Something that intensely interests me is White racial awareness. Whiteness, like Blackness, is a social construct, and a powerful one. It is easy to ignore your racial identity as a person who appears White, regardless of your ethnic or national background. Here is a book that I found that explores this topic. I haven’t read it completely, so don’t hold me to Paul Kivel’s views, but I urge White people to start examining these issues, because if we don’t, racism will be perpetuated. If you are a White person who believes that you are interested in a socially just world, you cannot ignore the power of racial constructs, particularly the Black/White binary that is so powerful in the United States and its history. Racially you are not “nothing.” Chances are, if you have light skin, other people identify you as White and treat you a certain way in accordance with your Whiteness. Please consider awareness of your own racial identity part of your interest in a socially just world. Consider yourself informed: it matters.
Buy it on Amazon here.