In my bubble of privilege, I knew that there were discrepancies in how darker-skinned folks were treated, but I persisted in the belief that colorblindness was the answer. My proximity to whiteness—my ability to “pass” as a majority culture person—allowed me to mostly ignore issues of race and ethnicity.
Nice White Parents is the new podcast from Serial Podcasts and the New York Times. Produced by Channa Joffe-Walt and Julie Snyder with editorial work by Sarah Koenig, Nancy Updike, and Ira Glass—all names of podcast fame—this podcast is a five-episode deep dive into one New York City public school’s relationship with the students who attend it and more specifically those children’s parents.
Over the course of four novels, Marilynne Robinson has given the world the palimpsest of Gilead, Iowa, upon which we have seen the slow drama of the Ames and the Boughtons play out.
If you are angry about movies that stereotype race relations in the U.S., you will be angry at Green Book. If you wish for racial and social healing, you will have your wishes come true in Green Book.
Is this an option for everyone? Dreher calls his idea “the Benedict Option”, but is it really an option for all people? Or is this available only for those with privilege?
There are intentional forms of racism, but race also works as a social force that structures our perceptions, values, practices, institutions, etc. We need to distinguish between the intentional and structural varieties.