Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I am a firm believer that what you achieve, you earn. I believe in education, working hard, and the 'rags to
riches" folklore of my culture. I'm afraid I am best reflected in some of the mass media (does TV best
represent the White culture?). Things that are part of the mainstream are part of me.
I also have a language (English), an expectation of material comfort, financial reward for hard work, and lots
of First World vices (over-eating, too much consumption of fuel and natural resources, technology etc.). Like
the mainstream culture, I believe in God, in the importance of religion, in the importance of democracy and
living an ethical, self-actualized, "free" life.
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I also have some German ancestry. I served a German LDS mission and teach German for a living, so I am much more connected with this part of my ancestry than any other--even though it is a smaller percentage of my ancestry.
More than any of these examples, however, I am a member of my family, and we have develped our own cultural practices and behaviors. My ideolect and my personal culture must be understood first in terms of my family then my profession and then my ancestry.
for further clarification:
But some possible responses would be:
* Child of God
* Member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
* Seminary teacher
* Doctoral student
* Bishopric counselor
* A man
* A Human
Honestly, I can say that I can think of a whole lot of things I would say
before my race came up...
Ryan S. Gardner
evidence to the contrary loves to write about the world he lives in.
Wife, Mom, Gramma, Daughter, Sister, Professor of Business, Graduate student
of Education, Sunday school teacher, Enabler, Facilitator
What does It Mean To Be White?
To have access to means and methods to do whatever I want for all these
roles - access to technology, financial markets, people support,
What does it mean to be white? It means I can go almost anywhere and do almost anything (legal) as long as I can afford it. I came by this priviledge by birth and have not control over it. I just take adavantage of it. This privilege can be used to weild any power that I see fit to use it for.
I'm being the devil's advocate here but it's something to think about