Monday, September 08, 2008
do *you* have friends of another color?
I'm glad Glamour had this panel (h/t Racialicious.)
Not to sound congratulatory, I've always had friends, close friends, of other ethnic backgrounds and I sincerely believe that most of this stuff about race and difference, white privilege and supremacy, would be addressed in a more thoughtful way if folks actually knew people of another ethnicity.
(Like, KNEW them. Not knew OF them. You know?)
Slightly related, but sort of different, over at Stuff White People Do, Macon D. had a really thought provoking post about all-white spaces and the cultural, historical, social blindnesses that kind of monochromaticity can create.
(Hm. 'Monochromaticity.' Perhaps not a real word. But, like, Lollapalooza. Did anyone else notice how White Lolla was and how nearly all the social pairings/groupings seen were monochromatic?)
In a similar way, I think having friends all of one color is...limiting. It speaks to an insularity that I think is really puzzling.
Anyway, Glamour wants to know and I do, too: Do you have intimate friends (not mere acquaintances) from another ethnic group? If so, what's your story?
(I'll show you mine if you show me yours.)