There are a number of reasons I think we (white people) find it difficult to talk about race. None of us enjoys conflict especially such an emotive issue as race. Conflict is uncomfortable and when we feel threatened (and therefore vulnerable) we prepare ourselves to either stay and fight, or look for a way out (flight).
We may avoid talking about race because – as the dominant culture (white) – we realise that there is a portion of blame to which we must take responsibility. Perhaps not individually but certainly as a white collective eg. colonisation On the other hand we may recognise our ignorance on the topic however much we listen to the media.
Where I live the media is most certainly ‘white’ . It takes effort to research the issues personally, there is so much literature simply knowing what to source from where can be overwhelming … so maybe we do nothing; it’s too hard. Perhaps the most insidious of all is that we have a subconscious (white) superiority complex.
Many do not understand their birth privilege and continue to hold the values and beliefs of birth families. Our sense of entitlement comes with privilege. Anything that messes with our ‘right’ to behave in certain ways threatens our sense of who we are … and that’s all too often just too hard.
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