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1. I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.
Living in Minnesota, it's pretty easy to find white folk.
TRUE

2. I can avoid spending time with people whom I was trained to mistrust and who have learned to mistrust my kind or me.
This hides some things. I was trained to mistrust people who steal from me, regardless of race. My "kind" has little to do with race. FALSE

3. If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area which I can afford and in which I would want to live.
TRUE. I make a pretty decent income. My credit rating is pretty good as well.

4. I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me.
Hmm... My current neighbors are between neutral/tolerant and aggressively disliking me because of the way that I keep up the exterior of my house, having nothing to do with my race or gender preference. I'm giving this one a FALSE just for content.

5. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.
TRUE, because I am male.

6. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.
Sure, why not? TRUE

7. When I am told about our national heritage or about "civilization," I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.
Yep. TRUE

8. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.
I have no children. I don't want children. I don't really care about my children.

9. If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on white privilege.
FALSE. I can't find a publisher for most of my shit.

10. I can be pretty sure of having my voice heard in a group in which I am the only member of my race.
Never really put it to the test. I doubt that there would be a political group that I would attend where I would be the only "member of my race". FALSE.

11. I can be casual about whether or not to listen to another person's voice in a group in which s/he is the only member of his/her race.
You know, if somebody is putting forth ideas with merit succinctly and gracefully, I consider them regardless of race. TRUE.

12. I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the staple foods which fit with my cultural traditions, into a hairdresser's shop and find someone who can cut my hair.
What the hell? Music of my race? This quiz is forcing racisim. Music is cultural, not racist. And I like a whole lot of music that is cultural, as long as it's good. Fuck your race-baiting.

13. Whether I use checks, credit cards or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial reliability.
TRUE.

14. I can arrange to protect my children most of the time from people who might not like them.
Again, no children, no accountability.

15. I do not have to educate my children to be aware of systemic racism for their own daily physical protection.
Ditto.

16. I can be pretty sure that my children's teachers and employers will tolerate them if they fit school and workplace norms; my chief worries about them do not concern others' attitudes toward their race.
Hello, can we talk about something else?

17. I can talk with my mouth full and not have people put this down to my color.
Wow, this is just bad manners. Has nothing to do with race or color. TRUE

18. I can swear, or dress in second hand clothes, or not answer letters, without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the poverty or the illiteracy of my race.
Again, DUH. TRUE

19. I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial.
Are we in the deep south? TRUE

20. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.
TRUE.

21. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.
TRUE. I don't think anybody really wants me as a "representative of my race".

22. I can remain oblivious of the language and customs of persons of color who constitute the world's majority without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion.
Culture is different than race, people. I don't speak Chinese, and nobody that I run into in day-to-day exchanges really cares. I don't think that's racist. TRUE

23. I can criticize our government and talk about how much I fear its policies and behavior without being seen as a cultural outsider.
I think if I didn't criticize our government I'd be seen as an outsider. Again, it's not racist, but differs based on local government and the presentation of concepts.

24. I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to the "person in charge", I will be facing a person of my race.
Out of context. I don't give a rat's ass whether the person in charge is purple, green, or fuschia, I care whether they can help my situation.

25. If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven't been singled out because of my race.
Okay, really, can we look at paranoia here? If the IRS audits you, it ain't because of your race. If a traffic cop pulls you over, it may be because of your appearance, but that's on the traffic cop, not me.

26. I can easily buy posters, post-cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys and children's magazines featuring people of my race.
I don't really care. None of those things represents my identity.

27. I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong to feeling somewhat tied in, rather than isolated, out-of-place, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance or feared.
Yes, because I am involved in the policies of the orgaizations I belong to.

28. I can be pretty sure that an argument with a colleague of another race is more likely to jeopardize her/his chances for advancement than to jeopardize mine.
FALSE. Arguments with colleagues aren't really going to jeopardize any colleagues unless they're really out of line, at least in my company structure.

29. I can be pretty sure that if I argue for the promotion of a person of another race, or a program centering on race, this is not likely to cost me heavily within my present setting, even if my colleagues disagree with me.
Wow. TRUE.

30. If I declare there is a racial issue at hand, or there isn't a racial issue at hand, my race will lend me more credibility for either position than a person of color will have.
FALSE. I have no credibility.

31. I can choose to ignore developments in minority writing and minority activist programs, or disparage them, or learn from them, but in any case, I can find ways to be more or less protected from negative consequences of any of these choices.
Huh? Yes or no? Maybe?

32. My culture gives me little fear about ignoring the perspectives and powers of people of other races.
My culture? My "culture" accepts people of other races within the context of how they affect my day-to-day life. I have neighbors that are Mexican; they speak Spanish almost exclusively, they have a large family living at the house, they have loud parties occasionally. They're also some very nice neighbors and I like them. My other neighbor is homosexual, and very occasionally has loud parties. He's very oriented toward making his house look nice, and is quiet but amicable. Really, the only problems I've had are people within my own "race".

33. I am not made acutely aware that my shape, bearing or body odor will be taken as a reflection on my race.
My shape has historically been outside of racial boundaries, and I will absolutely and vehemently affirm the difference that losing a lot of weight has made. Far, far greater than any racial or cultural issue. That being said, riding in a taxi with a Somali driver increases the chance of an interesting olfactory experience. Does that make me racist, or observant?

34. I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking.
Culturally biased question.


35. I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without having my co-workers on the job suspect that I got it because of my race.
Suck my shiny metal balls.

36. If my day, week or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it had racial overtones.
This is really beginning to piss me off, and we're only to question 36.

37. I can be pretty sure of finding people who would be willing to talk with me and advise me about my next steps, professionally.
Yep.

38. I can think over many options, social, political, imaginative or professional, without asking whether a person of my race would be accepted or allowed to do what I want to do.
Yep.

39. I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.
Wow. Yes.

40. I can choose public accommodation without fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated in the places I have chosen.
Perhaps I live in a more enlightened society, but yes.

41. I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help, my race will not work against me.
Fuck you, Adolph.

42. I can arrange my activities so that I will never have to experience feelings of rejection owing to my race.
My activities tend to be oriented toward those who I believe will accept me by my nature. Race ain't an issue.

43. If I have low credibility as a leader I can be sure that my race is not the problem.
Yep.

44. I can easily find academic courses and institutions which give attention only to people of my race.
Any academic program devoted to race isn't really what I'm going for.

45. I can expect figurative language and imagery in all of the arts to testify to experiences of my race.
Testify?

46. I can chose blemish cover or bandages in "flesh" color and have them more or less match my skin.
Never really considered bandages matching my skin as an issue, yo.

47. I can travel alone or with my spouse without expecting embarrassment or hostility in those who deal with us.
Hostility? Not due to my race. Definitely due to my weight/size/appearance.

48. I have no difficulty finding neighborhoods where people approve of our household.
I wouldn't be "approved of" in the frou-frou neighborhoods around where I live. I'm tolerated where I am because I'm making progress. For the frou-frou, it's class more than race.

49. My children are given texts and classes which implicitly support our kind of family unit and do not turn them against my choice of domestic partnership.
No children. See "fuck off".

50. I will feel welcomed and "normal" in the usual walks of public life, institutional and social.
Normal? No. I have to hide a great deal of myself just to fit in. Company functions that expect spouse and family put me through the wringer enough that I asked a ringer to sub for my date at the last company function. Race really is no issue at my workplace, which is awesome. It's all about the level of brilliance, but there is a hidden "normalcy" that is expected, and which I don't really fit into.
In the geekdom in which I play socially, I think I fit in to a degree... again, so very not racist, but elitist within certain social norms (Shriners need not apply).



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1. List 5 things which are basic common knowledge in your culture, which people outside are unfamiliar with. This is not about obscurity, but something everyday to you, that others go "bzuh?" at.
You know, I don't really consider anything that I do having to do with my culture. It's more what I deal with on a day-to-day basis.

2. What was the last book you read that was written by a person who is a different race than you? Do you seek out books written by people of other races? Why? Why not?
I don't really consider the race or culture of an author for reading. If it's a book that I find interesting, I read it.

3. What did you eat at dinner last night? Would you call it ethnic food? Why?
I had fat-free cottage cheese with hot peppers rolled in deli-cut roast beef. Not ethnic, but practical based on my dietary restrictions post-surgery.

4. Has your gender presentation changed over the last 5 years? Has this change/lack of change been a deliberate choice on your part?
Yes. I've presented myself as more gay. It's a deliberate choice to tease croonerboy.

5. Do you discuss race and racism in your livejournal/blog or in person? Why have you made that choice?
Nope. It's not something that really affects me directly. Other things are more impactful on my life.

6. Bonus question. Were you aware of International Blog Against Racism Week? Did you choose to participate in it? Why or why not?
Nope. Nope. I honestly don't see it as much of an issue in the world in which I live.

Really, to me, race is not nearly as important as culture. I will admit to cultural distinctions. Joyously, in fact. And if you hold this against me, I would be more than happy to go toe-to-toe on it.

Some call me asshole. Very few call me asshole more than once.

Comments

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autodidactic
Aug. 10th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Rob, three things:

1.) You're really missing the point on a few questions.
2.) People don't come in green, fuschia, etc. Saying those types of things around black people is guaranteed to get you a few eye rolls. Just warnin' ya.
3.) I don't really feel like trying to explain #1. Just remember: white privilege is the most invisible thing to white people.

Your friend,
Leslie

Edited at 2008-08-10 10:01 pm (UTC)
magicmarmot
Aug. 10th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
I'm absolutely sure that I'm missing something, and I'm positive that there's a lot that's invisible to me. Some of my female friends have told me the steps that they go through normally everyday out of a background fear that I couldn't even conceive of, and it made me angry: partly that it was even necessary, and partly that just by the sake of my being male, I'm automatically assumed to be a potential danger.

Kind of the same here. Things that I can't grasp, things that are outrageously unfair, piss me off.

I'll get through it somewhere along the way. I'm really not trying to be a dick.
autodidactic
Aug. 10th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
I know you're not, hon. That's why I even wrote that. Perhaps a better way of looking at it would be to ask: how much harder would it have been to answer this question if I were black or female? I know you've got your own set of obstacles to circumnavigate, and I know you know deep down what's what.

You're my friend and I have faith in you.
alisgray
Aug. 11th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
this may help, also...
magicmarmot
Aug. 11th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
But girls do suck at math. And real science.
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magicmarmot
Aug. 11th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
I was raised in a bigoted household. My parents were a product of their generation to be sure, and their formative years were spent long before the civil rights movement even existed. It still shocks me at times when my mother starts talking about the "niggers and indians".

And while I do try to be "color blind", I know that I am sometimes affected by cultural differences, which are (to me) different than race issues; looking at the acceptance or lack thereof of the Somali immigrants in the African-American community points this out.

At the same time, I do know that I am affected by color/feature appearance and my gut reaction is something that I need to consciously work against.

Having this pointed out to me by someone else is annoying. I'll cope.
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