Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition
Chapter 9: How Race Shapes the Lives of White People
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HOW RACE SHAPES THE LIVES OF WHITE PEOPLE
For me, I grew up in an open-minded, liberal white family and race was never an issue of any negative nature. My neighborhood was mostly white and for my elementary and middle school years I attended a parochial school, which was also mostly white. I had a very understanding family that wouldn’t raise us prejudice anyway. (ASR)
My individual neighborhood growing up was not very diverse at all. All 7 or 8 houses on my cul-de-sac were white, Christian families. Only recently did we get a bit of diversity when a young Korean family moved in about 2 years ago. I grew up in a very liberal accepting family and was always taught that everyone was equal and deserves love and kindness. I am very open to people who are “different.” (ASR)
In previous chapters I have provided some statistics to illustrate racist practices and policies. In the next two chapters I explore another aspect of racism; the unaware, unspoken, unmarked, and privileged aspects of white racial identity that lead to racist policies and practices. These aspects of white identity also ensure that I will most likely be unaware of, uninterested in, and in denial about the impact of these practices on people of color. In these chapters I explore how whites are socialized into a racist framework. My inability or unwillingness to acknowledge and challenge this socialization is key...
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