What Does It Mean To Be White?

What Does It Mean To Be White? 1024 576 Leslie Jones

I have been an ally and advocate for marginalized groups since my teens, but I’ve hit walls as I’ve attempted to increase awareness in others. I let myself get stopped, learning to tread lightly on the topic.

I’ve allowed my voice to be stifled and all together shut down by the resistance from other white folks to take an honest look at our society on this topic in particular.

I have so much to say on the topic, but don’t want to add more noise.

My simple message to white people, all of us, is to GET EDUCATED. Lift your eyes and increase your awareness. And don’t ask People of Color to do the heavy lifting for you. There are tons of resources for you.

We are responsible for changing our thinking, shifting the norms, transforming our institutions and valuing all human life (not the marginalized groups).

One of the best resources I’ve come across is Dr. Robin DiAngelo’s work. Here is a short and potent video clip to get started.

Last Spring I took a workshop with her and it looks like the same one is being offered virtually now. I highly recommend this for all white people.

Healing The Racial Water: A Virtual Half Day With Dr. Robin DiAngelo

I have a fierce commitment to doing this work, and I hope you will join me.


Leslie Jones