…lead for American companies, I give participants one minute, uninterrupted, to answer the question: “How has your life been shaped by your race?” This is rarely a difficult question for people of color, but most white participants are unable to …
Majority advantage. Since I’m white, when I’ve been in a place where white people are the majority it is generally advantageous. If there has just been a law suit or governing policy that directs discrimination against white people in hiring or a promotion cycle in the name of correcting the problem then not so much. When in Arab and Asian countries where they have a different alphabet it was often a disadvantage. Do you know what percentage of Chinese people think that non-Chinese people are genetically inferior to them? The only advantage of being white where the majority is non-white is if they think you are a rich American and they might be able to benefit from your relative wealth, but then a rich black American would have the same issue. It’s not race specific in the sense that it’s just a white issue. It’s a human issue. The majorities of a locale do things to suit themselves. All races.
The unanswered question in this story and others like it is what am I supposed to do about it? Decline a job or promotion with the words, “Give it to that oppressed person over there in the name of social justice.” You know that nobody is going to do that. How many people of any race will purposefully disadvantage themselves? My minute has expired.