White Racial Identity
Many white people have a difficult time describing what white racial identity means to them. There are also many people who link white racial identity with being White American and feel clear about what it means to them to be American. If your family has lived in the United States for several generations, you might have lost touch with the cultural identities within your family history prior to their immigration to the United States. On the other hand, you might identify with American culture and the cultures from which your family history originated.
If you identify as white or you are considered white, you likely have strong feelings and perhaps strong opinions about racism. You might be deeply disturbed by police killing of unarmed black people or you might be deeply disturbed by the call to defund the police. Whatever your political views might be, it has become difficult to remain neutral or to keep your views to yourself. Family, friends, and communities of white people are experiencing painful conflicts with each other and often within themselves. Often discussions about racism are conducted on social media, generating conflict, division, misunderstanding, emotional upset, and a lack of resolution.
In the United States, white supremacy is intrinsic to our culture. It is not the entirety of our culture. Everyone raised into US culture has absorbed elements of white supremacy culture. There are white people who consider themselves anti-racist, white people who believe racism is over, and white people who believe that it is black people who are racist. The conflict between white people is often about who is and isn’t racist. It is often the source of bitter fighting, sometimes in unspoken or hidden ways.
If you are white and concerned about racism, consider yourself an antiracist, or consider yourself White American, no matter what your perspective is on issues related to race and racism if you are distressed and concerned about these issues I can help. I’m committed to helping you explore these issues in a way that:
At the end of this section, you’ll find a link to articles and resources if you are interested in learning more.
Conflict and emotional distress related to white racial identity can manifest in the following ways: