Is Racism a Mental Illness?

If racism was thought of as a mental disorder, would it help the efforts to make the world a less racist place, or make them harder? By Shayla Love On The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1992, Jane Elliott, the educator known for teaching students about prejudice by biasing them against blue or brown eyes, came to an incisive conclusion about racism. “What we’re dealing with here is mental illness,” she said. Members of the audience started clapping. “Racism is a mental illness. If you judge other people by the color of their skin, by the amount of a chemical in their skin, you have … Continue reading Is Racism a Mental Illness?

Starting Points

The question is not whether or not a community is “racist”—the question is how this racism operates. By Andrew Cooper The following is a piece that was written by Tricycle‘s current features editor Andrew Cooper in 1993. It was published by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship in that organization’s quarterly magazine, Turning Wheel. In the years since, some things have changed a lot, some not at all. One thing that has perhaps changed is the more widespread recognition of the racism afflicting American society, demonstrated notably by the diversity of the current protests. But, as recent events show, something that has persisted is the … Continue reading Starting Points

Racism: Further Considerations from Psychological Science

Racism is undeniably a matter of concern across countries and cultures. In the United States, where slavery was abolished in 1865 and segregation outlawed in 1954, the effects of racism are still pervasive in everyday life. Here is a look at what psychological scientists have uncovered on the topic in recent years. Collectively, they address the nature of implicit biases (i.e., beliefs that influence our behavior without our awareness) and the social processes that maintain them; examine the issues of structural and institutional racism; and explore the social, psychological, and physical consequences of various forms of racism. They also suggest … Continue reading Racism: Further Considerations from Psychological Science

America, The Business that Tried to Become a Country

Buddhist teacher Larry Ward reflects on the koan of American society. By Larry Ward Tricycle is offering free access to select articles during this uncertain time. Mr. George Floyd began his last breath with these words, ringing in the air:“It’s my face, man.”I tell you, somebody stole my face.I can’t seem to stop this river of tears. Black face on the ground, black face in the cages. I tell you, somebody stole my face.  When I found it, it was dark like the night in it’s elegant beauty. When I found it, it was in a dreadful theater called the White Man’s Burden. When I … Continue reading America, The Business that Tried to Become a Country

WE HAD A CHANCE WITH EMANCIPATION, BUT THE UNITED STATES QUICKLY FAILED THE BLACK MEN AND WOMEN IT FREED

by Zaron Burnett III  For a brief moment, it seemed as though freedmen could be provided with a true path to success. Then Abraham Lincoln was killed, the military stopped providing protection and the racists started calling the shots On January 11, 1865, General William Tecumseh Sherman, the man who famously cut a flaming trail of plantations across Georgia and the Carolinas on his March to the Sea, and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton visited with 20 Black clergymen in Savannah, Georgia. The question before them: How to make ex-slaves free?  After all, these freedmen and freedwomen were starting their new lives with absolutely nothing. Their worldly … Continue reading WE HAD A CHANCE WITH EMANCIPATION, BUT THE UNITED STATES QUICKLY FAILED THE BLACK MEN AND WOMEN IT FREED

Starting Points

The question is not whether or not a community is “racist”—the question is how this racism operates. By Andrew Cooper The following is a piece that was written by Tricycle‘s current features editor Andrew Cooper in 1993. It was published by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship in that organization’s quarterly magazine, Turning Wheel. In the years since, some things have changed a lot, some not at all. One thing that has perhaps changed is the more widespread recognition of the racism afflicting American society, demonstrated notably by the diversity of the current protests. But, as recent events show, something that has persisted is the … Continue reading Starting Points

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT RACE

by Zoe Christen Jones  There’s never been a better time to talk to your children about racism, the actions of the police, and what BLM is doing to affect lasting change The scene is a familiar one: A teenager, a brand new driver’s license and dreams of the open road greet most parents around the time their child turns 16. But for Black parents in America, it marks a turning point in their child’s life. Known colloquially as “The Talk,” this conversation is usually what most young Black teenagers, especially boys, mark as the end of their childhood. In it, … Continue reading HOW TO TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT RACE

Boogaloo Bois: Violent extremists who (mostly) don’t hate the Jews

Matt Marshall of the right-wing group Washington State Three Percent (3%), and clad in the Boogaloo uniform of a Hawaiian shirt, speaks at a ‘Hazardous Liberty! Defend the Constitution!’ rally to protest the stay-at-home order, at the Capitol building in Olympia, Washington on April 19, 2020(photo credit: KAREN DUCEY/GETTY IMAGES/JTA) The Boogaloo network’s armed adherents yearn for a second civil war between ordinary Americans and a federal government they consider oppressive. By BEN SALES/JTA   There are men showing up to the George Floyd protests in body armor and Hawaiian shirts and they want to start a civil war. They call themselves … Continue reading Boogaloo Bois: Violent extremists who (mostly) don’t hate the Jews

I Am Racist, I Vow to End Racism

Tricycle is offering free access to select articles during this uncertain time. A message for other white Buddhists: Lead with compassion, and understanding will follow.  By Matthew Abrahams I’m probably racist. I don’t think I am, but that’s probably what makes me racist. After all, I never used to think that I was racist until I became a little less racist, at which point it became glaringly obvious how absurdly racist I used to be.  I don’t want to be racist, but I am. How could I not be? I grew up in an almost all-white suburb within a country that … Continue reading I Am Racist, I Vow to End Racism

History Will Judge the Complicit

Why have Republican leaders abandoned their principles in support of an immoral and dangerous president? Story by Anne Applebaum On a cold march afternoon in 1949, Wolfgang Leonhard slipped out of the East German Communist Party Secretariat, hurried home, packed what few warm clothes he could fit into a small briefcase, and then walked to a telephone box to call his mother. “My article will be finished this evening,” he told her. That was the code they had agreed on in advance. It meant that he was escaping the country, at great risk to his life. Though only 28 years old at … Continue reading History Will Judge the Complicit