This is the third episode in an ongoing series called You’re Waking Up To Your White Privilege, Now What? with Lindsey Rae. In this series, Lindsey and I share our stories and experiences of waking up to our whiteness as two white women in the self-development/spiritual entrepreneurial industry. In this particular episode, we explore two racial identity frameworks that may help guide your awakening as well as what we found to be true at every phase.

 
 

Resources Mentioned On This Episode

Level 1: Preawareness

Privilege/Advantage

  • Accepts cultural stereotypes of the oppressed group
  • Conforms to majority norms and values: believes these are universal
  • Believes own group is better than others
  • Is unaware of or denies own privileged status; accepts it as normal and deserved
  • Has access to valued societal resources
  • Believes in a just world in which meritocracy determines personal outcomes (I deserve the good things I have in life)

Oppression/Disadvantage

  • Conforms to majority norms and values
  • Deprecates own group and appreciates majority group
  • Accepts negative stereotypes about own group
  • Is self-deprecating and self-blaming
  • Has low access to societal resources
  • Believes in a just world (I don’t deserve more than I have)

Level 2: Encounter

Privilege/Advantage

  • Becomes aware of privileged status
  • Acknowledges that privilege is connected to group status
  • Becomes aware of discrimination and stereotyping
  • Is uncomfortable with possibility of self as oppressor
  • Experiences cognitive dissonance, conflict, or guilt
  • Experiences conflict with prior views of self and others

Oppression/Disadvantage

  • Becomes aware of oppression as member of own group
  • Has conflicting views of self and others
  • Is conflicted over valuing self and valuing dominant group
  • Is aware of oppressed status of one’s own entire group
  • Experiences relief (It’s not my fault)
  • Becomes angry about the injustice and harm to self and group

Level 3: Immersion

Privilege/Advantage

  • Becomes informed about oppressed group and their concerns
  • Understands impact of discriminatory practices on oppressed group
  • Appreciates positive qualities and values of oppressed group
  • Instigates increasing contact with members of oppressed group
  • Increases awareness of self as oppressor
  • Establishes collaborative rather than competitive relations with oppressed group

Oppression/Disadvantage

  • Becomes self-appreciating
  • Becomes group appreciating
  • Increases knowledge about oppressed group
  • Increases anger at the oppression and at the oppressors
  • Immerses self in activities that center on own group; excludes oppressors

Level 4: Integration and Activism

Privilege and Oppression Combined

  • Is willing to share personal and public resources
  • Is able to move comfortably between the worlds of both groups
  • Appreciates values and qualities of both groups
  • Understands social, political, and economic status of both groups
  • Rejects and confronts negative stereotypes and discriminatory practices
  • Works actively to instigate change toward social justice
 

 

Guests Featured On This Episode

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LINDSEY RAE

Lindsey Rae at her core is a true seeker and humanitarian. An ever-evolving student and teacher who's compassionately driven journey to healing her own trauma led to a dynamic career in design, personal development, and wellness. 

Combining years of interpersonal-organizational management and creative visual merchandising experience with personal therapeutic endeavors, spiritual studies, and professional training in a number of holistic healing modalities, Lindsey creates a unique environment for her client's transformational healing journey. 

Offering an inspiring blend of coaching, mentoring and counseling she supports courageous humans in what she likes to call "self-directed evolution." Her fundamental teachings are rooted in peace, love, and strength. 

She is committed to gently challenging individuals to drop beneath the surface level chaos of the self-help and wellness world to focus on the real work. Guiding them along the path and encouraging them to cultivate more depth and beauty in their life while reminding them of their collective responsibility and connection to one another. 

You can find more about Lindsey Rae at her website, www.withlindseyrae.com or by following her all over social media @withLindseyRae.

 

 
 

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