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dev_chieftain ([personal profile] dev_chieftain) wrote2013-01-12 02:12 pm

Check this out: 28 common racist attitudes and behaviors...

...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..."

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.