Chapter 35 of Waking Up White: and finding myself in the story of RACE by Debbie Irving
Can you make a list of the ways in which America’s dominant culture has left an imprint on you? I could not have created much of a list before this journey. If you have trouble making one, you’re not alone!
- I feel free to step up and answer questions when they are put to a group.
- I am never afraid of being shot or arrested when I see a policeman. Even if I’m speeding (which I rarely do), my first thought is of the fine.
- I’ve NEVER been afraid to go to the polls to vote.
- I wasn’t reluctant to go to my children’s schools or to question teachers’ punishment or instructions.
- My kids were always welcomed in sports and other clubs (if we could pay for it).
- I knew I could go to college if I had enough money or if I could get a scholarship.
- I participate in Social Media, and if people disagree with me, I’m fine with that. If they are rude or abusive, I have no problem “unfriending” them.
- I have a choice about where I want to live (as long as I can afford it).
- Car salesmen and realtors are happy to see me.
- I can talk about race if I want to – but I don’t have to train my kids to keep quiet and not call attention to themselves.
- I can walk down the street without fearing a policeman will stop and question me.
- I’m comfortable volunteering in the neighborhood and at church.
I know there are many more examples. Do you have any others to share?
If you would like to join me as I blog about my experiences with race, please read the book. It was life changing for me.