My Experience with Silent Racism…
Background: I volunteered for Habitat for Humanity today on a “Women Build” site. There was another house being built by all men right next door. People who have houses built for them must volunteer to do ANYTHING (not necessarily building) if they are going to get a Habitat House. The two volunteer groups took a lunch break together and shockingly I was the only person of color in the group…. and here’s the silent racism that follows around people of color:
HIM: So, do you like your new house?
HIM: Is that your house?
HIM: Oh, which house is yours?
ME: None of them. I’m a volunteer like everyone else.
The assumption being that, of course, since I’m a person of color, I must be the one getting the house. I wonder if any white women or white men who volunteer at this site have EVER gotten that question. I have a effing PhD and the assumption is that this house is being built for me. Why? Because I’m a person of color.