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Head over to Anti-Racist Parent columnist Liza Talusan’s To Loosen the Mind blog. She has served up some wonderful posts over the last weeks, including one on “Individual vs. The System.”

But, here’s what’s been ticking me off lately: the act of calling out racism and oppression, only to have people say things like, “Well *I* don’t think that about people of color!” or “I’ve never exoticized anyone!” … implying, then, therefore, the feelings and experiences don’t exist.

This is a key point to understand for those who are loosening the mind. News flash: No, you may not actually personally engage in discrimination, racist acts or beliefs, or oppresion. BUT, if you belong to a group that does, then you must recognize and own up to it. This goes for any group in power — group. Not just individuals. Read more…

…and Liza weighed in on the Miley controversy:

But, now that I’m a parent of young girls, I am faced with new challenges of balancing pop culture with cultural appropriateness. Because my husband and I know that certain companies tend to perpetuate stereotypes of people of color, we watch the shows with our children. Yes, we let them watch it. No, we don’t let them watch it alone. This was a tough decision for us. Our anti-racist tendencies want to ban all of these shows from our house; our realist tendencies recognize that we’d rather have our children explore stereotypes while we can help to dismantle them together.

But, the latest Miley Cyrus BS has hit me hard. Really, little gal? Playing “chinky eye” is a fun joke for you? And, doing the “chinky eye” thing while your little buddy is sitting next to you somehow makes it “not a big deal?” I think not. Read more…

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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek, Change.org, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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