“Racism is Like Air” - Children and Parenting Edition
A non-exhaustive list of where privileging whiteness shows up
“Racism. It's always there... Like air.”
This statement from Yinka Ewuola jumped out at me on LinkedIn recently.
I often use Guante’s assertion that “racism is the water, not the shark” but Yinka’s statement reminded me of the taken-for-grantedness of racism and that white supremacy is a fact of life for Black and Global Majority people especially, but certainly not exclusively, in white majority spaces. And I’d like to add a reminder here that anywhere that’s been colonized by a European country likely has to unlearn the pervasive pernicious privileging of whiteness - I know that’s true in Barbados, where it remains a work in progress with multiple missteps.
So then I started thinking about all the ways in which Yinka’s statement is true. Since her post was specifically related to parenting, these are the experiences I can think of right now related to that. I’m sure there have been others, though as Yinka points out, most people who look like me can’t interrogate every single instance, or we’d never get anything else done: