I Am A White Girl Essay

2079 Words Dec 1st, 2014 9 Pages
Through experience it has been learned that White people do not typically identify strongly with race nor are they typically impacted by it. Very few White people acknowledge white privilege or have felt white guilt. I am a White girl however who has experienced both. I was always very racially aware from a young age, I knew that people around the world lived very different lives, had drastically opposite beliefs, and had a particular way of viewing the world, all of this fascinated me and I craved to know more. But as I learned more about the history of the world and the country I originated in, I discovered a recurring theme of White people forcibly removing, enslaving, or exterminating the Indigenous people of the country they planned to take over. This revelation made me uncomfortable with the skin I was in. This shame was only increased when I learned while researching my ancestry that one of my ancestors had owned over 200 slaves. I felt that being connected to such a man made me feel personally responsible for the atrocities that non-whites in America had faced. However as I developed and matured I realized that the acts that one’s ancestors had committed should have no effect on how others viewed me or how I viewed myself. This concern for inequality however did not end there, I studied other people’s experiences and read research on minorities experiences, I learned about the term “white privilege” and how it benefited me everywhere I went to have white skin. A…

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