Hometown: Amherst, MA
August 21, 2011
Maybe as a small child, before I even knew what racism meant. But it became clear to me over time that there is systematic inequality in this world, and that race is one significant and highly visible dimension of inequality.
I didn't always understand it, but throughout high school and college I slowly learned the meaning of "white privilege." Racism inherently serves white people, whether white people are aware of it or not (and most are not conscious of it). Even when harmful acts are committed among people who are not in the privileged group, it ultimately serves the privileged group. White people facing their own whiteness is central to becoming less of an oppressor group and more part of the solution.
Probably Beverly Tatum. She was my first introduction to the idea of racism as a system, rather than an act. Completely changed the way I saw the work I was doing, and really ramped up my level of activism.
My name is Eli, I'm a recent graduate of Goucher College (just outside Baltimore) where I majored in Peace Studies. I moved to Somerville recently (August 2011) and am looking to be part of a community of activists.
I'm glad these discussions are taking place.