Not Only Roseanne Barr is Racist

Reflections on racism and oppression in midwifery

To my fellow white feminists, if you’ve been thinking of yourself as less racist than Roseanne Barr as you consume recent news, I suggest you check out this great article: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2011/5/22/957012/-
One thing I get out of the above article is the particular challenge that emerges in working to dismantle racism with and among people (feminist, but also progressive) who think of themselves as caring, good people. Because their identities are so wrapped up in thinking of themselves as good people who want to serve others and do their part to make the world a better place, there can be an extra block to understanding that as white people we are necessarily racist and have unearned white privilege.

Do you see this phenomenon in the organizations where you work or volunteer?

-By Kristin Effland, CPM, MA