Gaining knowledge to break the cycle

Regina Hatten, Japan. I grew up in a predominantly white area with family who used racial slurs regularly and racially profiled all those who were different. As an adult I learned how wrong they were and I don’t want that to be who I am.

You’re Guamanian? You’re whiter than me!”

All my life, people have mistaken me for “races” that I am not: Mexican, Hawaiian, Filipino, Indian, Brazilian. I was always flattered because I thought this meant I looked exotic and “different,” I wanted to look different. I didn’t want to look “haole,” our stolen Hawaiian word for “white.” That’s when I uncovered the implicit […]

The grief cycle of being white.

Theresa Martinez, Ontario, OR. In my journey to understand who I am and what I stand for, I have gone through the entire cycle of anger, jealousy, embarrassment, and now I can say that I am confident in who I am and have found peace.

Subconscious shame breeds fear then violence

Colleen Stanturf Davis, CA With a disproportional number of black men in prison, the cycle of violence really has not been broken since slavery days. Whites violate blacks in so many hidden ways, that the fear of retaliation for the wrongness is squeezed into a systematic, subconscious projection of black as predator. That IS the […]