Portraying Government as Overreaching
Depicting government efforts to promote racial equity and inclusion as misguided, unnecessary and/or improper.
EFFECT ON RACIAL DISCOURSE ON RACIAL DISCOURSE
Undermines support for a significant government role in dismantling systemic racism. Suggests that if government would just “get out of the way” (i.e., stop infringing on the individual freedom of whites), we could have a “colorblind” country once and for all.
A low-income family of color recounts the story of how they “got in over their heads” in the housing market through the rapid refinancing of their home. Media coverage blames a government program for first-time homebuyers that helped the family make their initial purchase, for disrupting “market forces” which should be “free” from government “social engineering.”
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In This Section:
- Individualizing Racism
- Falsely Equating Incomparable Acts
- Diverting From Race
- Portraying Government as Overreaching
- Prioritizing Intent Over Impact
- Coded Language
- Silencing History
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