as a WHITE critical race theorist, i agree with camika on the power of language and semantics. i do, however, take issue with her argument on language and subsequent blanket usage of "white people." also, as a feminist and academic, i believe that a much more holistic approach to understanding inequality is through a lens of intersectionality - how each of our lived experiences are colored (no pun intended) by the sum of our parts - race, socioeconomics, gender, etc. it is so important to me that we discuss racial inequality in america, but, perhaps due to my white privilege, i fail to see how binary racial thinking is the answer. i agree that systemic inequality tends to align with race as a denominator. but still, poverty seems to predetermine educational achievement with greater impact than race or ethnicity.
also, i write this as an educator in new orleans who works with, at the secondary level, primarily african american students. born to a teenage mother, i grew up in a single-parent household on welfare while my father was an addict and eventually incarcerated. unfortunately, this story is not unfamiliar to many of my students. rather than the color of my skin, it was these lived experiences that enable me to empathize, and, to be an effective educator.