A nuanced paradigm shift in the fundamental mechanics of our linguistics and communication process that is germane to the systemic nature of the social construction of a raced society. Racialism—an appellation that identifies the overarching systemic structure of the social organization and social differentiation of a society based on artificial signifiers (characteristics/features of the physical anatomy and bloodlines), commonly referred to as race.
Systems Thinking – A scientific approach that looks at organizational and societal structures that observes behaviors through a lens that focuses on a holistic view, interconnection, interdependence, context (purpose/function), and root causes & conditions; systems thinking includes the mastery of a specific language and a unique set of tools/techniques that enhances one’s ability to map, critique, and synthesize information.
“Deconstruction - Seems to center around the idea that language and meaning are often inadequate in trying to convey the message or idea a communicator is trying to express. Since the confusion stems from the language and not the object then one should break down or deconstruct the language to see if we can better understand where the confusion stems.” – Derrida, Jacques
The ultimate aim of the deconstruction process of the racialism phenomenon is to bring awareness and a lucid understanding of how our language (personal lexicon) may influence behavior and unwittingly perpetuate the dissonance and bifurcation that we strive to overcome. This process will also encourage life-long-learning, a paradigm shift, and the reframing of one's agency (a process by which we critically evaluate and choose our course of action) to help create meaningful and sustainable solutions and outcomes (a just, egalitarian, and equitable society).
Philosophy – Racialism is a broken, dysfunctional, and perpetually failing system that has provided no real concrete benefit to our society; nothing that we do seems to ameliorate this phenomenon. It is the cognitive imprisonment that has held the American society in systemic ethnic and color-bias captivity since the 17th century. Racialism cannot be understood in a vacuum or in isolation—it is a part of a complex interconnected web and systemic by its very nature. We continually create the socio-ecosystem and the complex conditions for the system of racialism to survive!
Our minds are frequently at work trying to make sense of our world; how we communicate makes a difference and learning to speak the language of inclusion is quintessential to our sustainability as a society.An Authentic Call to Action – Moving beyond rhetoric and debate – Requires metanoia (a shift of mind). Moving from placing blame, condemnation, and guilt – to learning and understanding – to recognizing the archetypes and behavioral patterns that are intrinsic to the structure of the system. Facilitating an inclusive and thought-provoking discourse that drives self-reflection to better define our personal agency, seeks viable alternatives, and fosters vision. Becoming an empowered agent for change--developing a flexible growth mindset, adaptable toolset, and proficient skillsets to create the necessary solutions that produce the desired outcomes is the challenge before us. We must construct an accessible pathway that leads to respect, collaboration, and rational discourse. Always moving towards a growth mindset through continuous learning.
Paul E Jones, Social Theorist
CLO - Bridging The Divide Initiative