Owning my Whiteness, Becoming an Ally

Becky Christensen
Ann Arbor, MI

Despite growing up in a somewhat racially diverse area in the San Francisco Bay Area, I had never thought about the privileges I had based on being White until I read Peggy McIntosh’s “White: Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” in graduate school. Since then, I’ve been actively exploring and acknowledging my Whiteness and am involved with social justice efforts on campus to help others become aware of their own racial identities as well as the systems of power and oppression in our society.

 

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