Monday, October 27, 2008

What white means

Kari describes the moment she first realized that white meant something.

"So I had a hard time coming up with a race story. I’ve never had… I’ve seen it, but I’ve never been a part of it. So I could, um, when I was trying to come up with a race story, I was thinking about my family, and situations with them. But it wasn’t really my story. It was just a… our past, I guess. Um… but I guess the first time I became conscious of it being an issue of what it meant to be white, I was working down in Philadelphia in an inner-city school program through Americorps. And one of the team members that I worked with, she was black and she was very light skinned. And um… I didn’t really know what that meant."