Sunday, September 18, 2016

For homework, I had to read two articles. The titles were, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" and "All Lives Matter". I found it extremely interesting to read what the author of "White Privilege" had to say. She outlined what she saw herself doing in her day to day life, this was detailed around the idea of privilege. A few of the topics listed was "I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time". McIntosh discusses the issue of race in a graceful way, not attacking or pointing fingers, not blaming anyone, but she instead uses examples of her experiences and the way she once saw herself acting. There is an issue of privilege and power, and where once the idea of privilege was "favored", is now seen as "dominance". Out of all of the readings assigned for class that we have read so far, I think that I like this article as much as I like Johnson's article. This was not just a reading about power and privilege, but a reconstruction of power systems.
The second article "All lives matter" was a response to acts of violence and protest throughout the country. I have to say that I agree with the phrase "All lives matter" and I say this not to oppress a specific racial group, but to show my want for s peaceful and equal environment.
My name is Rachel, and this is my first ever time blogging. It is super scary but I'm sure I will get used to it. I am super late setting up my blog. Over the summer I worked three jobs and barely had a summer. I worked at a coffee shop, waitressing at a sports bar and also was an orientation leader for RIC transfer students. When I'm not in class I am usually working or at practice for throwing for the schools track and field team. I live in an off campus apartment with three of my friends and commute to school.