The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.
The 14,000 members of this Association, however, know that revision is the lifeblood of historical scholarship.
History is a continuing dialogue between the present and the past.
Interpretations of the past are subject to change in response to new evidence, new questions asked of the evidence, new perspectives gained by the passage of time.
There is no single, eternal, and immutable “truth” about past events and their meaning.
The unending quest of historians for understanding the past—that is, “revisionism”—is what makes history vital and meaningful. Without revisionism, we might be stuck with the images of Reconstruction after the American Civil War that were conveyed by D. W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation and Claude Bowers’s The Tragic Era. Were the Gilded Age entrepreneurs “Captains of Industry” or “Robber Barons”?
Without revisionist historians who have done research in new sources and asked new and nuanced questions, we would remain mired in one or another of these stereotypes.
I was thinking about this quote when I reblogged the post from katelliottsff using the phrase “Restorative History” as a response to the negative associations we’ve built around the phrase “Revisionist History”.
If you read the linked article, it goes into how revision/revisionist has acquired a pejorative meaning, and why this is a bad thing. Too many people have been erased, maligned, and demonized by the popular-cultural-consciousness version of European and American history.
I like the idea of restoring the missing or twisted narratives, although the process of doing so remains a revision process; a re-writing and critical analysis of what currently exists. After all the only way to grow and change as a society is to take another look at what we “know” to be true and why/how we know it.(via medievalpoc)
A savvy young friend of mine pushed me to launch a Tumblr page because my fourth book was coming out and she believed it would expose me to a new audience, which is exactly the right reason to do it. And I had a bunch of pictures from Mardi Gras parades I wanted to post somewhere, which, as it turns out, is also exactly the right reason to do it. Three months later I have close to two thousand followers and I am consistently impressed with how easy it is to post content, expose myself to new ideas, and become a part of the larger conversation.
Social media PR events do matter but are not as acute as many make them out to be
A dose of reality… or denial?
No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your ‘religious freedom.’ If you don’t like birth control, don’t use it. Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.
President Barack Obama