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Monday, January 2, 2012

How to Raise a 'White' Child

Glenn Robinson (that's me)

There's a new book by Tiffany Rae Reid about how to raise a 'biracial' child which got me thinking what a book would say about raising a 'mono-racial' child.

Society would label me 'mono-racial' despite the fact that I don't believe in the notion of pure 'races', nor the notion of biological 'races'.

I had to decipher my own identity as an adult.

I was not taught why 'white' became a racialized term; that 'races' were invented to divide humans politically and in turn justify theft of land and resources, and justify slavery and oppression.

I was not taught the difference between 'white' culture and 'white' phenotype; that any phenotype can have 'white' culture; that 'white' culture actually means European culture.

I was not taught to embrace the term European-American. I was not taught to recognize my foreignness in the Americas. I was not taught that I am a guest in the Americas; that I am descended from families of invaders who used their technology (guns) to bully their way and murder their way onto Native American territory.

I was never told that I had the option (or even better - the responsibility) to reject the 'white' label for what I really am, a European American living on Native American land.


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Glenn is a European-American married to a Mexican-American. They have two children. Glenn is interested in progressive immigration reform, and desegregation within schools and communities. He is a life long learner with interests in sociology, anthropology, psychology, history and politics.
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