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Discussing white privilege in an effort to bring unity and reconciliation is like walking on a high wire coated with random landmines.  You say the wrong thing, the wrong trigger word, and BOOM: end of conversation.

I’m going to try my best to navigate this wire, please bear with me with grace.

Why this is important

Imagine a population of color, who has always been the numerical minority, who feels that those in the dominant majority (in this case: white skin) relieves a person of certain stressors and thus provides them with certain advantages.

But, that white population who is the majority doesn’t see a difference.

The minority feels there is a difference.

The majority doesn’t.

Off the bat, can you crystallize the conflict and tension on both sides?

The majority thinks the minority needs to stop complaining, or to stop making things up, or to take responsibility.  The majority thinks that the very conversation about the minority having more stress and resistance in life is an excuse to blame someone else for their problems and not try, and the conversation gets categorized accordingly.  In addition, the majority often feels like they are being accused or attacked.

Meanwhile, the minority Continue Reading…

We discuss some strong opinions from our mailbag regarding Colin Kaepernick, who continues to be the trending racial topic in our country.  We also give our thoughts on the official Black Lives Matter movement.  Last but not least, we catch up with Black Superman as he shares about his bowling date with the archangel Michael and Black Superman’s nemesis Charlie Puth.

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chopituppodcastofficiallogoNEWIn this pilot episode, Tyler St. Clair and Noah Filipiak discuss their views of Colin Kaepernick sitting during the National Anthem.  They also discuss why someone saying they are “color blind” or that we’re all “one race” is not a helpful way to approach race.  And a rare interview with the elusive Black Superman.  Email our mailbag at choppinituppodcast@gmail.com with comments and questions that we’ll read on the air.

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We track down a rare interview with the elusive Black Superman

We track down a rare interview with the elusive Black Superman

Congratulations to Simone Manuel on becoming the first African American to win an Olympic Gold Medal in an individual swimming event!  Manuel won gold in the 100m freestyle competition on Thursday, August 11th.

With all the racial controversy that’s been in the news over the past few years, many (typically whites) will say, “I don’t see color,” “I’m color blind,” or “there’s only one race,” followed with a statement about “stop being divisive.”

While yes, biologically we are all one race, and there’s a lot of unity that needs to be found in that fact, somehow Jackie Robinson’s experience in baseball was a quite different than Joe DiMaggio’s.  To be “color blind” not only disrespects Jackie by minimizing all the oppression he had to go through, it disrespects all people of color who go through micro and macro oppression on a regular basis.  By “disrespect”, I mean that it ignores it, it acts like it’s not there, when it is very “there” for people of color.  If I convince myself people of color get treated exactly like white people, then I don’t have to deal with all the ways they are mistreated.  I don’t need to advocate, protest or bring justice because I’m convinced everyone is treated the same.  A very convenient position for a white person who doesn’t face oppression and who isn’t in close relationship with people of color who do.

If everyone were treated the same, it wouldn’t be a big deal that in 2016, Simone Manuel became the first African American to win an individual Olympic gold medal.

Manuel said in an interview with NBC. “It means a lot. This medal is not just for me, it’s for a whole bunch of people who have came before me and been an inspiration to me,” she said. “It’s for all the people who come after me who believe they can’t do it. And I just want to be inspiration to others that you can do it.”

Who are all these “other people” who came before her and who will come after her, people who might not think they can do it?

Did you know the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 70 percent of black children and 60 percent of Latino children don’t know how to swim?  Compared to 31 percent of white children.

Did know for most of the 1900’s, black kids were not allowed in white pools or on white beaches?  (So that’s pretty much every pool and beach in existence)

Jeff Wiltse says in his Journal of Sport and Social Issues article (Vol. 38(4), 2014) entitled, “The Black-White Swimming Disparity in America: A Deadly Legacy of Swimming Pool Discrimination,”

During much of the 20th century, Black Americans faced widespread discrimination that severely limited their access to swimming pools and swim lessons. The most consequential discrimination occurred at public swimming pools and took three basic forms. Public officials and White swimmers denied Black Americans access to pools earmarked for Whites. Cities provided relatively few pools for Black residents, and the pools they did provide were typically small and dilapidated. And, third, cities closed
many public pools in the wake of desegregation, just as they became accessible to Black Americans. Black Americans also faced restricted access to Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) pools and YMCA swim lessons—especially during the critical period of 1920 to 1940, when swimming first became popularized in the United States. Finally, Black Americans were systematically denied access to the tens of thousands of suburban swim clubs opened during the 1950s and 1960s. These pools
spurred a second great leap forward in the popularity of swimming, but only for the millions of White families that were able to join.
This past discrimination casts a long shadow.

So when Simone Manuel stands on the podium receiving her Olympic gold medal, we must see color.  We must see color so we can celebrate and congratulate Simone on the incredible accomplishment of overcoming generations of discrimination that have kept black people away from swimming pools.  We must also see color because it forces us to see discrimination and oppression.  It forces us too look at its ugly face and decide what we are going to do about it.  To choose to be “color blind” or to say “we’re all one race, so let’s stop talking about race” is to allow the ugly beast of discrimination and oppression to continue.  We are better than this.  Love and unity are better than this.  We must acknowledge what people of color have had to go through and what they continue to go through so that we can truly love and be in community, and so we can get on the front lines of stopping the injustices people of color face.

Congratulations Simone!