I'm reposting Irna's next posting sharing her friend Susan Raffo's second article because i believe it furthers the discussion on ending white privilege we are having here at Our Salon.
I have sometimes posted my thoughts suggesting that until we deal with core beliefs around coping with scarcity and abundance, we will not be able to also see the systems or institutions we support or resist or survive in order to navigate these extremes for us - our personal experience in America depending in large measure upon our racial and gender status. Today's American system was originally set up by European white conquerers and white immigrants, anything existing here before derided and nearly wiped away and anything of cultural import accompanying willing or unwilling people of color co-opted or else villified, made animistic or devolved as gross stereotypes as with the First Peoples' culture.
"Whiteness," Raffo argues, is one such coping strategy.
That said, imho, until we come to view and approach this duality from a new reference point - a balanced one - we can only flounder and deepen the inherent and inevitable harm that comes from committing oppression and mass brutality in order to assuage our fears of scarcity by trying to hoard and control abundance.
Raffo goes through a bit of European history in her article that she, as do many others, see as the cause and source of "whiteness."
I want to encourage you to read through the comments section at the end of the article. I think they give us that much more to reflect on.