As a white woman I thought that the first video where everyone was so scared to talk about race really resonated with me the most. Someone in that video said that when you think of a racist you think of a man in a white hood and I think that that perspective is incredibly poignant. Of course no one wants to be called a racist or be perceived as having racist roots because the KKK is so commonly referenced throughout American history as being “the” racist, white supremicists. What also has stuck with me and is sitting weirdly within me is what Ashley concluded her video with which is that white people have such a hard time conversing about and embracing culture because we don’t really have one. That was something I always envied about the black, asian and Native American kids I knew of growing up, especially once we got older and hit the high school age where those kids started to embrace their identity and be proud of their race. I feel like there must be that deeply-rooted sense of connection when you come to love your culture that I always wanted to be a part of and yet I don’t have that culture because I am not of any particular race that embodies that.
I know that as a white person I have always benefits from society because I looked like everyone else, but I know that I hold that privilege. It is difficult for me still to have those conversations with other white people, such as my family members, about checking their privilege and discussing racism because they don’t want to hear or come to terms with the fact that they, too, hold implicit biases that could be rooted in racist ideas.