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I, for a long time, thought that racism = prejudice + power, but after listening to "How To Be An Anti-Racist" and hearing the definition the author lays out, that racism is policies, actions, or ideas that lead to a decrease in equity amongst racial groups, regardless of who holds those ideas, I'm a little conflicted.

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@sexybenfranklin Might I recommend the lecture on White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo? I found it to be well explained and consistent.

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@AstriusCatyote is it the same as the book? I looked it up, and if you say it's good, I'll probably grab the audiobook.

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@sexybenfranklin I only heard the recorded lecture, but as it's based off her book, I expect it's just a good, if not more in-depth.

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@sexybenfranklin the second one is more systemic racism and the first is more personal racism

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@Taweret I was always under the impression that the prejudice + power definition was more about systemic racism. That because minorities don't hold power, they can't be racist, just bigoted.

Which I guess is why it surprised me. I mean, Mr. Kendi knows more on the subject than I do, so I believe what he says, but it's fairly different from this conception I've had for the better part of a decade.

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@sexybenfranklin Really? I found that definition clarifying.

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@rhiannonlouve I should say, I think it's probably right, but I also worry whether that's just me thinking that because it doesn't put the blame *solely* on white people. I'd like to think the answer is no, but ingrained stuff can be deep.

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@sexybenfranklin Ah. That's a fair concern. When I read the book, I felt like it was a bit of an advanced anti-racism class in that regard, and was grateful I'd already done a lot of work. It later worried me a bit when the book hit the bestseller list last May. I thought, oof, a lot of the people buying this are not going to grasp some of the nuance.

But I think the act of questioning your own motives is a powerful tool for understanding Kendi's message.

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