“White privilege!” This term stirs disbelief, ire, and resentment among so many of us whites, often leading to the counter-charge: “Reverse discrimination!” In “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and mourning on the American right”, Hochschild describes the mindset that perceives non-whites “cutting in line” in front of all us hard-working American Dream chasers. In… Continue reading “White Privilege” – Says Who?
Okay, so we’re three posts into this blog and we have evoked some racial tension. Actually, it’s a fairly common situation and was inevitable: quite a few white folks have been upset by strong replies coming from a Black man (some other time, I’ll address the varied use of capitalization). What to do about that?… Continue reading The Challenge of Engagement
I’ve read and researched and listened over the last few years to understand better the racial divide that exists among us. In that process I’ve uncovered misinformation I’d been taught, and information I should have been taught. At points I’d find myself thinking: “How is it that I never knew this?” “What other distorted history… Continue reading Brainwashed
I recently spent time in San Antonio TX. While the city’s most well-known tourist draw is the Alamo, once there, it’s the RiverWalk that tends to captivate. In the downtown area, it’s a creative, stunning array of cafes, shops and parks along the San Antonio River. It then stretches about 8 miles north and 10… Continue reading The Two Rochesters
This blog is public. But it’s also personal. A number of events occurred locally and nationally in the past 5 years that have highlighted major gaps in both my education and my experience. I’ve also become more concerned that the country and city I’m gradually turning over to my children and grandchildren are fraught with… Continue reading Why a Blog on Race in Rochester – by a White Guy?