Eventually, you will have to stop hating yourself. It will not begin when you buy that dream house, or that shiny car, or that fancy coat. You will feel no better after eating everything in the house, or cleaning all the fixtures, or commenting on all your media outlets.You can try to fix everything around you, but you’re neglecting the most important part. You. Love yourself. Love your flaws. You are unique and beautiful you have so much potential. Do not forget the greatness that is deep within you. Everyone is struggling and has feelings and we all need to reach out to each other and let everyone know they are not alone from time to time.
Pam Oliver, a professor in the UW-Madison sociology department, explaining the historical roots of racism in the United States to her undergraduate students (mostly middle-class and White). I try to use this when I teach race now, too, to get past the defensive “but why are you BLAMING ME” reaction. (via cabell)
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To all the white people who say that they shouldn’t have responsibility in racism because they’re ancestors and not them who participated in slavery, think about this!