Saturday, January 12th, 2013

dev_chieftain: (SUBTLE LIKE A NEON-PINK T-REX)
...that indicate a detour or wrong turn into white guilt, denial or defensiveness.

The essay / .pdf is here.

Number 8 especially spoke to me. I have several students who try to justify racist stories they begin to tell me on the phone with this rationale, and this is one hard line I do take at work:

"But what about me? Look how I've been hurt, oppressed, exploited..."

REALITY CHECK + CONSEQUENCE:
This diminishes the experience of people of color by telling our own story of hardship. We lose an opportunity to learn more about the experience of racism from a person of color, while we minimize their experience by trying to make it comparable or less painful than ours.

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