NOT IN OUR TOWN is an interracial, interfaith social action group united to advance the cause of racial justice in Princeton. We are committed to speaking truth about “everyday racism” and other forms of discrimination. Where there is conflict we promote reconciliation with open, honest engagement and mutual respect. Our activities and programs promote social and economic justice and educational equity for all. Our goal is that Princeton will grow as a town where everyone is safe and respected.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Cassandra Jackson: Accidental Caucasian
I had delightful phone conversations with numerous white women, who when they arrived at my door apologized for getting the wrong address. They looked terribly flustered when I announced that I was indeed the person that they had spoken with by phone. Some recovered from the shock. Others sat nervously peeping at every photo frame in the house to figure out if my husband was black too. One quickly announced that she would be raising her hourly pay rate.
She refers to the research of John Baugh, on how speech can trigger discriminatory practices.
Writes Jackson: I am reminded that even in the age of Obama, Americans are still deeply invested in race as an impervious category of difference. Indeed, it is the reason why the Obamas are black, rather than multiracial. Racial difference is still the primary means through which we understand our world and our place within it. And, any experience that challenges categories of race is usually unwelcome.
Thanks to Lesa Day, an author, speaker, and parenting coach, for drawing this essay to our atttention. Read Jackson's essay here.
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