Narrative Assignment (How do you in/advertently perpetuate racism? …
How do you in/advertently perpetuate racism?
Perpetuating racism by not preparing my students well enough
Sending students into problematic environments where they may do more harm than good
Consumption/participation in capitalism
What I buy, eat, wear, etc. directly marginalizes people of color
Fashion? How does what I wear perpetuate racism
When I wear a hoodie, etc., it's "cool" or "grunge", whereas when a person of color wears that they're followed around stores or worse
How can I change that, though?
Performance of whiteness: whiteness isn't just the color of skin, it's "shifting and malleable" (p. 87). AKA I am white on many levels--christian passing, straight passing, etc., which all combine to make me more palatable in comparison to a person of color
Putting the onus on POC to end racism
The "white moderate"
I'm able to wait for a "good time" to end racism and I won't suffer in the meantime. This allows me to be apathetic
INTEREST CONVERGENCE: people get involved in what benefits them
I can inadvertently perform microaggressions due to my own subconscious or conscious racism
Holes in your intersectional approach to racial justice
A lack of knowledge of issues outside of the US
Human rights vs. civil rights
How do you benefit from racism?
My race gives me easier access to quality education
My race gives me an easier path to a career in education
I have always had mentors in education who look like me, race-wise
I attend and give my money to a university with financial interests that marginalize people of color
The paradox of needing formal education in order to enact the kind of social change I want to
I'm more likely to get and keep a job
Because my ancestors have benefitted from racism, I'm able to accumulate wealth by inheritance
My race doesn't make me a target for police violence
My race gives me an advantage/the benefit of the doubt in the legal system
How do you work to dismantle racism?