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So I have long understood the critiques of relying on Peggy McIntosh and Tim Wise for introducing white students to race theory and the concepts of privilege. And (while they are not the same person and should not be painted with the same brush), Tim Wise's current panstlessness on Twitter has reminded me of a question I've been meaning to ask for a while.

While I know that there are plenty of excellent writings by people of color on the concept of privilege, I've never found anything, personally, as good as The Invisible Knapsack for really doing that first, preliminary, kindergarten step of introducing the concepts to white students who are initially resistant to the ideas. Given that pretty much anyone with any privilege on any axis is going to get their back up the first time they learn about the concepts, and white students especially given how overwhelming the racial problems are in this country and how much the dominant narrative wants us to believe in a post-racial society, I really like starting with something gentle, something they find it harder to kneejerk argue with. It's certainly not where I finish, but I have found it to be a useful starting point.

I'm sure there must be other introductory essays which are similarly clear and gentle but also written by POC, but my librarian skills are failing me. Anyone have any good recommendations?

(I know there's Scalzi's difficulty level essay, but that suffers from the exact same problem, and also doesn't actually particularly address my usual audience.)

Date: 2013-08-14 04:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
earlier, scalzi wrote a list of things (kind of like his poverty list) that he doesn't have to worry about because of his white male privilege. that might be better than the gaming essay.

also the vids of jay smooth are wonderful.

oh, also, the 101 links on the Angry Black Woman blog are very good.
Edited Date: 2013-08-14 04:15 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-08-14 06:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amaebi
I can't compare levels, but I'm very fond of Thandeka's Learning to be White: Money, Race and God in America. Of course there's that God part. Thandeka's a UU pastor.

And there's http://goodmenproject.com/ethics-values/why-i-dont-want-to-talk-about-race/

Whoops, this wasn't intended as a comment on prencessofgeeks's post, but there it went....
Edited Date: 2013-08-14 06:54 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-08-15 03:24 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] yendi
I'll second Jay Smooth. His How to tell people they sound racist actually also works well as an intro for white folks to hear the difference between "you sound racist" and "you are racist."

Date: 2013-08-14 06:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] purplecat
Scalzi also invited Mary Ann Mohanraj to write about racism 101 on his blog (Part 1) though it has a specific SF writer spin to it.

When I started out I found Cultural Etiquette: A Guide for the Well-intentioned by Amoja Three Rivers helpful though it may give a little too much scope for push back and it's over 15 years old now which always gives people the opportunity to insist that everything has now changed.

I have a feeling K Tempest Bradford has also written introductory stuff, but the details are eluding me at the moment.
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