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Talking White Privilege & Mixed Life with Michelle from 'Is That Your Child?'

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The biggest proponent of racism is the silence that white families often have when it comes to discussing race. The simplest explanation for why this silence furthers racism, is that prejudice and stereotypes can never be overcome unless we take the actions necessary to disprove them in our hearts and minds.  Growing up with certain assumptions about race flowing in and out of our daily interactions can create an alternate reality, in which we begin to believe the untruthes about a group of people, simply because the ideas are continually planted and we don’t have the tools to disprove them.  Often times, our minds are not intentionally driving these thoughts, but realizing that we have them and actively dismantling them one by one is the key to undoing racism.

 

I had the pleasure of talking with Michelle from the ‘Is That Your Child?’ podcast about white privilege, the importance of addressing racism and how I’ve worked to overcome the prejudices and assumptions that I grew up with.  I’d love to hear your stories and experiences and get your feedback on our discussion.  Read Michelle’s post about our discussion.

 

Listen to the podcast:


[audio:http://blogtalk.vo.llnwd.net/o23/show/1/997/show_1997663.mp3]

(This recording is also available on BlogTalkRadio)

 

 

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  • Jen Marshall Duncan
    July 9, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I listened to the podcast last night and as usual, Chantilly, you got my brain working overtime! I am so glad that you were invited to ITYC to share your thoughts and open up more dialogue about race and white privilege. The two of you made some excellent points and I loved hearing you talk about your own heritage. I thought a lot about the notion that much of white society society has forgotten that we are all from somewhere else. I agree with your thought: Maybe if everyone remembered their heritage, remembered what it was like when their family first came to America, they wouldn't be so quick to judge others. That part of the discussion also fit nicely with Ezzy's review of "A Nation of Immigrants" on MulticutlralFamilia! Very interesting discussions–on ITYC, MF, and here!

    • Chantilly Pati&ntild
      July 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks Jen.  It was kind of a surreal experience.  So many of the things I talked about with Michelle, I had never shared anywhere else online, so there were a lot of new thoughts said out loud and she asked some really good questions that took us in a really interesting direction.  Really great point about white heritage…I think that we would be more understanding if we weren't so far assimilated, and for those who've kept their heritage, I think the challenge to understand people of color could be lessened to some degree…even though it may not negate prejudices.  I'm really excited to read "A Nation of Immigrants" and so glad that Ezzy did this review on our site.  I'm sure it's a book that will bring many more insights on the topic.  Thanks so much for listening Jen!  :)