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The Curse of Western Voluntourism

I am fixing to go into a fit of rage as I write this post, all thanks to one Matthew Durham. His claim to fame? Allegations that he  725 more words

The Africa I Know

What to do now that you're aware of your privilege(s)

When it comes to concept of privilege, there seems to be this common stumbling block for people who are well-meaning and want to be social justice allies of some sort or another. 1,753 more words

What White People Need To Understand About White Privilege

It’s a concept that is wildly misunderstood. It’s a reality that is often ignored. It’s the truth that affects each of us every day. We can choose to ignore it. 881 more words

23 Quotes That Perfectly Explain Racism (To People Who Don't "See Color")

If the first words out of your mouth are to cry ‘political correctness!’, … chances are very, very high that you are in fact part of the problem. 1,661 more words

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When I was in college, I got a job bussing tables. In a Thai restaurant. Several white American customers expressed their objections to my working at an "ethnic" restaurant. I was disrupting their experience of "otherness". This struck me as incongruent with their expressed desire to "respect" the foreign culture they were "patronizing". In their response, I caught a whiff of imperialist assumptions about the ways race and class are "supposed" to intersect. My job cleaning their dishes had nothing inherently "Thai" to it, nothing about my cultural background made me unqualified to wipe down their tables, and my presence in no way interfered with the "authenticity" of the Thai chefs in the kitchen--chefs who had already modified their traditional recipes for American palates. But patron comments on my race as being inappropriate for my job fired off a lifelong journey to better understand my own race privileges as a white American. For example, I could--and did, with some degree of ease--apply for and get jobs outside the service industry. Many of my coworkers from that restaurant remain in waitress jobs to this day, despite advanced degrees and fluent English. The same assumptions that inspired rude comments toward me as a bus girl, also made it easier to leave blue-collar jobs when I needed to. We are very, very far from being a civilization that does not "see" race, and this is perhaps most evidenced in the ways whites talk to each other about race. Or rather, refuse to talk at all. Awareness is insufficient. But it is a necessary beginning. These 23 quotes posted on "My Truth Captured" perfectly sum up the problems with any refusal to "see" race or to challenge white assumptions about the hierarchies that surround race.

Strange Encounter

The Lesbian Postmodern by Laura Doan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The winged lesbian on the cover of this book gazes anxiously at the hand with which she finishes drawing her second, presently missing trouser leg, while in the other hand she holds aloft a fragrant bottle of essence. 786 more words

Literature

So the other day I was browsing the news on the internet and I clicked on this article. (You should totally pause and read it now) 833 more words

Equality

This Woman Got DOLLA BILLZ For Lack Of White Privilege

So the other day I was browsing the news on the internet and I clicked on this article. (You should totally pause and read it now) 833 more words

Equality