Racism sucks, and I think I know it when I see it. That said, I’m calling the Minnesota-based Un-Fair Campaign a racist organization for the simple fact they see this as the white person’s problem … exclusively. Their tag line … It’s hard to see racisms when you’re white.
The campaign’s basic message is nobody else can be racist except for white people. Take a look at the “Un-Fair” billboards and posters; every single person pictured is white. Each photo features text written with a pen on the person’s face with thoughts like…
I am a WHITE man. And you don’t see my color before you see my face. You don’t judge me before you KNOW me. You DON’T FEAR me. You don’t secretly hope that I stay out of your neighborhood. That’s UNFAIR.
… is to raise awareness about white privilege in our community, provide resources for understanding and action, and facilitate dialogue and partnership that results in fundamental, systemic change towards racial justice.
Here comes social change again!
Two things. First off, these are the types of groups who look at a person’s color and make unfound assumptions. They see white privilege. They see white people who can’t understand what it’s like to be harassed. Second, if they really want to facilitate a dialog (they don’t), do they think it’s a good idea to reach out to Minnesota’s white population and start off by implying they are all racists, and people of color can not be racists?
This is disgusting. Sure, they never “say” people of color can’t be racist, but that’s the direct implication. Can I say this is disgusting twice in the same paragraph? I was sitting here wondering if this organization is a spoof. So much so, I did some digging over that the City of Duluth’s website and found minutes from the Duluth Human Rights Commission Meeting on Dec. 14 that specifically mentioned the launch of the campaign, the website and the posters. The minutes note Community Action Duluth put up one of the posters in their window and …
…so far, there has been no major feedback or disruptions.
Just wait folks, I’m thinking it’s Tuesday and you might be in for a heck of a week.
Here is a list of partners that got together to put together the campaign. Their next meeting scheduled for tonight is entitled Cracking the Shell of Whiteness.
- Central Labor Body: www.laborworld.org/clb_home.htm
- CHUM (Churches United In Ministry): www.chumduluth.org
- City of Duluth (Mayor’s Office, Human Rights Commision, American Indian Commision) http://www.duluthmn.gov/
- Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial Inc.: www.claytonjacksonmcghie.org
- Community Action Duluth: www.communityactionduluth.org
- Domestic Abuse Intervention Project: www.theduluthmodel.org
- Lake Superior College: www.lsc.edu
- Life House: www.lifehouseduluth.org
- NAACP: www.naacp.org
- St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services: www.stlouiscountymn.gov
- University of Minnesota Duluth: www.d.umn.edu
- University of Wisconsin Superior: www.uwsuper.edu
- YWCA: www.ywcaduluth.org
Hat tip to John Hinderaker over at Power Line for the links.