confirming reactions to people of color in authority positions or receiving positive visibility: For instance, a white person remarks that a person of color “only got that position (or opportunity, etc.) because of affirmative action,” and you say nothing or nod or otherwise suggest that’s possibly true. This supports the ideology of white supremacy by presuming that a white person was/is better qualified or somehow more suitable. Acknowledged affirmative action beneficiaries usually have skills and talents that equal or exceed those of other applicants — that’s how they reached the final stages of selection in the first place.
stephanie jo kent
Well said Stephanie, and I appreciate the opportunity to engage constructively rather than punitively to this dialogue. I want to further your point by adding this as well. The fact that I can wake up every morning, perform at work and simultaneously acculturate — is an example of me inadvertently downplaying the significance of racism.
This inadvertent downplaying is a result of my pursuit of life, liberty and happiness in the vein of equality. In this instance I am complicit in that very fact by tolerating the fragility of whites who blithely regard my existence in the workplace as proof that race is insignificant today…that and the fact that we also have a Black president.
By being able to articulate this circumstance and the accompanying delusion that follows, it suggests that I am very much “#woke and #staywoke” (to borrow tag lines from the BLM movement) by the consequentialism of both my deterministic and indeterministic actions. Moreover it has become a tacit mean to my own welfare.