White privilege. It’s a system that is embedded in our culture “to overempower certain groups. Such privilege simply confers dominance because of one’s race [white/Caucasian] or sex [male]”.
In looking and thinking about white privilege, I periodically read other civil rights bloggers to see what that have to say on the issue of white privilege, racial inequities, and how people of all races and ethnicities view the world. One of these bloggers had a link to a new person [to me]; Glenn Robinson is this “new” blogger. He writes about mixed cultures, mixed heritages, and mixed identities in what I believe is an effort to speak the truth about other views of our world in an effort to help break down some of the barriers that white privilege creates.
Glenn maintains several different civil-rights based blogs. Topics range from Amerindian issues [500 Nations], to immigration and multiculturalism [Community Village], to views about mixed cultural heritage [Mixed American Life], to systemic oppression, violence, and disenfranchisement [Oppression Monitor].
The blog that initially caught my eye is called Mixed American Life. And the article that I first honed in on is called Racial Lenses. Here are a couple of excerpts from this blog. If you are interested in more of his work, please check it out. I’m impressed. I hope you are too.
What is a racial lens?
A racial lens is what influences how you view the world by way of your own experience, your own racial and ethnic experience. -Glenn Robinson
Xenophobic Racial Lenses
Some ways cultures describe their own color
- Africans – Black
- Asians – Gold
- Chicanos – Bronze
- Native Americans – Earth tone, Golden
- Europeans – White, Pink, Red
Mixed Heritage Racial Lens
I HAVE THE RIGHT…
Not to justify my existence in this world.
Not to keep the races separate within me.
Not to justify my ethnic legitimacy.
Not to be responsible for people’s discomfort with my physical or ethnic ambiguity…. [and more, this is just a start of the list of rights Glenn presents in his blog]