Transforming White People Is Not the Job of Minority Students – Pacific Standard

A thought provoking read. Go ahead and lean into discomfort.

Here’s an excerpt:

A particular case in point is the reception to a 2006 study in the American Economic Review that revealed how black roommates made white students more likely to approve of affirmative action and have minority friends in the future. When the New York Times cited the study, the paper interviewed a black and white roommate pair at North Carolina State University, leading the relevant section with the line, “Courtney Jones is a case study in empathy.” Jones was the white student. The article devoted 154 words to her experience. Her black roommate Melanie Paige’s story began, “Ms. Paige says she was changed, too.” It is told in 47 words. In this context, Paige is little more than an afterthought in the transformation narrative of her white roommate.

Read the entire essay here: Transforming White People Is Not the Job of Minority Students – Pacific Standard

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