Reflect on your own racial identity. Are there any experiences that you related to in the videos above? Think about some of the discussion in the videos centered around colorism and privilege. In the racial group that you identify with, has the societal favoring of light colored skin ever impacted you? Were there any experiences from racial groups you don't belong to that surprised you, or that you had never considered before?
As a white female, I honestly can say that I cannot relate to the experiences that these People of Color were willing to share. But it did make me think about how my body language and nonverbal actions could also perpetuate racism and I believe that I have not ever clutched my purse or crossed a street to avoid a group or person of color. Along these lines, I also have the privilege of never being stopped by police because of my color or being passed over for a promotion because I am a person of color. And I do not have to worry that if I am stopped by a police office, I likely will not be mistreated, assaulted and/or killed, just because I’m of a particular race. In watching these videos, I was saddened to hear from several of the individuals that there is racism and discrimination between groups of color as well as within groups of color. I have to say I was ignorant of the extent of this. The Native and Latino individuals who spoke about being biracial and having difficulty fitting in with one or the other race; Black people telling biracial Black and Latino or Native people that they ‘aren’t Black enough.’ So not only do White people marginalize and make negative assumptions, so do the other races including Black people, Asian people, Latino people and Native people. It’s disheartening – how can we repair these traumas that we as human beings continue to perpetrate upon one another? It feels too huge, almost too overwhelming and therefore ‘unfixable.’ I can see why many White people are paralyzed over racism.