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What a Trip to the Grocery Store Reveals About White Privilege

Posted by Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong on August 7, 2014

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There's something subtle happening when we talk about race. What does it mean, for example, to say of a person of color whose speech denotes formal education that he or she "talks like s/he's white"? These are attitudes deeply embedded in our culture, to which people of color can also fall prey, and they're rarely examined. But things get intriguing when we start to grapple with the idea of how to talk about white privilege - when applied to those who don't identify as white.

Alison Collins is a biracial woman who blogs at SF Public School Mom. After viewing our clip of Joy Degruy describing a trip to the grocery store, she stopped to confront some of her own experiences through the lens of privilege.

I may consider myself black, but my skin is decidedly lighter than many of my cousins. My racial identity may seem utterly confusing for some, but it is very clear for me. What makes me black is my experience. Unlike many white Americans, race and skin color has always been a regular topic of conversation in my household. Like many Black Americans, it has been so since I was a child. I know about the one drop rulepaper bag parties, and what it means to “pass“.

To read more of her great thoughts on the subject, please check out the entire post here

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Topics: White Privilege