– People of color need to speak truth-to-power without being accused of being divisive or trouble-making. The trouble-making and the division is happening to them, and it’s not of their accord, and it’s not their fault.
– The constant lie is, “If only Blacks would stop talking about being black, racism would end… If only Mexicans would stop speaking in accents… If only Muslims would stop flaunting their Muslimness… If only women would stop yapping about their ladybits…”
– Privilege allows us to tell others that they shouldn’t bring up their differences, as those differences only divide us. Only in Privilege Land can difference be a negative thing.
– The best that can be said about the claim that color-blindness is a goal is that it’s like claiming that we must strive for ignorance.
– It’s usually white people who claim color-blindness because it’s easier for us than having to acknowledge the problems of racism in the US. Just as it’s often men who declare that women complain too much about their burdens, and middle and upper class who consider the poor to be undeserving.
– White people, like myself, have the privilege of being taken seriously simply because we were born White and male. Yet our roles as neighbors and citizens necessitate that we take the words and perspectives of others who are not like us seriously.
– When you say “color-blind”, what I hear is, “I accept you on MY terms, rather than for who you are.”
– The better position would be to listen to what people of color say and not presume that it means they hate you or that you have to lose your culture.
– We cannot presume to love our neighbors if we’re not willing to walk in their shoes for a bit.
– I come from a mixed-race family, I grew up in multi-cultural/multinational/multi-racial neighborhoods, schools, and churches, but I always assumed that I was right and that Euro-American culture is indisputably best. Not because I was raised to be racist or was an arse. But it’s part of how this country and its racist genes work their way into our schools, education, social conventions, etc.