April 1st, 2019
What Whiteness Is
"Whiteness is the dichotomy between resenting the structures that racially otherize you, while still envying your white peers. They do not ever have to think about their place in their own communities, the obstacles their families overcame to get to the United States, nor the tensions between their family’s dogmatic values of marriage and their own sexualities. You wonder throughout the rest of your high school experience if you should speak out about their silence. Is it wrong of them to be apathetic towards your experiences, and should you resent them? Should you still be friends with people who don’t have a culture, community, or identity? Or, perhaps, are you being selfish, because if you were white like them, would you care, would you stay insulated in an ignorant bubble like theirs? You choose not to say anything—they just won’t understand your frustration."