Prepare yourself to discuss race, racism and other difficult topics with students.
Acknowledging privilege is difficult. It implicates you in the act of oppression, and very few want to think of themselves as oppressors. But if you dislike racism, yet do little — if anything — to resist it, you’re enabling racial oppression and benefitting from it. This not only harms people of color. It also harms white people and their humanity.
You’ve heard it. You might’ve said it. “I don’t see color.” Or “We’re all just people.” This author has learned about several problems with the colorblind ideology, and here they are: 7 Reasons Why ‘Colorblindness’ Contributes to Racism Instead of Solves It
Joy DeGruy’s opening in this clip is very useful in explaining the difference between racial prejudice and racism.
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“…I asked another friend what it’s like being the mother of a black son. ‘The condition of black life is one of mourning,’ she said bluntly. For her, mourning lived in real time inside her and her son’s reality: At any moment she might lose her reason for living. Though the white liberal imagination likes to feel temporarily bad about black suffering, there really is no mode of empathy that can replicate the daily strain of knowing that as a black person you can be killed for simply being black: no hands in your pockets, no playing music, no sudden movements, no driving your car, no walking at night, no walking in the day, no turning onto this street, no entering this building, no standing your ground, no standing here, no standing there, no talking back, no playing with toy guns, no living while black.”