‘I don’t care if we are white or black’: White women share stories of race and gender in 2017
“When I first heard that, I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is it.’
I was a little scared,” said Jessica Stokes, who grew up in Houston, Texas, in the 1960s.
“I thought, This is the first time that I’ve felt like I was in a world that wasn’t as black and white as I thought I was.”
Stokes, a professor of English and African-American studies at the University of Houston, said the conversation around race and white women’s voices has been “truly groundbreaking.”
It is something that I think has really only happened in the last 10 or 15 years, and that’s a very, very good thing, she said.
It’s really important for people to recognize what it is that they can do.
I feel like we have the opportunity now to really change the conversation.
“It was just one of many instances in 2017 where white women shared their stories of racial discrimination.
They were speaking about racism in the workplace, the police, and how police treat them.
Stokes said that her story is one that many white women have experienced in the past and that many are struggling to speak out.”
It’s not like I’ve made peace with it. “
It’s very, really difficult.
It’s not like I’ve made peace with it.
I still have these feelings.”
Stakes said she started talking about her experience in her class when she was 17.
“My white students were really cool, but when they started hearing about these experiences, they were like, ‘Well, that’s just a story, what can you do?’
And I was like, I can’t say anything because it’s too painful.
So I was able to keep it to myself,” Stakes said.
A woman named Angela shared her story of being fired by a white man for wearing a hijab in her office.
“You could tell he didn’t want to work for anyone with a hijab,” Angela said.
Stoke said it was important for white women to be willing to share their stories.
“It’s hard for me to tell my story because I’m a black woman and a woman of color.
I don’t have the privilege of telling my story.
I can only tell it as an example of the way I’ve been treated,” Stoke said.
When asked about the number of white women who are victims of hate crimes each year, Stokes pointed out that a report from the FBI found that one in three white women are the victims of bias-motivated violence each year.
She said that while it’s important for women to share stories, it is also important to be aware of the biases that women face.
“If you can talk about racism, and you can share your stories, I think it’s really powerful because that opens up the conversation.
And you can start to see that that there’s a difference between what people think and what they do,” Stonds said.
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