If you were telling a story about a white person, would you specify their race?
Oftentimes, people – and especially white people – only specify a person’s race if that person isn’t white. And you probably don’t have any ill intentions by doing that, but have you thought about the impact of this habit?
Here’s an invitation from Riley J. Dennis to pause and think about what it means to name the races of people of color, but avoid calling white people “white.” She’ll help you make a simple change in language that can have a significant impact on how we understand the world.
The Editors at Everyday Feminism
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To learn more about this topic, check out:
- Here Are 4 Ways to Navigate Whiteness and Feminism – Without Being a White Feminist (TM)
- Why Do White People Love Claiming Non-White Heritage?
Riley J. Dennis is a Contributing Vlogger for Everyday Feminism. She’s a polyamorous, atheist, gender non-binary trans woman with a passion for fiction writing, feminism, and technology. She got her BA from Whittier College in 2015 doing a self-designed major called Writing Worlds, a mixture of creative writing and anthropology, focused on realistic fictional world building. Find her on her YouTube channel, Twitter @RileyJayDennis, or her website RileyJayDennis.com.