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However, as I allocate and focus my limited time and energies, and follow the dictates of the Spirit of God in my broken heart, it is the issues of white privilege and racism that issue a clarion call to me. Growing into the female, feminist, and lesbian aspects of my identity have brought me strength, pride, courage, and a delight in my uniqueness, difference, aliveness, and loving nature. Although I experience both internalized and external sexist and heterosexist oppression, I ﬁnd my humanity damaged less by these external oppressions than by the life- and thought-warping effects of living with white-skin privilege.
44 We, who are white, could see more clearly, listen more deeply, and accept counsel from our Latino/a brothers and sisters regarding the need to speak and act. ”45 White people do proﬁt from the oppression of Latino/a peoples: our racially based disparagement of these peoples enables us to pay them less (and provides us a psychic wage of believing ourselves better-than-they). We pull and push Latino/a peoples back and forth across the US-Mexico border as needed to satisfy our need for low-wage labor and to maintain downward pressure L i s t e n i n g t o L at i n a / o E x p e r i e n c e s 35 on wages for all workers.
35 Racism reinforces this mind-set, labeling pejoratively any attempt at an authentic self-love on any other basis, and precluding the crossrace and cross-class relationships that might lead to societal change. A white person believing this construct will “be an enthusiastic supporter of the status quo, even one that is doing you in, if whiteness validates at every turn that others, not you, are lazy, stupid, lascivious, or criminal. ”36 Hobgood prioritizes the need for white people to understand the relative harms done to them by racism, including economic and erotic disempowerment.
Constructing Solidarity for a Liberative Ethic: Anti-Racism, Action, and Justice by Tammerie Day (auth.)