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How To Be Less Stupid About Race
« on: December 24, 2018, 02:47:09 am »

Author, Crystal M. Fleming was a guest on C-SPAN's Washington Journal over the weekend responding to random callers; some inquisitive, others rude.

Callers were asking questions about her latest, 'How To Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide'.

Dr. Fleming was knocking them down one by one utilizing sheer knowledge.  A performance so impressive, just had to post her work at HEF.
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Re: How To Be Less Stupid About Race
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2019, 03:19:10 pm »
Friday, 9th August 2019
Professor wants to be rid of racist books
by Amy Dickinson




Dear Amy:

I am a retired college professor who did years of research about American slavery and slaveholders.

I own a set of very racist 19th-century books that were part of my research.

It is now time for me to reduce the size of my library, but I am afraid to sell these books because, given the mood in our country today and the rise of white supremacy, I'm afraid these books will be bought by people who will be reinforced in their racist ideologies.

I know they can get the books in other ways (if they knew about them), and I don't believe in burning books.

I have offered them to several libraries but to no avail.

I am very worried about what to do.

--- Concerned Ph.D.


Dear Concerned:

Researching possible solutions for you, I recommend trying the Jim Crow Museum, housed at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.

"The Jim Crow Museum is the largest publicly accessible collection of segregation and racist artifacts in the United States. These objects are used to teach tolerance and promote social justice. The Museum is free and open to the public; therefore, the Museum is largely dependent on donations-financial and in-kind-to enhance its work."

Photos of various exhibits from the museum show a wide variety of curated bigotry -- gathered for the purpose of educating the public about the deep shame of America's racist history.

Pointedly, the museum's website notes that they are currently being somewhat flooded with donations.

I take this as a good sign, as Americans become more sensitive to the books, films, toys, products, signage, and other cultural messages that only a generation ago might have seemed acceptable (or merely embarrassing) to white Americans, but are now quite appropriately seen for what they are:

abhorrent signifiers of racism.

The museum might have ideas for how to handle your books.

Otherwise, I well understand your reluctance to burn these books.

However, if you are not able to place them in a reputable collection, and if you believe that these books are NOT unique and represent historical racist ideas readily available elsewhere to scholars, then I think you should consider destroying them in a symbolic fashion.

Perhaps you could shred them and add the shredded material as mulch for a garden.

Let something beautiful or nutritious grow from these ugly ideas.

Mark the occasion by donating to a cause furthering racial understanding.

Perhaps the Jim Crow Museum could use funding to add staff to handle their growing collection.


















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https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/advice/professor-wants-to-be-rid-of-racist-books/ar-AAFvfex?ocid=spartanntp

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Re: How To Be Less Stupid About Race
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2019, 06:46:08 am »
Friday, 20th December 2019
Sunday, 23rd December 2018 (originally aired)


Dr. Crystal Fleming on How to Be Less Stupid About Race

Dr. Fleming talked about her book, How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide.

This program was the first part of a series of “Washington Journal” segments on some of the most important books of 2018.



Excerpts from the televised transcript; do understand that this transcript is digitally transcribed; some parsing in the translation is unclear.
 
Steve Scully: "ANOTHER HALF HOUR WITH OUR GUEST, CRYSTAL FLEMING.

SHE WRITES "PEOPLE ASK WHY I NOW HATE THE "NEW YORK TIMES."

THE "NEW YORK TIMES" IS SYSTEMIC WITH SYSTEMATIC RACISM.

IT IS LIKE MOST OTHER NEWSPAPERS, ONLY MORE EGREGIOUS AND HARMFUL GIVEN ITS TEFLON REPUTATION AND GLOBAL INFLUENCE."

WHY?




Crystal Fleming: "HOW SYSTEMIC RACISM DISTORTS WHAT WE SEE AND WHAT WE READ IN THE NEWS IN MAINSTREAM MEDIA.

I WAS A CONVENTIONAL CONSUMER REVENUES UNTIL MAYBE 5, 6, SEVEN YEARS AGO, WHEN I STARTED TO HAVE A MORE CRITICAL VIEW OF THESE ISSUES, AND I WAS REALLY UPHOLD ONCE I STARTED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE DYNAMICS OF WHITE SUPREMACY AND ANTI-CORRECTNESS, TO SEE HOW MANY OF THE -- ANTI-BLACKNESS, SEE HOW MANY PAPERS I WROTE UP REVERING, FROM "THE NEW YORK TIMES," TO THE "NEW YORKER," HOW THEY ALSO PERPETUATE RACIST STEREOTYPES, AND PART OF THE PROBLEM IS THAT NEWS MEN OVERWHELMINGLY WHITE AND DISPROPORTIONATELY WHITE MALE, IN PARTICULAR, SO WE SEE MARGINALIZING PEOPLE OF COLOR, WOMEN OF COLOR, DECISION-MAKING AND THE NEWSROOMS, SO AS FAR AS THE "NEW YORK TIMES" GOES, AND AGAIN IT IS A PUBLICATION THAT MANY PEOPLE SEE AS LIBERAL AND PRESENTS ITSELF AS ANTIRACIST AND DOES PRESENT THE WORK OF ANTIRACIST CALLERS, BUT THE PROBLEM IS PAPERS LIKE THE "NEW YORK TIMES" OFTEN TAKE A BOTH SIDES APPROACH, SO THEY WILL HAVE PROFILES OF NAZIS AND NEO-NAZIS THAT SORT OF NORMALIZE THEIR PERSPECTIVE, PRESENTED AT THE OTHER ISSUE ALONGSIDE COLUMNS LIKE PEOPLE WHO ARE LEGITIMATELY RAISES FOR MUSCLE BE BOTH SIDES -- RACIST, SO THIS BOTH SIDES APPROACH IS SOMETHING I CRITIQUE.

THE "NEW YORK TIMES" ALSO ESSENTIALLY PUBLISHED AP STRENGTH OF RISE OF HITLER'S THAT THE EFFECT BASICALLY SAYING "DON'T WORRY ABOUT HIM," THE "NEW YORK TIMES" CONDEMNED MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. FOR HIS OPPOSITION TO VIETNAM, AND SYSTEMIC RACISM HERE AT HOME AS WELL AS POVERTY, THE "NEW YORK TIMES" CONDEMNED HIM, SO OF COURSE I WANT TO BE CLEAR THERE ARE ANTI-RACIST JOURNALISTS AND WRITERS, MANY OF MY I DO RESPECT, WHO DO PUBLISH IN THE "NEW YORK TIMES."

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE "NEW YORK TIMES" STOPPED PUBLISHING A WHITE SUPREMACIST PERSPECTIVE IN A WAY THAT NORMALIZES THEM.

THAT IS THE PROBLEM THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE ADDRESSED."