New Research Confirms: Racism Bad for Racists, Not Just Their Targets

Interesting piece (excerpted from an upcoming book), on how racism and racial bias is unhealthy for those who practice it and manifest it. Yet more evidence to support the claim that whites have a self-interest in challenging our own implicit biases (to say nothing of the more explicit ones)…Read the article here. Order the book here.


6 Responses to “New Research Confirms: Racism Bad for Racists, Not Just Their Targets”

  1. Tim, this book should be required reading for you. You not only apparently spend every waking minute expressing your racism towards white people, you make your living from it. If there’s a negative health risk associated with being racist, you’re in the high risk category.

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    Brian, what are you talking about? Condemning white racism is not racism against white people. That doesn’t even make sense. I love how folks like you make comments with no evidence or logic and think you’ve made a point…In fact, to suggest otherwise is a somewhat bizarre kind of argument to make, because of what it implies.

    namely, if being against white racism makes one against white people, then the only way one could be “for” white people, would be to support white racism. So that’s like saying that racism is the very essence of being a good white person. Wow, is that really the position you wish to take? Fascinating.

    fact is, I have never said anything racist against white people as white people. Pointing out white institutional privilege is not racist, because it is not an indictment of white people, as white people, but rather a condemnation of the social structure that bestows these advantages. I am not indicting whites as people, or saying that we are biologically or culturally predisposed to particular behavior, actions, etc. Those kinds of argument could be considered racist, I suppose, but those are not my arguments.

    That you cannot understand the difference is typical, but not my problem.

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  2. I’ve never heard of you before now, I’m black and I did not like you. You are going to build a lucrative cottage industry over the conflict of my skin color. Again white men make more

    money off of me than me. I don’t care about any other black person in America , but when you speak on behalf of black people or for them always say, I am speaaking on behalf of every black person in America except Raymond Speed.

    I don’t want to be with white people, I would not be here if it had not been for the enslavement of my people by the whites in this country for 400 years and still we’re enslaved black women straighten their hair because it is the ideal that has been set and accepted. The argument about white people wanting curly hair is puffery, nobody in Western society wants coarse nappy kinky hair.

    Black men desire white women not from love but for a nasty deep dark place that gives them eqaulity and at the same time revenge
    How much money you making defending us po black folk Tim ? by the looks of it, you’re eating better than well.

    T U S

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    I am not speaking for black folks Ray. never have tried to, and never will. I am speaking against white supremacy because it is destructive to life on the planet, and that includes, ultimately my own and the lives of my children. I do not need your permission to speak against something that is destructive to me and mine.

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  3. Ray speed I am black to and all I have to say to you is….you are 1 Ignorant NEGRO!

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  4. I am not in agreement with Ray except on one point: “You are going to build a lucrative cottage industry over the conflict of my skin color.” This idea is valid, and as a person of color, one that I must consider. There are elements of activism but also business politics to consider here as well, in terms of who is economically benefiting from their anti-racist work. But bigger than that, this post and the accompanying comments have me spinning on a point not yet made. what are the costs of compelling white people to do anti-racist work based on how the presence of racism negatively impacts THEM? True anti-racist work should come from a desire not to negatively impact the lives of people of color, not to reverse any negative effects on the lives of white people. In fact, it could be taken then as more work towards racial preservation with a side effect of anti-racism as opposed to honest anti-racist activism. The stats may be compelling, but I’m concerned over the larger meaning of looking through this lens.

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