Posts Tagged "whiteness"

Read. This. Article.

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Changing White Mind, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Read. This. Article.

Read. This. Article.

Especially if you are white. Amazing article by Kartina Richardson in Salon – “How Can White Americans Be Free?: The default belief that the white experience is a neutral and objective one hurts both white and American culture.” It’s fierce and it’s tender, and it’s full of memorable ideas and arresting phrasing: “Because The Default has so successfully dominated our subconscious, because our egos have been shaped by it from the moment of birth, we perpetuate it in micro ways while fighting inequality with more obvious actions. The silent poison...

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The Myth of Innocence

Posted by on Jun 11, 2010 in Changing White Mind, Events & Presentations , Race & Culture | Comments Off on The Myth of Innocence

The Myth of Innocence

More than a decade ago, I participated in an “Undoing Racism” workshop run by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. During a workshop break, I had a conversation with an African-American woman about the phenomenon of white people being so unaware of the bias they carry and their frequent passionate defense that since they didn’t intend to do anything racist, it couldn’t have been racist. Yet the impact of their attitudes or actions remains harmful. In the course of our discussion, this woman challenged my characterization of this process as being...

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White Privilege & Children’s Books

Posted by on Feb 25, 2010 in Changing White Mind, Diverse & Global Books, For Children's Book Creators, Race & Culture | 9 comments

White Privilege & Children’s Books

In the 1980s, Peggy McIntosh, a Wellesley professor, was working with a group of colleagues, both male and female. She kept noticing the privileges these male friends of hers took for granted and how they couldn’t seem to see it even when their female colleagues drew their attention to it. One day, she had an aha moment: If my male colleagues have unearned privileges and benefits that I as a woman don’t have (and they can’t see), perhaps I as a white person have similar privileges that my colleagues of color don’t have (and I can’t see). As an experiment, she...

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Writing Whiteness

Posted by on Feb 24, 2010 in Changing White Mind, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Writing Whiteness

Writing Whiteness

Get a pen and paper. Sit down in a comfortable place and get quiet. Imagine yourself as a child. Remembering your young life, ask: What is my earliest memory of noticing that my skin was a different color from someone else’s, or that theirs was a different color from mine? In other words, if you’re white, in what circumstances did you first notice that you were “white?” (This is an enlightening exercise for anyone of any race, but particularly so for white people because so often the subject of race simply isn’t raised in the white community.) Other racial...

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Being White in a World of Color: Groundwork

Posted by on Feb 16, 2010 in Changing White Mind, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Being White in a World of Color: Groundwork

Being White in a World of Color: Groundwork

Thirty-nine years ago this fall, I was a first-year studio art major at Mount Holyoke College. I’d come to South Hadley, Massachusetts from my family’s home on a rural island off the coast of South Korea, so I was experiencing deep culture shock, though I had no language for it at the time.   Somehow I found my way to a campus workshop on racism, presented by Judith Katz, a UMass-Amherst professor who was developing the material that became her 1978 book, White Awareness: A Handbook for Anti-Racism Training.   Katz led the workshop participants through a series of exercises...

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