Can we stop talking about race? – HOWES ROUSED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . philosophical rants by Pieter Howes

Can we stop talking about race? – HOWES ROUSED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . philosophical rants by Pieter Howes – We assume, as whites, that our experiences of the world are universal and that every other race feels the same way we do about any given circumstance or issue. Have you ever heard yourself or your friends say, “Don’t lump all whites into the same category because we’re not all the same.” Well this serves merely as a tactic to deny white privilege or any form of collective responsibility. Dr. DiAngelo incisively points out that, “…whites often respond defensively when linked to other whites as a group or “accused” of collectively benefiting from racism, because as individuals, each white person is “different” from any other white person and expects to be seen as such. Whites invoke these seemingly contradictory discourses—we are either all unique or we are all the same—interchangeably.”

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