To all the people who say that they shouldn’t have responsibility in racism and privilege because thier ancestors and not them participated in slavery.

“If your ancestors cut down all the trees, it’s not your fault, but you still don’t live in a forest.”

Pam Oliver, a professor in the UW-Madison sociology department, explaining the historical roots of racism in the United States to her undergraduate students (mostly middle-class and White). I try to use this when I teach race now, too, to get past the defensive “but why are you BLAMING ME” reaction.

Even if you are not the descendant of a particular slave owner, if you are white you benefit from racism and privilege in the United States of America.

Do you live in a forest, go to work or church with trees, do you know any trees?

Author: pdeedixon

Woman. Mother. Lawyer. Black. RaceWoman. Womanist. Feminist. LBGTQQPIA ally. divorced

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