I wrote this post in the hope that my experience may strike a chord with other white people who are working to dismantle their own racist acculturation. That it happened, goes without saying; how exactly it happened is what I’ve been trying to unpack for quite a while. Here, I’m going to relate two facets…Read more »
Is overtly racist; their racist beliefs are public and obvious. Is quietly racist; they disguise and are subtle about their racist beliefs. Remains fearful or untrusting of Black people, as learned from parents/caregivers. Unwilling to talk about racism. Engages in gaslighting when challenged on racial comments or behavior. Believes racism isn’t a deal breaker. Believes…Read more »
She said not to turn away, when we became uncomfortable. The work will make us feel that way. I agreed. I’d heard and understood that message over a decade ago, at a UPenn workshop. I watched folks turn away then, when the work became difficult- when it challenged us to think about who we are.…Read more »
Being the grandmother of three black boys – who will soon become three black men – has changed me. Racial injustice is no longer a discussion or research topic; it now defines my anti racist role, so that my grandsons will be safe and respected by society.I’ve been evolving just as my understanding of what…Read more »
All my life I couldn’t wait to get old, but I figured that living in a culture that worships youth, my anticipation of being a senior citizen wasn’t a very popular perspective to share with others.