Calling Out White Supremacy, Understanding It, and Dismantling It… in order to be “Divided No Longer”

One year ago, I created this blog after attending Netroots Nation. I called it “Divided No Longer” to be aspirational and to highlight the divide and conquer stereotypes that I study and seek to dismantle. At the time, I gave my blog the tagline of “dismantling stereotypes that divide us, building coalitions around common interests.” However, while I still believe in that goal, that language doesn’t get at the heart of what’s really going on. I’m concerned the word “stereotypes” doesn’t invoke systemic racism. I think they’re connected, but I need to name it. After all of the horrors that we’ve seen this past year with police brutality and violence against people of color, all that #BlackLivesMatter has taught us, I now understand we need to call it what it is: “white supremacy.” In the past, I probably would have said using such a phrase was too extreme, but it’s clear to me now that we need to keep using terms like “white supremacy” and “systemic racism” so there is nothing to hide behind. That leads me to the new tagline of “calling out white supremacy, understanding it, and dismantling it.” That’s what we need to go through in order to be “divided no longer.”

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