted by Yemaya:

I agree with #2... we gotta stop being respectful to those who don't respect us! #1 and #3 are just feel good statements.

I don't agree that their just feel good statements.  As a people we are good at pointing out when language is being used to trick or run head games on us, but are very POOR at understanding how, why framing is so important. 

 

I'd push #3 further than "mass incarceration" and use the more descriptive phrase that Chomsky and several others use..."The criminalization of Black life"

 

The framing and use of language determines to what extent people can evade or dismiss issues.  But that also works in the other direction, in that it can also bring extreme clarity to the issue.

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