Tag: white privilege

When the Shoe Fits: Stories of My White Privilege (1)

You can do something or be something for years and never realize that what you do or what you are has a name. I’m going to tell five stories about the exercise of my white privilege. Only two or three come to mind so… Continue Reading “When the Shoe Fits: Stories of My White Privilege (1)”

My Traffic Stop

I was on my way to a 6:00 p.m. meeting and came flying down the hill on to our city’s lake drive like I had done 10,000 times. I was thinking about the day, bright and sunny, and the water, riled a little by… Continue Reading “My Traffic Stop”

Cracks in the Brick Wall: Thoughts on White Fragility, Part Three

I am tempted to use my whiteness as a weapon. Why? Because I know it would probably work. Why not? Because it’s contrary to my beliefs, undercuts people who aren’t white, and buys into and reinforces white privilege. I could weaponize my white privilege… Continue Reading “Cracks in the Brick Wall: Thoughts on White Fragility, Part Three”

Cracks in the Brick Wall: Thoughts on White Fragility, Part Two

Why does it take so long to absorb a simple fact?  Years ago, in a discussion about racial desegregation, my black Urban Affairs professor, Dr. Rose, looked me in the eye and said, “Blacks and whites don’t share the same space for very long.”… Continue Reading “Cracks in the Brick Wall: Thoughts on White Fragility, Part Two”

Cracks in the Brick Wall: Thoughts on White Fragility, Part One

“How would you feel if every time you walked into a meeting, everyone in the room was black?” The question was asked by a black colleague of mine in a meeting where we were tackling the issue of lack of diversity in our group. I… Continue Reading “Cracks in the Brick Wall: Thoughts on White Fragility, Part One”

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