What are your thoughts about the concept of white culture, identity, and entitlement as they were discussed? What are your thoughts about the concept of white privilege? You can share dialogue with other participants about these questions, or any other thoughts or experiences during this section of the module.
I identified a lot with what was said in the video about how white isn't really an identity or culture, its just the default race. I have been taking classes to get my ESL (English as a Second Language) endorsement because I teach in an inner city school. In those classes we are often asked to look at our own culture and background. I have had a hard time with that because my family has not held strong ties to our cultural background. I have no idea where my ancestors are from or what mixtures of cultures and races lie on my family tree. We don't have traditions that come from our culture. I don't know that that is something that is widely valued in white homes. Once you are American and white, that seems to take the place of any other culture/race.
I definitely believe in white privilege. There are so many ways that white people have small advantages in life. Even if you put aside the huge problems that African Americans and other people of color face on a daily basis (racial profiling, discrimination, redlining, cultural appropriation, and the list goes on and on) just the fact that you can easily find dolls and books with characters who have the same skin tone as you is a privilege that not everyone has. When I buy things for my classroom (books, clipart, pictures, decorations) I am always looking for multi racial characters/faces represented. I never had to worry about things like that growing up. My parents never had to color in the pictures in my books so the characters looked like me. My parents never had to teach me how to interact with police officers in a way that would keep me safe. My parents never had to teach me the meaning of racial slurs and how to call out racism and discrimination. I am privileged because of all of those things and many, many more.