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  • Talking About Whiteness: David Bennett

    I put a lot of thought into who I chose to talk with for this project. My first thought was to pick an African American friend, but as I thought more about it, I decided that picking someone that's the same race as me with a very different background will be more beneficial for my understanding of whiteness. I chose Dylan, because he has one of the most complex backgrounds I know. He requested that I don't go into detail about his background, but although we have the same race the way we were brought up was very different. One similarity we shared was that we grew up in cities that were very racially diverse. I think this similarity is why we chose so many of the same responses on the white privilege checklist. We agreed that the majority of the items on the checklist were somewhat irrelevant to our current society. For example, it used to be an issue that someone of a different race couldn't find a bandaid that matched their skin color, but now it's very common to see multicolored bandaids to match different skin colors. This is just one example we discussed. The biggest racial difference between whites and nonwhites that we notice in society is in the media. We decided to do a bit of an experiment to see how many nonwhites were in TV commercials. We were surprised to see that during a 30 minutes program, (about 10 minutes of commercials) there were only about 20 nonwhite actors and actresses. We were also surprised to see that the depiction of African Americans was very stereotypical when compared to the white portrayals.

    Script:
    --Introduce myself and Dylan
    --What we decided to talk about from the White Privilege Checklist
    --I can turn on the television or open the front page of a paper and see people of my race widely represented.
    --I can be pretty sure that if I talk with the "person in charge" I will be facing a person of my race.
    --Our backgrounds: Talk about how we came from different backgrounds but ended up in the same place in the end. Talk about how our backgrounds differ.
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