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Whiteness

A few weeks ago someone took a swipe at one of my posts, claiming that “in my whiteness” I had no idea what I was talking about.

I’m accustomed to criticism so I’m usually good at letting these things slide but, for some reason, this comment parked in my head for a while.

Whiteness.

Beyond the obvious, what does that even mean?

I’ve dabbled in the conversation around race in America here and here, but I’ll admit those opinions were driven by news reports and studies like the one released this week regarding Baltimore police.

Could that be it?

In other words, could it be that I’m being judged because I can’t relate?

It’s true that, as the mother of two boys myself, I don’t understand what it’s like to send my kids into the world with an abnormal fear for their safety – even around those who are tasked with protecting them.

I get it.

Still, what I don’t get is how demographic alone is cause to omit a person from the discussion entirely, especially when they are earnestly seeking to add to it. After all, isn’t that the very form of discrimination we’re supposed to be fighting against?

If we are going to get to the root of racism, it would seem that everyone needs to be at the table and respectfully contributing their piece. I know that I have much to learn, but at least I’m trying TO learn – and if you’re reading this my guess is that you’re trying to learn too.

So let’s have a conversation, shall we?

On Monday I’ll post part two in this series – tentatively titled Blackness – which will cover a question many are asking in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Namely, if the vast majority of crime against black people in this country is at the hands of other black people, then what is causing that and, equally important, what can be done to stop it?

I’m going to share a fascinating insight from Brown University professor Glenn Loury with you, and so stay tuned for that on Monday morning. In the meantime, you are welcome to add to the discussion on Facebook and, even if you don’t want to speak on this topic, please pop over and say hi.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Xo –

Emily

 

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