Ruth Hinkle 
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Re: “Black Expo

I definitely find this interesting. I've never considered going to Black Expo because I feel that it isn't for me. It's not my party. Not that I wouldn't be welcome, but that I wouldn't want to intrude.

As one of the few white girls in my public elementary school, I was aware of my whiteness but it rarely felt significant. There was one girl who vocalized her dislike of white people and that was it. Most of my friends were black.

When I went to a private middle school however, I switched to being a numerical majority for the first time. It was strange at first and then I fell into the pattern of it. I can still name every non-white person in my grade. It's likely I'll never forget those names.

Even at North Central, in my advanced classes, the ratio of white students always dominated the ratio of black students. At IUPUI, the same is true. When I think of my friends at school, they are mostly white with a Mexican and an Egyptian thrown in.

I guess my point is that feeling alone (white person in crowd of black people) is almost always uncomfortable. Beyond questions of privilege, that sense of isolation is probably what drives me away from events like Black Expo.

Malina, you ask if the majority should want to experience the culture of the minority. If the majority did want that experience, I think the world would be a very different place. Privilege is hard (or impossible, from a practical standpoint) to give up even if you know you have it.

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Posted by Ruth Hinkle on 07/17/2013 at 11:31 AM

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