Let me be clear. I dislike this video for a number of reasons. It opens old hurts. It is like being shot with the same damn bullet over and over again in a different place. I will become angry. The bullet came to one of my safe places at the Videoblogging group and toxed up the joint.
I feel pain when a whole class of people are made a target for crude attempts of humor so that one person can gain a micro-meter of notoriety. Is fame really worth this cost? Ultimately it doesn't really matter the reason he did this - the video exists. He can't take it back.
But I also know (or figured out once I calmed down) is that Loren is the new carrier but the Bogeyman is running the show. The Bogeyman is prejudice, racism and sexism. It is also our inability to talk about those issues.
So I want to talk about The Bogeyman and how we can start to reduce the poison level. This is 11 minutes of me talking. As an alternative you could check out the links below. There is good stuff to be found.
- American Psychological Association - Racism and Diversity primer, an excellent start to define the terms, meaning and embedded reasons why it just won't go away. We have to work on it and be aware.
- Addicted to Race podcast and Race in the Workplace blog both by Carmen Van Kerckhove going beyond black and white and expanding the discussion.
- Beacon of Freedom - From Norway, a database that contains documentation links to topics concerning censorship and the expression of freedom.
- Choosing to Participate - Jesus Colon's Little Things Are Big Video
- Compassionate Listening Project - how to speak from the heart to deal with difficult topics. Originally developed as a means to help Israeli and Palestinian people to find the tools to talk together.
- Facing History and Ourselves - Johnathan L. recites his poem about "Perceptions" where he speaks on the perceptions he encounters as a young African-American man.
- How Tolerant Are You - Project Implicit gives you the opportunity to find out your hidden truths and what you really believe.
- Tolerance.org - Speak-Up page with a link to a resource brochure on dealing with prejudiced, racism and sexist remarks.