I know that we all have multiple identities and that my racial identity, as white, is one that allows me privilege that folks who share my other identities don’t have. When I first heard the term “white privilege” I thought I had experienced enough lack of privilege to balance it out. I was wrong. It didn’t take much reflection to see how dramatically wrong I was.
There were comments in the videos that there are a large number of ethnicities that are all grouped in America as ‘Asian’. The suggestion is that by recognizing the differences we would all be richer. I suspect that this is an unfair extension, but I wonder if our interactions would all be richer if we acknowledged that there are a wide variety of ‘white’ folks, grouping as 'white' is in no way accurate. (I am not sure whether the division is good in either case, but (this truly an ‘I want to ponder this’) if it is good to diversify amongst Asians, would it be good to diversify amongst Whites?)
Perhaps if Whites realized we weren’t all of one mold, we would feel less superior?
One of the things someone commented one in the videos that as ‘white people’ we don’t have a shared culture. We often don’t have a community that we identify with. I strongly identify with that observation. I often feel a strong nostalgia for something I never experienced when I observe cultural events and celebrations.
I think it is absolutely heartbreaking the black parents (and how many generations has it been necessary?) have to have ‘the talk’ with their sons and daughters. This was so eloquently captured by the young man who said that his mother had to be frightened every time he left home. He didn’t want it to be this way because he wanted his mother to be happy, he wanted to protect her.