*** YOUR DAILY DO'S - 3/13 - EVENING EDITION *** Katie Anthony
If you've been spending any time on this page over the last few days, chances are good that you've been reading, participating in, or thinking about some of the very difficult race conversations that have been popping up all over our page.
Tonight we are going to tackle a fundamental element of these conversations from another very narrow angle:
Who are YOU, to this group?
Why is this question important?
Well, in conversations about race, you need to be aware of who you are to strangers, before you even open your mouth. This is something that a lot of people of color, trans people, and even women who work in male-dominated spheres, are used to thinking about, but I sure am not.
For example, Imelme Umana was just elected the first black woman of the Harvard Law Review. It's been 380 years, Harvard - what took so long? Do you think there has never been a qualified black woman, or do you think it's probable that the qualified black women who came before Imelme, and even Imelme herself, has to fight against an initial perception that disqualifies her from prestigious leadership positions?
But even outside the subject of race, as we discuss the ACA and health care in-depth this week, consider this: When a doctor or nurse walks into your exam room, what does he/she see? Are your care providers likely to believe you when you say you're in pain? What is your child's pediatrician likely to assume about your home and family? If we are going to be advocates for fair and equitable care for all people, we need to be aware of the disparities in care that exist for all people.
- Read this article about Imelme Umana:
- A single question to answer in the comments below: How do you think YOU are perceived by this group, and in real life, based solely on superficial characteristics like age, race, gender expression, mannerisms, and way of communicating and presenting yourself?
- Please DO NOT comment on other people's posts. Read them, like them, but no comments. This is a cease-fire space. Let's practice listening to each other and believing each other.
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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