Step 1: Know Our Shared History
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana
Unfortunately we seem to constantly repeat our history with every new generation in regards to race relations. Although it would be an injustice to say that one could sum up the entire history...
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...have to be a race thing?” They will deny having any racial prejudice. This group is similar to the last identity below.
Lastly is “the neoliberal racial project” which tries to guide people toward focusing on social structure as a means for distracting the world from the still ever present racial issues. They are very similar to the neoconservative racial project as they focus on individualism but take it a step farther to include social structure (Fine, Weis, Powell Pruitt, Burns, 2012).
Although none of us fall entirely under one of these identities, we often can identify with parts of each of these. Knowing our racial identities can help us when having a conversation for two reasons, to know what prejudices we already have deeply imbedded in our personal backpack and to be open to changing those ideas based on what we learn from conversations with others.
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