As I read this article I agreed with most, questioned some and needed clarification on other parts. I feel like I have read, thought about, or discussed this topic many times before. Dr. Johnson was upfront with who he was and what privileges were afford to him for being a white, male, heterosexual. He gave examples to how privileges do exist for whites vs. non-whites, males vs. females, and hetro-sexuals vs. non-hertosexulas. What I wonder now, as I have before:
What can we do about it?
Personal Connection: When I first started working as a teacher I worked in a predominately white, middle to upper class school. My second job was in a school that was much more diverse. I did not think anything of my race or gender or background going into my first job, but as I started my second job at a school for low-income students of diverse backgrounds. I thought how will they see me, a white, middle class woman coming into their school, their neighborhood and trying to educate them. I had to be conscious of my self, more so then I had ever been before. This school was one of the first places where I was not surrounded by people like me, who had similar up bringing, similar categories on the "Diversity Wheel." In the future I would love to have more tools on how to approach this situation. I want to "change how we think so that we can change how we act, and by changing how we participate in the world, become part of the complex dynamic through which the world itself will change." (pg. viii)