Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition
Chapter 8: “New” Racism
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I grew up in pretty much an all-white neighborhood. Every part of my life growing up told me that race is obsolete; it does not matter. Therefore, by being told this many times, I have taken away that everyone is equal and the way you look or the color of your skin does not matter. (ASR)
The town and neighborhood that I grew up in had basically no diversity. I would say 95% of the population in my town is Caucasian. However, my school and family have taught me never to look at someone differently just because of their race. I’ve believed in this all my life, so to me there is no difference how I am towards people based on their race. I try hard every day to live in a nice respectful manner to give my race a good name. (ASR)
Upon the election of the first biracial president of the United States, pundits declared that society was now “post-racial.” This meant, presumably, that racism is in the past and race no longer has significance in our lives. This is a common dominant group narrative when there is a milestone in inter-group dynamics. I imagine that when women were granted the right to vote, sexism was declared dead; when civil rights legislation was passed, racism was declared dead (again); when the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed, ableism was pronounced dead, and so on....
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