I came across an enticing headline this morning. “What is ‘The Whiteness Project?’,” asked the always-relevant Colorlines. Their tagline—”News for action”—is precisely what journalism should be about. Here’s another example of a story that invites anyone, regardless of race, to enter a discussion about race in a deliberate, structured, meaningful way.
When I discovered that The Whiteness Project was actually a multi-platform conversation from PBS about the white identity, and that it was produced in Buffalo, featuring interviews with many Buffalonians about their city’s top-ranked segregation, and that it also featured a few familiar faces, then I realized this was a bigger story than just another glancing read on the morning blogroll.
I urge you to watch the videos on the project’s homepage, and to listen to these statements. They reveal things about white people that may never have been discussed in such a way. There are things said I definitely don’t agree with, and there are things said that I had never contemplated until now. Any conversation about race is going to bring with it a slew of debates and disagreements, but maybe we can take a chance to listen, too. Maybe there are other viewpoints that are worth hearing. Maybe those viewpoints are still against our personal constitutions, maybe not. But I think giving people the floor, and listening with open ears, is a good place to start.
Fascinating work here. Take a few minutes and give this a shot.