As I have previously mentioned, I get a lot of questions and comments sent to my inbox on Facebook (facebook.com/otherawarenessproject) and to my regular email address. (email@example.com)
It may take a little time to reply, but over the last 8 years I have answered every single question and have read every bit of information suggested.
Last week I received a question that I have answered before in the Q & A portion of presentations, but I thought it would be interesting to spend a few minutes to really expand on the answer in a longer written form.
But before I answer, I also thought this would be a good time to post this question to my groups and the people who have heard me speak before and ask them, “How do you THINK I would answer the question?”
I’m kind of of using the question below as a barometer to see how my message is being received. This will help as I’m fine tuning my presentations for a few upcoming engagements. In March, I’m speaking to the Male Academy at Jordan High School. The academy is for students identified as being “at-risk.” A large percentage of the kids at Jordan come from the poorer neighborhoods in North Long Beach where I live. In March or April, I’m trying to put together a sponsored presentation to a middle school in Los Angeles. The school was selected because the overall class grade average is very low. In June, I’m speaking at the National PTA Convention in Orlando, FL. I’m also on track to speak once again, at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education in San Francisco, CA.
The email below is posted just as it was sent in. (I did change the name to initials) I would like for you to answer the question the way you think I would answer, based on all you have read or seen from my website (http://www.otherawarenessproject.com), facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/otherawarenessproject), or my You Tube channel (http://www.youtube.com/oaproject.)
If you want, you can add your own answers too! I’ll post my reply (which I have already written) next Wednesday (3/2/2011)
I stumbled across your website/blog recently. I love the concept behind it.
I have a question for you. I grew up in Ireland and moved here 11 years ago. I grew up in a culture not identified by race, but by culture and more predominately religion. When I identify myself, it is as ‘Irish’, and I was curious to know what your thoughts on that were. It was not until I moved here that I ever had to identify myself as white… and it never sat well with me. I never saw/see people as a colour, rather how interesting they were or their cultural identity.
Do you think cultural identity and race are separated?
Thanks for your work