Change & Transformation, Conflict, Identity

Becoming aware of the subtle language of racism

Arnold Mindell
Sitting in the Fire

“This demonstrates how the mainstream deals with racism. First of all, you come with some polysyllabic term that creates emotional distance…You decide you aren’t going to talk about racism or prejudice but ‘cultural diversity.’ That makes everything anti-septic. After exchanging politically correct cliches, you create a seminar, call it ‘diversity training,’ and claim the problem is fixed: there is no more prejudice. In this way, people with liberal educations throw up a smoke screen of fake communication and the problems of rank and race become further repressed. The mainstream assumes that… people should be ‘polite, confident and soft-spoken.’They keep a lid on passion, power, sexuality, and spirituality…the mainstream …communication style inadvertently presses minority groups into conformity.