Posts Tagged "white privilege"

The White Privilege Conference

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Changing White Mind, For Educators | 2 comments

The White Privilege Conference

In the second week of April, I attended the 14th annual White Privilege Conference (WPC), held this year in Seattle. More than 2000 people of all races – students, educators, nonprofit staff, social workers, counselors, parents and activists – attended this year’s gathering, “The Color of Money,” focusing on the intersections of class and race. WPC, founded by African American educator Eddie Moore, “aims to create a learning community in which participants engage in a challenging educational experience as respectful community members.” At the opening...

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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, Part II

Posted by on Jul 23, 2010 in Changing White Mind, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Race & Culture | 5 comments

White Mind, Part II

This 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:   Part I defined White Mind as the unconscious patterns of thought and behavior resulting from socialization as a white American, and one of the causes for the low representation of people of color in all aspects of the children’s book field today. Part II offers ways to make White Mind conscious and change resulting behaviors. (I directly address white readers here, though I hope it’s provocative for...

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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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In a Nutshell

Posted by on May 30, 2010 in Changing White Mind | Comments Off on In a Nutshell

In a Nutshell

From the blog “We Are Respectable Negroes,” in a post by Chauncey DeVega declaring May 26 a “Be White for a Day” Holiday:   “The ultimate power of white privilege is the ability to determine when and how one will be uncomfortable.”   And a useful distinction from a comment to the same post:   “… notice the difference between white and ‘White.’ It is a huge one… This isn’t about white people it is about Whiteness....

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