Part i) Normative Narratives
For this assignment, I decided to focus on the race blogs of Olivia (https://oliviastasiuk.wordpress.com/2018/02/16/race-a-hot-topic/) and Kendall (https://kendalljrl.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/self-story-3-reverse-racism/). I decided to do this assignment based on someone I know and someone I don’t know because I think that it would be good for me to get some kind of outside perspective on the topic.
Both of these stories show a certain normative narrative that I can say that I have noticed myself, they are just shown in different ways. Olivia’s post brings forward the narrative of the clear divide between white people and Indigenous people (especially in Saskatchewan) and what the societal differences between the two races are. On the other hand, Kendall brings forward the narrative that within social media there is a clear divide between white people and visible minorities.
Each of these stories demonstrates how, even though we may not notice it in our everyday lives, there is a racial divide within North American society. I relate to both of these stories because I agree with the premise of each of these stories. Each story brings out the idea that it is normal for there to be a racial divide between people, and I believe that even my own says that. Olivia’s bringing in of Peggy McIntosh’s article made me think about the different things that I do that may go noticed to someone else that I may think are normal. And going along with Peggy McIntosh I do believe that we need to stop taking the normal everyday things for granted and that we need a “more finely differentiated taxonomy of privilege for some of these conditions are only what
one would want for everyone in a just society, and others give license to be ignorant, oblivious, arrogant and destructive.”
Part ii) Creating Counter Stories
For this section, I read Samara’s blog. (https://samiramackenziesblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/07/ecs-110-self-story-3-race/)
The reason why I chose Samara’s blog is that there was one part of her post that made me not necessarily angry, not uncomfortable, just quiet. This part was at the end where she starts listing reasons “How to create white racists”. I am conflicted with this part of her blog post. I disagreed with it because I believe that racism is taught within society. However, I understand her point of why she added this to her post. I disagree with Samara saying that “The idea that white people are automatically born into privilege is just another way of segregating.” I disagree with this because it’s not segregating, it’s understanding that white people do have a certain power, historically, and even now. I agree that not all white people are as privileged as others, but people don’t realize that there is a societal structure where the white people are on top of the food chain and the lower classes (or races) are at the bottom. This is stated in Peggy McIntosh’s article where she states, “Yet some of the conditions I have described here work systematically to over empower certain groups.” A prime example of this is on my race blog where I talked about how the African American population in the United States having an increased chance of having hypertension.
Overall, I am conflicted with Samara’s blog post, but it was the only blog post I could find which I somewhat disagreed with. I think that society needs to stop teaching its children to be racist (anything that can be learned can be unlearned), and I also think that white people need to acknowledge that they do have a certain level of privilege, however, I also think that white people shouldn’t be shamed for having that certain level of privilege. Everyone needs to work together to solve our societal problems.
McIntosh, Peggy. (1988). “White Privilege: Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack” White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account Of Coming To See Correspondences Through Work In Women’s Studies. Retrieved from https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED355141.pdf#page=43