Gold mine! ==> Research Guides: White Privilege Resource Guide: Resources
Last year, UHS’s Understanding Whiteness group (faculty/staff affinity group) read and discussed White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo…and the faculty/staff of color noticed the difference. That, right there, is a positive review for DiAngelo’s book. If you haven’t read it yet, and you’re White, please do make that investment in yourself and in the people of color in your life (those who you know and those you don’t know).
Robin DiAngelo argues that our largely segregated society is set up to insulate whites from racial discomfort, so that they fall to pieces at the first application of stress. Read on, here: A Sociologist Examines the “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans from Confronting Racism
It’s hard to imagine that, before I moved here from the Detroit area 20 years ago, many residents had never met a Jew, let alone a rabbi. Now, much of the community has adopted me as its own.
Recommended reading: Dear White Teachers: You Can’t Love Your Black Students If You Don’t Know Them
“I was raised thinking being Jewish was safe. Not so much lately.”
Read the graphic narrative here: It’s All Happening Again
Several days ago, white supremacist neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville, distributing anti-Semitic material and chanting anti-Semitic slogans. Now suddenly, everyone knows something that many of us have known for a long time already: People in this country still hate Jews.
One result of these occurrences has been a flurry of think pieces by light-skinned Jews of European origin. These writers argue that Jews like themselves (and me) aren’t white, are only sort of white, or should stop thinking of ourselves as white.
Personally, Charlottesville didn’t change how much I think of myself as white. If anything, it only strengthened my reasons for identifying that way.
This article is from four years ago, but I am sharing this because I know many people I know and work with are unfamiliar with the difference between ally and accomplice. I’m talking more and more about accomplices because enough with allies who parachute in occasionally, feel good about themselves, and never risk anything. To me, risking something is the difference between ally and accomplice. So I want people to know this term. Anyway. In case you needed this break down, here it is.
This provocation is intended to intervene in some of the current tensions around solidarity/support work as the current trajectories are counter-liberatory from my perspective. Special thanks to DS in Phoenix for convos that lead to this ‘zine and all those who provided comments/questions/disagreements. Don’t construe this as being for “white young middle class allies”, just for paid activists, non-profits, or as a friend said, “downwardly-mobile anarchists or students.” There are many so-called “allies” in the migrant rights struggle who support “comprehensive immigration reform” which furthers militarization of Indigenous lands.