I'm grateful for the section of the training that discussed how white culture is essentially "freedom," this entitlement to do whatever one wants to do. I'm also grateful that it was pointed out that the reason the response to the COVID-19 threat has been so visceral for Americans, especially white Americans, is that essentially many people are just not used to being told what to do. I've watched as governors of certain states refused to institute shelter-in-place orders because they don't want to infringe on people's "constitutional rights." So they'd rather let their constituents risk illness and death? As someone who lived in Southeast Asia during the SARS epidemic, people living there had the sense to recognize that one cannot enjoy anything -- let alone freedom -- if sick and eventually dead. In Asian culture, it's an act of looking out for oneself and for others to wear a mask. I don't know if that was ever viewed as an "infringement on human rights."
I think what baffles me most about white culture comes from a quote by Laila Lalami in her article titled "The Identity Politics of Whiteness" (which was referenced in the last TEDTalk of this module): "'White' is seen as the default, the absence of race... 'White' is a category that has afforded them an evasion from race, rather than an opportunity to confront it." Other than country music, I do wonder what else sets apart white folks culturally. Is this why so many white folks in America are bound and determined to hang on to vestiges of the Confederacy, as horrific as slavery was? Is this why some white folks in America tend to identify with Alt-Right groups? Because they don't have a mooring culturally? I don't mean to be disrespectful in my asking. I am truly curious.