***DAILY DO’S – TUESDAY 7AM EDITION***
Yesterday Katie Anthony started off the conversation about race by asking you to share the last time you were aware of your race. My day job forces me to think about race and my privilege as a white American just about every day. That being said, I still have so much to learn and unlearn. I regularly stumble as I try overcome the false-politeness that race was something best unmentioned and ignored.
In some ways, it was especially easy for me to ignore race. The part of rural Oregon where I spent my early childhood was far from diverse and I rarely encountered people who looked different than me. My conservative parents still tell the story about the first time I saw a black man. I was not quite a year old and he was a waiter at a Mexican restaurant. I screamed when I first saw him, and did not let up even as he patiently served my parents. Embarrassed, my parents ate quickly and left the man a very large tip. But other than this and a handful of stories about my mom’s college roommate who was a member of the Blackfeet tribe, race almost never came up…at least not directly. Race for us was coded, talked about in ways that I’m only now able to start pulling apart. We were “colorblind.”
1. #IndivisibleU presents #Race101: Colorblind
Start the day by reading Jon Greenberg’s “7 Reasons Why ‘Colorblindness’ Contributes to Racism Instead of Solves It” (http://bit.ly/1D8q9wz). Bonus, check out the articles he links at the bottom of the article. They focus on what white people can do to confront their own biases.
Then, it’s time to be brave again and start talking about your experiences with race. Share your earliest memories about race in the comments below.
All week we’re calling out free and courageous new sources. As the president puts pressure on domestic new agencies, we may need to look to outside sources for thoughtful preporting. Bookmark or follow the BBC at http://www.bbc.com/news or https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews/.
3. Today is the day our state Senate Natural Resources Committee hears the bill on Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve. For details on the bill and why it’s important to preserve this special part of Puget Sound check out the page put together by our Pantsuit friends up in Bellingham: http://bit.ly/2kmaJrk. Then call your senator and share why you think they should keep Cherry Point free from development.
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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