The multiracial frame (by 2050?) is my name for the lens through which most Americans would see themselves and their society if it were ever to live up to its ideals and became a successful multiracial society. It would replace the white racial frame that most Americans now hold. In time it would make the anti-racist counter-frames of blacks, Natives, Chicanos and others unnecessary.
It would not be this fake Kumbaya / post-racial / colour-blind / diversity-through-tokenism thing that keeps the white racial frame in place.
It is a mindset, not a set of particular policies.
I cannot tell you what such a frame would be, I can only start thinking out loud about what it might contain, offered here for discussion:
- Liberty-and-justice frame. America is made great not by repeating the grand words of Jefferson, Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr, but by making them come true:
- Multiracial model of society: America does not belong to any one race but to everyone who lives there. Everyone should have equal rights and equal opportunity. Inequality, caused by racist policies and institutions, past and present, is what screws up American society, not the pathologies of people of colour.
- The oneness of mankind. “We are all God’s children”, as Christians would say.
- America is a coat of many colours – not a melting pot. White is just one colour of that coat, just one ethnic group. America is not “white with impurities”. Everyone is equally American. America was built and defended by the blood, sweat and tears of everyone.
- Multiracial is beautiful: America brings together people from all over the world to create something new. It represents the whole human race, not just part of it. That is part of its strength and beauty.
- The Multiracial Default. Nothing is truly American unless it represents all races. Tokenism is a joke. Eurocentrism and Afrocentrism are too limited. Listen to people of all races. Decisions made mainly by people of one race are limited in viewpoint and tend to favour that race, therefore:
- Multiracial power. Institutions work best when the people who run them look like America, not like some white millionaire’s club or white suburbia – institutions like Congress, the president’s cabinet, courts, juries, corporate boards, the press, the police, schools, etc.
- Stereotypes are false. They are based on the logical fallacy of confirmation bias. No group of millions of humans can possibly be reduced to a handful of stereotypes. People are not that simple. Everyone is an individual first and foremost.
- Different is just different – not threatening, opposite, exotic, pathological, bad or ew. No one race or ethnic group is a shining model for others. Accept people as they are.
- America is screwed up. It was born in slavery and genocide and built on racism. It does not even work properly any more for most white people. The past cannot be changed, but it can be faced up to and made right by making America a land of equality for everyone.
– Abagond, 2013.
Thanks to commenter Jefe for suggesting this post.
- white racial frame
- Kumbaya anti-racism – fake multiracial frame
- American abolitionists – had a true multiracial frame
- anti-elements from the white racial frame:
- Quoting MLK
- “I don’t see colour, I just see a human being”
- The diseased host model of American society
- dichotomous thinking
- Why do whites hate, demonize, fear and look down on blacks?
- The perpetual foreigner stereotype
- The White Default
- colour-blind racism: the four frames
- The model minority stereotype