White people: not them, but us.

Jessica Keast,
Portland, ME.

I’ve noticed that many white people have a tendency to use the pronoun ‘them’ instead of ‘us’ in relation to other white people when talking about race. By failing to include ourselves the group we push the blame off ourselves, but also neglect to recognize the implicit biases present in everyone. This only perpetuates the issues we have with race in todays society.

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  • nm_guy

    You have a point but part of it might also be that most white people I know don’t classify themselves as “white”. Not that they classify themselves as some other color/race but that they think of their identity as something other than “race based”.
    Also social conditioning tells us that it is bad to be “white” because “white people are racists” and “white people rig the system in their favor”. Why would anyone say “yeah I’m part of that” when it is portrayed so badly.

 

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