Thursday, August 13, 2009

Response to Comments on Justine's Blog

If you are here to express at length, your views on how not all men and White/straight/rich people are the same, you are wasting your time and ours. We know this. We are referring to systems of oppression. To read responses to your concerns and others you may not have thought up yet, the following sites have done a FAR better job addressing them than I ever could.

The first link is from Tim Wise's blog. He is a white man who says many of the same things I do about race, gender, class, and other forms of systemic oppression. Of particular interest might be his essays on color-blindness and the inconvenience of white privilege.

Peggy McIntosh's essay, as well as Laura Atkins' Reflections on White Privilege in the Publication of Children's Books are also important reads; comments for the latter are here.

Tim Wise
Peggy McIntosh's Essay on White Privilege
Anger Does Not Equal Hate
How Not to Be Insane When Accused of Racism (a guide for White people) 
How To Suppress Discussions of Racism (read this before weighing in).
White Privilege
Racism 101

There are many, many others, but we'll start with those. I'm glad you are taking the time to read my essays and posts. It shows one of two things: 1) you are truly interested in dialogue and changing the world for the better; or 2) you simply want to prove yourself right. If it is the former, I welcome your insights and support. If it is the latter, I suggest you find forums better suited to your efforts.