Just wanted to quickly wish everyone a happy International Day for the Elimination of Racism! I'm hopeful that this world will one day become one in which people are seen as special and interesting because of their differences one from another rather than as deviant from a mythical norm of white-christian-heterosexual-middle class-able bodied-male. Celebrate diversity and create space for solidarity and learning!It's funny, race relations was the locus of my first real awareness of the importance of equality and equity, rather than feminism which is so central to my studies now. I have always felt it deep in my bones whenever I have heard of injustices based on racism: my nerves tingle, my hairs stand on end, and my jaw sets, locks into a tightness that can't be relieved. I can never understand the fear and hatred involved in racism – hating entire groups of people you don't even know takes a lot of energy. I fail to see how racists (and sexists and heterosexists etc.) do not see the basic truth, that we are all members of the same species and all deserving of respect and support and social justice.
Anyway, I don't have much time tonight, but it's an important occasion to mark, so I wanted to do so and invite you all to share a wish with me to end racism.
"Imagine all the people living life in peace…. you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." – John Lennon