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Dear “Colorblind” people,

racebending:

joamette:

ladyatheist:

Sciences says you’re probably racist:

http://news.illinois.edu/news/10/0421online.html

“If you subscribe to a color-blind racial ideology, you don’t think that race or racism exists, or that it should exist,” Tynes said. “You are more likely to think that people who talk about race and racism are the ones who perpetuate it. You think that racial problems are just isolated incidents and that people need to get over it and move on. You’re also not very likely to support affirmative action, and probably have a lower multi-cultural competence.”

http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/cou/47/1/59/

The purpose of this investigation was to develop a conceptually grounded scale to assess cognitive aspects of color-blind racial attitudes. Five studies on the Color-Blind Racial Attitudes Scale (CoBRAS) with over 1,100 observations provide initial reliability and validity data. Specifically, results from an exploratory factor analysis suggest a 3-factor solution: Unawareness of Racial Privilege, Institutional Discrimination, and Blatant Racial Issues. A confirmatory factor analysis suggests that the 3-factor model is a good fit of the data and is the best of the competing models. The CoBRAS was positively related to other indexes of racial attitudes as well as 2 measures of belief in a just world, indicating that greater endorsement of color-blind racial attitudes was related to greater levels of racial prejudice and a belief that society is just and fair. Self-reported CoBRAS attitudes were sensitive to diversity training.

If you really don’t want don’t want to be racist, you should actively discuss race and racial privilege. It is especially important that you discuss race if you’re a parent or work with kids, because it will help children to be more aware of social issues.

I wish I could remember which university has the online data collection system that lets anyone fill out a survey about their age, gender, race, income bracket, etc, then complete a series of tests designed to measure prejudice based on racial features. Anyone know what I’m talking about here?

Project Implicit at Harvard University! There are a series of quick tests you can take to measure your implicit biases. You may be surprised by the results. What happens to our unconscious biases when we marinate in a society that contains inequalities? Check it out here: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

Read the information from this study. It’s really good. I found this especially light-bulb-over-the-head-inducing:

Tynes’ research also revealed an incongruence of reactions among white students that she’s dubbed “Facebook face.”

“To their friends, they would express mild approval of the party photos or just not discuss race,” Tynes said. “But in private, in a reaction that they thought their friends wouldn’t see, some students would let us know that they thought the image was racist or that it angered them. We think that it’s because whites have been socialized not to talk about race.”

Also, the results were published in 2010, shortly after the beginnings of, “Post racial,” America or whatever the Colorblind community calls it.

(Facebook face img via

(Source: womanistgamergirl)

From the article:

75% of teens don’t tell parents when online communications make them feel uncomfortable; 46% of teens think social media influences their boyfriends or girlfriends relationship expectations.

museum3p0:

TED Talk: James Surowiecki: When social media became news


Interesting thoughts here. I’m gonna marinate in these ideas and come back at them after I’ve had some sleep.

life:

newsweek:

In which a tiny kitten falls down a hole into an underground dungeon for hours, but then gets rescued (!), and eats an ear of corn to celebrate, as it should.

Similar things have happened in the past — an underground dungeon may, or may have not been involved. See picture below. (Allan Grant—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)


I would like all of you to appreciate that NPR reblogged Life magazine who reblogged Newsweek’s picture of a cat eating corn on the cob.
Residents of the internet, we have won this day.

life:

newsweek:

In which a tiny kitten falls down a hole into an underground dungeon for hours, but then gets rescued (!), and eats an ear of corn to celebrate, as it should.

Similar things have happened in the past — an underground dungeon may, or may have not been involved. See picture below. (Allan Grant—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

I would like all of you to appreciate that NPR reblogged Life magazine who reblogged Newsweek’s picture of a cat eating corn on the cob.

Residents of the internet, we have won this day.

Using tumblr in public spaces is sometimes an adventure

I just scrolled past a picture of a real person dressed up as a blow up doll with Japanese school girl outfit on and a plastic face that looked like an anime character.

It’s always weird to get news from actual people, rather than my computer.

Today I learned about Rick Santorum dropping out of the presidential race from another human being in a face-to-face conversation.

I also learned about a Huffington Post article from people in a face-to-face situation.

Why is this weird to me? Oh, I know. I spent all winter living inside of my computer. There are people out there!!!!

Dear Tumblr curators:

I would like to see more images/tumblrs of people of color featured in that spotlight thingy.

<3
Me. 

in which I am drunk and speak in a British accent

THERE ARE SO MANY ARGUMENTS ON MY DASHBOARD RIGHT NOW.

I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO BE ANGRIEST ABOUT.

serina:

thedailywhat:

Lights Out: The Day The LOLcats Died.

[cheezburger.]

This is SO good, seriously, it’s amazing. The message is really important, so watch it please.

(Source: thedailywhat)

muroo:

I love this

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muroo:

I love this

THIS IS SOME OF THE BEST THE INTERNET HAS TO OFFER

superswagittarius:

everything you need in life.

Packing my bags right now. See you guys on the flip.

superswagittarius:

everything you need in life.

Packing my bags right now. See you guys on the flip.

Happy 20th Birthday, Internet!
One more year, and you can legally drink in the United States!

Happy 20th Birthday, Internet!

One more year, and you can legally drink in the United States!