Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition
Chapter 18: Antiracist Education and the Road Ahead
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ANTIRACIST EDUCATION AND THE ROAD AHEAD
I am embarrassed when I think back to what I wrote on the first day of class. Like virtually everyone else, I said that race didn’t matter and that I had not been affected by it. To be white is to say that race has no meaning and in the next sentence say that my neighborhood was all white. White privilege means you have the power to surround yourself by people like yourself. Reading the reflections, it became very apparent that I was blinded to my whiteness and what it meant. I have come to see that we believe that race isn’t an issue because we have never been in a situation where we are not dominant. We have never had to be on the receiving end of racism. To be white is to never have to feel “not normal” in our society. On the other hand, people of color are constantly being defined by race. A very common theme in the reflections was the statement that race has not affected me and I am not racist. This comment most definitely comes from the mouth of a white person, because I can’t see any way that a person of color could make that statement. Whiteness allows us to make that claim without ever having to prove it. We prove just the opposite through the practice of our lives. To be white is to sit in the...
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