I thought the discussion vital and worthy of my best White girl "Whoohoos!" My hapa (mixed) husband said opinions expressed would stir White unrest and negative sentiment towards Black and Brown races. A good African-American girlfriend of mine expressed anger and surprise.
But at least we were talking about Whiteness.
None of the White people opinions surprised me. It didn't come as a shock to me that 40% of White Americans say "many" or "almost all" Black men are violent. But it is enlightening to hear a Caucasion woman explain why she is scared of Black men. I didn't hear anything I haven't heard before. They were the same opinion my White friends and I used to debate twenty years ago. Its sad to realize how little White folk opinion has changed.
I took about 25 minutes to watch every video. I came out feeling revived with arguments to dismantle every opinion I didn't agree with. It important to feel ready for peaceful verbal reasoning to combat Caucasian ignorance with wit high on compassion and a desire for justice.
Next time I hear another White male complain about Affirmative Action I can listen with compassion but use my words to represent a different reality. White males competing with Brown and Black skinned people over jobs is a misdirected fight. In the richest country in the world, why are there not enough jobs for everyone who wants to work? And if you think White folks want work more than other racial groups, why is that? It serves money-making institutions of power to perpetuate viewing other folks as work competition when the real fight is creating more equitable paying jobs for all. As a nation, we have food to grow, bridges to repair, highways to make more efficient, oil spills to clean up, kids to educate, and electric grids to modernize. There is plenty jobs needing done and men and women of all races to do them. Not to mention, the largest employed group empowered by Affirmative Action has been White women. I like my job, thank you very much.
I recommend checking out all 21 people. And hosting a Whiteness group to talk about race. Did you know that 70% of White Millennial Americans did not grow up in families that talked about race? And when White folks around me growing up did talk about race, it was in hushed tones and always about other races never about white folks. I was told to be "colorblind." The first time I saw an African-American teenager when I was staying at my cousin's who lived in the city, and I pointed at him and said he looked just like Michael Jackson (and he did not look like MJ), my Auntie needed to have a conversation later and say, "Michael Jackson is one of hundreds of thousands unique African-American people. That man had beautiful espresso colored skin and doesn't that skin look great?" Instead she shushed me into ignorance thinking I did something bad other than pointing.
White folks need to practice talking about race. What does White skin mean to you? We can all get to work on that.