M. is doing a university-level research project on white "race traitors," and she's requesting that the white readers of this blog who self-identify as anti-racists take a brief online survey (link below). I've included the survey's questions below so you can see what you'd be getting into, and so that anyone, white or non-white, can leave responses to any of the questions here at swpd as well, in a comment.
M. explains her project this way:
I'm basically looking into how and why white people are or become anti-racists (i.e. "race traitors"). I'm doing this because I believe (as a white person) that it's important to figure out how and why white allies are created/made so that we can better understand how to continue educating fellow whites in order to fight white privilege and racism more efficiently. I'm especially interested in the role of blogs in the creation of white allies, so there is even a specific question pertaining just to blogs in the questionnaire.
Here's a link to the anonymous survey itself (it took me less than ten minutes to fill it out).
After requesting your gender, sexual orientation and age (all of which, like the questions below, are skippable, if you prefer), the survey asks the questions below. The survey is for white folks, but again, if you're white or non-white and you'd like to respond to any of these in a comment here, please do.
I would especially appreciate answers in the comments here to some of these questions from non-white readers; it would also be great if some of the more quiet white lurkers would come out for the survey itself, but also in a comment to this post.
- Do you consider yourself a white anti-racist? If so, why? If not, how do you identify your orientation towards issues of race and racism?
- What led you to adopt this identity? (If you have always considered yourself a white anti-racist, why is this?)
- Do you feel that experiencing (an) oppression helped you come to anti-racism? If yes, please explain (for example, experiencing disablism, transphobia, homophobia, sexism, etc.).
- Was there one concept (in coming to an anti-racist consciousness) that, when you learned it, gave you a "click" moment? If so, what was it, and what was the "click" moment like? (for example: the concept of white privilege, hegemony, intersectionality, etc.)
- Have blogs aided in your development as an anti-racist? If so, how?
- Are there any books, movies, music or media in particular that helped you discover or encouraged your exploration of white privilege?
- Do you think there is one way in which most white anti-racists primarily are "made"? If so, what is it?
- What do you think is the most important thing white anti-racists can do as allies to people of color in the fight against racial oppression?