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One of the more interesting and telling comments I've read about race and fiction writing was, "Why do white people never write about race from their own perspective."

I think I figured out part of MY reason. Other than being a shitty writer who hasn't finished a single story that is.

I don't feel hopeful for real change on race issues any time soon.

Accepting that, perhaps I can go on to talk about things that happened to me as a kid, and how they affect my view of the world, what being white in a predominantly white culture really means. So much of that is subconscious though... it's the construction of the white experience as "normal" and everything else as "weird". Even though I do my best to question and understand what I and the people around me do, it's still just... my life.

How do you explore the air you breath?

Date: 2009-08-18 07:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luciusmalfoy.livejournal.com

Er what sort of change are you looking for? Is there a goalpost somewhere along the line that certifies "Great Race Relations"?

Date: 2009-08-18 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eclexia.livejournal.com
Where do I start?
I'd like to not have thousands dying on our border.
If I never hear another asian joke in my life I'll be happy.
Yesterday an 8 year old boy just got called the N word the first time, just playing in the playground.

Can we start there?

There are so many things over here that are fucked up. It's not a milestone, it's a mass of small and sometimes not so small things that add up to "We've got real issues still."


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