The core beliefs that guide Racialicious

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

I really enjoy reading and participating in the many vibrant discussions here on Racialicious. But lately I’ve noticed an increasing amount of hostility, tension and personal attacks.

I thought it would be timely to post the core beliefs that guide New Demographic‘s (and this blog’s) work. Some of you may already be familiar with these beliefs, but I’m sure there are many newer readers who haven’t read them before.

Let’s keep these great conversations going, but let’s also keep Racialicious a pleasant place to visit. Thanks, everyone.

Here are New Demographic’s core beliefs:

  • We go beyond uncritical celebrations of diversity and multiculturalism and confront head-on the complex issues surrounding race and racism today.
  • In challenging racism, we go beyond individual acts of prejudice and recognize that racist ideals are disseminated by the very structures and systems upon which this country is built.
  • We go beyond the concerns of the specific community to which we belong and recognize that when one group is discriminated against, it is an affront to us all.
  • When discussing racism, we go beyond simply blaming “The Man” and recognize that racism persists through an intricate web of intergroup and intragroup oppression and privilege.
  • We go beyond “diversity speak” and academic jargon and recognize that using direct, down-to-earth language is the best way to engage people in anti-racism work.
  • We go beyond acceptance of finite racial categories and recognize that race has no biological basis, but that the social construct of race impacts us all.

About This Blog

Racialicious is a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture. Check out our daily updates on the latest celebrity gaffes, our no-holds-barred critique of questionable media representations, and of course, the inevitable Keanu Reeves John Cho newsflashes.

Latoya Peterson (DC) is the Owner and Editor (not the Founder!) of Racialicious, Arturo García (San Diego) is the Managing Editor, Andrea Plaid (NYC) is the Associate Editor. You can email us at team@racialicious.com.

The founders of Racialicious are Carmen Sognonvi and Jen Chau. They are no longer with the blog. Carmen now runs Urban Martial Arts with her husband and blogs about local business. Jen can still be found at Swirl or on her personal blog. Please do not send them emails here, they are no longer affiliated with this blog.

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