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    Jackie Ricciardi is a staff photojournalist at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. She has worked as a staff photographer at newspapers that include the Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Ga., and at Seacoast Media Group in Portsmouth, N.H., where she was twice named New Hampshire Press Photographer of the Year.   Profile

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There are 3 comments on The Internet Is Unmasking Racism. Here’s What That Means to Young People of Color.

  1. I live in Baltimore. Is it racist? No. Are there racists. Yes. I look white–I’m not–it takes quite a while–or a knack–to cut through the assumptions that the tone of my skin provokes. But the first thing I notice about someone is whether they are male or female, which is a lazy version of what I am actually perceiving: is there a threat or not? I find myself askng friends and acquaintances what They notice first–and it pretty uniformly is gender, not “race.” I use the term in quotes in no wise to trivialize it but rather because there is so much admixture in the US that the term is socially FRAUGHT –but biologically elusive, a product of narrowmindedness and bigotry and locked-in-the-box-at-the-moment defensive thinkng. In addition to and sometimes instead of race, we need to be talking about Poverty, Opportunity, Social Isolation, Habitats, Positive Health, skills, talents, fluencies, recreation, Race discussions are important when they deepen understanding. Too often they are divisive, hurtful, and serve to stoke anger and resentment. There is More. Our plurality is our richness.

  2. I get so irritated by this..race..crap..it was started by ignorance..and to justify slavery..I wish people would.. at least..do a bit of research. .into why we have different skin colors..We all descended from Noahs sons..when people migrated to other parts of the world..skin pigments..started to change because of our body’s need for vitamin D…dark skin can’t get as much from the sun..people in places that doesn’t get as much sun..need lighter skin to absorb more..and went from that..Now we have people that just want to stir up trouble. .if people are arguing amongst themselves..they aren’t paying attention to other things..wake up and watch..

  3. One of the biggest problems–and challenge–we face when dealing with racism in all its form and appearance, is the utter denial that it does exist and thus the unwillingness to confront it and discuss it. In the past, when I have tried to point out what it has been insidious or blatant racism, both blacks and whites have attempted to shut me down. I suppose that both have done it for different necessities. When a person is exposed to facts which run counter to his or her diluted notion of reality, contradictory dichotomy of ideas sit in. Both blacks and whites have developed their own coping mechanism to deal with this racial dynamic.

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