Posts Tagged "white patterns"

Race Talk with Young Kids: How to Start

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in For Educators, Race & Culture, Transracial Adoption | 1 comment

Race Talk with Young Kids: How to Start

When our Korean-born daughter was four or five, one of her favorite adults was Hyo-Jung, a young Korean-American friend. At some point during each visit with our daughter, Hyo-Jung would lift a strand of her glossy, straight black hair, then a similar strand of Yunhee’s, and sing, “Same hair!” The game never failed to delight Yunhee and I’m sure helped forge a deep bond with this lovely woman who looked like her, as none of her immediate family members did. Hyo-Jung was simply pointing out the obvious, in a relaxed, playful, affirming tone. For people who’ve...

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Looking for Loopholes

Posted by on Jan 16, 2011 in Changing White Mind | 2 comments

Looking for Loopholes

One of the blogs I’ve been enjoying recently is Resist Racism, an Asian-American male perspective – sharp, smart, fierce and funny. One of the features of the blog is Racism 101, “an ever-expanding list of common understandings we share as anti-racists.” (“1. White privilege exists.”)   Number 8, “Defensive responses to issues voiced by people of color are invocations of privilege,” has provoked a long exchange of comments, mostly between one questioner (whose race is never identified but is clearly speaking out of the white experience) trying...

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White Mind III

Posted by on Oct 19, 2010 in Changing White Mind, For Children's Book Creators, Race & Culture | 5 comments

White Mind III

The following piece appears in my column, “The Illustrator’s Perspective,” in the current issue of the Bulletin of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. (See also “White Mind” and “White Mind II“). As always, I welcome reader comments and perspectives. ______________________________________________ This final installation examines what illustrators can do so that all kinds of children can see themselves reflected in our books. If that’s our goal, what do we need to know about White Mind in order to achieve our vision? 1. Good...

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Trying

Posted by on Jul 15, 2010 in Changing White Mind, Race & Culture | 3 comments

Trying

In response to the ongoing discussion on racial representation in children’s books, I’m continuing to reflect directly (beginning with this post) on the topic of white socialization and racial identity (especially the unconscious parts), for clues about how we got to this point and how we might move forward. White people need to talk more about the topic of race – with other white people. We can examine the messages we got (or didn’t get), express the thoughts we have (but don’t dare say), admit the mistakes we’ve made (or are making), and be candid about...

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Critiques and Defenses

Posted by on Jun 22, 2010 in Changing White Mind, Race & Culture | 6 comments

Critiques and Defenses

Whenever white conditioning is discussed within the white community, I find two reactions to be the most common: 1. One is a defense of being white, along the lines of “I shouldn’t have to feel bad because I’m white.” Let me be clear: Identifying White Mind doesn’t mean being guilty or ashamed to be white; on the contrary, I see it as a mark of strength and pride in fighting for the humanity of white people. Here are the assumptions I begin with: – It’s great to stand rooted in and to take pride in my own version of being human. Being white is a...

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