ECS 110

Reading Response 2 – White Fragility

The article has given us a true picture of the social construction. Although we have advanced as humans somehow unconsciously and unintentionally, still, we either act as a racist and/or become a victim of it.

As Ruth Frankenberg in her book The Social Construction of Whiteness: White Women, Race Matters argues, our daily lives are affected by race whether we are aware of it or not. We all see the world through a racial lens that colors our world black, white, Asian, Mexican, minority, or “other”.

Race definitely affects ours and others daily lives from morning to evening, employment to unemployment, school to work, friends to enemies, in fact in every aspect of our lives. Sometimes I feel our society is constructed on race, as everyone in the society would like to promote someone from their own race and color.

“White” people don’t want to talk about their race thinking that they are superior and have unearned benefits since birth and it’s not their fault if they have white privilege or supremacy. Mayor of Ottawa called those people “rude and vulgar” who tagged him with “white supremacy”. It shows that even our politicians believe in white supremacy and maybe they are not more interested in equality. It has been put nicely in the article by author, “It does mean that as cards are dealt in the hand of life, white is a good one to get. But unearned benefits based on an unchosen identity are uncomfortable to grapple with – and that’s why people prefer not to say “white.””

The author of this article has said that white is the control group of the society. I agree with it but I also want to say that why it is so? Canada is famous for its slogan ‘multiculturalism’. Then why one race is dominant over others? I will have to say that then multiculturalism is nothing but a political philosophy and a normative narrative. I would say if we believe Canada is a multicultural country then equality and tolerance should be the social construct instead of race.

One thought on “Reading Response 2 – White Fragility

  1. Hey Anila! The article seems to capture the reality on how society views race. I agree with the fact that race is not something so easily understood. There are advantages when an individual is part of white privilege, or supremacy. It can became difficult to accept the unearned benefits as you said- “But unearned benefits based on an unchosen identity are uncomfortable to grapple with – and that’s why people prefer not to say “white””. The moment I start acknowledge race the more I see how intertwined it is with daily life. As if everything we do is attached to race in some way. It could be seen in the social standings poor, middle-class, and rich; where certain races are marginalized within each placement.The political philosophy of multiculturalism is nothing more than an alternative version of denying the truth about race (especially with Indigenous peoples). I too want to see Canada embracing multiculturalism in the right way by finding the tolerance and equality for all people instead of just certain racial groups.


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