To define racism only through extreme groups and their extreme acts is akin to defining weather only through hurricanes. Hurricanes are certainly a type of weather pattern - a harsh and brutal type - but so too are mild rainfalls, light breezes, and sunny days. Likewise, racism is much broader than violence and epithets. It also comes in quieter, everyday-ordinary forms
Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer in What is Racial Domination? (via kidonacloud)
THIS. This is the analogy I’ve been needing. Yes.
I could have used this analogy today. I was trying to get someone to understand the impact of microaggressions and the like. He was clueless. This could have stuck with him better than my fevered explanation (of how he was very, very mistaken that racism is most notable and consequential through overt acts i.e. lynchings and violence & segregation).
Most people will never get it, no matter how you try to explain it. Only thorough education and sometimes first hand experience gets this weight of this across for some.