White Male Defensiveness

I’ve had several conversations during this week that touched on racism and white privilege. Often times the conversation quickly devolved into confrontation as defensiveness (on both sides) percolated to the surface. It’s often difficult for a person of color, as an immigrant, as a woman, as one who identifies as LGBTQ, as a non-Christian, or any other minority to express our perspectives without taking it personally when that perspective is questioned, minimized, invalidated by members of the dominant culture. Often times privileges (gender privilege, political privilege, and especially white privilege) blind those who are in positions of privilege and power to the needs of those who are among the oppressed and marginalized. I am grateful however that were are allies and friends out there who are conscientized and are aware of the dynamics at play. Thank you Br. Dan Horan, OFM.


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