This site is dedicated to the professional and academic work of Dr. Angela Dye.
Here’s the video to which I provided a brief response: https://youtu.be/WA4RDoTjwLk
First, I want to say that I’m proud that this young woman has found her voice, her platform and her community. All three are critical when you are a messenger finding your way in the world!
Second I want to encourage her to learn more about a) the three dimensions of power (particularly covert and latent power as they explain the undisclosed workings of the social world); and b) the social construction of crime and criminality (both have social utility and both evolve to maintain a continued, desired, social outcome).
I was drawn to this video because I wanted to hear a different perspective about the left. Yet, I was disappointed that her views lacked academic or theoretical support. In her defense though, she did say that she wasn’t an intellectual. My question, however is what then substantiates her positions? Note: Systemic racism isn’t necessarily “targeted”. That’s the beauty of it. It is racism at the structural level located across several social institutions, creating a sum- total effect.
To conclude, I really liked what she said about results versus intention. When we consider the results of our policies, practices and structures, especially when they disproportionately impact specific subgroups, it is reasonable to question those policies, practices and structures. Failing to do so would then make the default of questioning the subgroup acceptable … and that (problematizing the group versus problematizing the system)… is racist.
Thank you for reading.