Congratulations! For playing the race card you won 1,000,000 dollars!
I hear the phrase “playing the race card” a lot when it comes to a minority talking about race relations. So what exactly does that mean? Is that just a statement people say, or do they think about the repercussions of that statement before throwing it around.
So as you may know by know I got my degree from UCA in Sociology. I am not going to stop talking about race or other issues that might rub people the wrong way. We have a long way to go in this country with regards to human relationships and those issues need to be highlighted. You can’t stop me from pulling the so-called “race card” and really just talking about race as it relates to me (which is what I assume most people are saying when they talk about pulling the race card since they usually aren’t that specific so I fill in the blanks a little.)
What it will do though is slowly start to make some people who don’t have as strong of a voice quieter. They will talk less and less about their issues and everything will seem fine and dandy. A lot of people don’t talk about race, but that’s not because it isn’t an issue. They may not talk about race because it’s the polite thing to do, they think their friends are lost causes, or they just don’t want the backlash for standing up against racism. Don’t bring the fine and dandy way of thinking about things into light. A lot of people in the south leading up to and during the Civil Rights Movement thought that everything was fine and dandy (but only because no one was talking to them about these issues.)
There are systematic things we have to stop in this world. To name a few
-Powder Cocaine to Crack Cocaine Sentencing Discrepancies
-Voter Registration and I.D. Laws
-Education reform so more people are served by the educational system.
-Media framing of things like protests versus riots, emergency situations and looting, and picture picking in news stories.
-The fact that most people believe that you can erase 400 years+ worth of inequality with a few decades worth of work that really hasn’t truly been worked on at all in the past decade or so.
I think the biggest thing I want to say about this blog is always consider systematic things. I use a lot of examples in this blog. Things that happen to me personally because it is the best way to describe these things. It’s not easy to always talk about structual inequality and it’s not always easy to grasp. The small things that you do are a part of a greater system than just the people and places around you. It is so important to realize that as you go throughout your life.
If I am playing the race card, I guess I will be playing it until we reach the actual goals our society has set for itself. Think about the big picture, and don’t get so caught up on the small details.