1. I agree, race and racism was created by whites and for the progression of whites. Racism was implemented into our systems, institutions, and social culture by whites and for the prgression of whites. It is the foundation of our political, educational, economically, and social culture.
2. 1. Jennifer discusses the transition of being surrounded by primarily her own ethnicity as a young child to mainly black and brown kids in school to predominantly white kids in school. In her memories she highlights an important factor of racial identity- the nuance of privilege between ethnicities, skin tones, and wealth. It is crucial to embrace the nuancity in order to address the issue of racial marginalization correctly. To understand the tones of racialized oppression is to understand racialized oppression. It allows us to find the core, the root of white supremacy, and in hand, to create a sustainable and truly equitable solution.
2. Encompassed in her explanation that her music is indeed not white, Queen Esther shares a wide variety of race wisdom. From the historic and current colonization by white people and their market of non-white people's inventions and cultures. To the (not so ) historic medical abuse of black people. To the age old practice of institutions rewritting history to benefit the authority of the white race. To white people's practice of exerting thier privilege to tell those they have subjected and othered what is white. White people love to dictate non-white things and individuals as white. Queen Esther directs towards white people, "You owe Black people for everthing"- in a short phrase illuminating the general moral inferiority of white people. The coverage of this short piece is exemplary.
3. Vic touches on an important subject for us, race in school. Through an in school example, Vic describes their progress in personal liberation of the grasp of white supremacy. By describing it as being "caught in White respectability politics", Vic shows the reader that it is the most beneficial to break the ice, and to break it shamelessly.
3. 1. On page 22, it is shared that black women "were denied the rights to their own bodies". Along with black men, black women have been neglected and abused in the name of science and medicine. It is important that more people should know this history so that the modern day can be contextualized, so that the continuation of this issue today can be addressed.
2. Post Tramautic Slave Syndome was described in a footnote on page 26. It briefly define Post Tramautic Slave Syndrome as " a theoiry that explains the etiology of many of the adaptive survivial behaviors in African American communites". It is crucial to understand how black people today continue to be affected by slavery in order to better saunction healing and respect.
4. I appreciate many aspects of the book. My only criticism being that I find that some of the voices they are illuminating should not be accredited. I believe it would be sufficient to share the prospectives of those who do not fully know racism/ the harms of whiteness if their responses where publically critiqued in the book. Faulty understandings of race in said responses can influence the reader's own understanding.