The article is good food for thought, but I still find myself questioning a lot of the beliefs. As someone raised mixed race and being part Mexican (and never “enough” white or “enough” Mexican), I find some of her points very thought-provoking, while others a bit long-winded and some even misguided. While the APA, as she said, rejected bigotry as a mental disorder (and I definitely think bigoted people have mental problems), I am not sure about flirting with the idea of considering whiteness a mental condition. It is, and it isn’t. It’s an interesting thought exercise, but in some ways, a leap of logic. I need to think more about this, though. I’m reminded of when my friend educated me on cultural appropriation and how I do not get to choose what offends people. My first reaction was to be defensive, but then I realized I needed to think a bit more about how my actions can affect people, and how I can better be an ally in general, since that is definitely my goal.
Thank you, Kati! Loyal readers, please keep your thoughts coming. Please feel free to email me
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