Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition
Chapter 17: Racism and Specific Racial Groups
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RACISM AND SPECIFIC RACIAL GROUPS
The first thing you do is to forget that i’m Black
Second, you must never forget that i’m Black
—Pat Parker (1990)
To be completely honest, race hasn’t meant a whole lot to me in my life. My parents have always taught me that it doesn’t matter what your skin color is. What matters is the kind of person you are. I grew up in a neighborhood that was filled with middle class families, most of which were white. One of my best friends on the street is milado [sic] (I’m not sure if this is politically correct?) and the other was Caucasian. In my eyes, we are all just people with beating hearts. (ASR)
Throughout this book I have been discussing race in general terms: white people and people of color. For the purposes of challenging many problematic dynamics of racism, such as individualism and color-blindness, it is important for us as white people to be able to suspend our focus on ourselves as unique and/or outside of race and intentionally focus on our collective racial experience. Exploring our group identity interrupts a key privilege of dominance—the ability to see oneself as a unique individual, outside of the forces of socialization. Therefore, discussing white people in general terms may be seen as an interruption of the normal dynamics of racism. ← 299 | 300 →
However, for people...
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