Episode 3 preview

Racial Identity


To explore one's own racial identity is a brave act. For people of color, there's a lot of joy in it, there's a lot of richness, but there's also so much oppression and history of shame, and the ways in which we continue to be marginalized in the US. Many of us who grew up with an ethnic identity - that's our primary marker. But in the United States, ethnicity is important, but one of the true shaping factors and how we relate to one another is race, this larger category into which all of us are placed with or without our consent. For people of color, the racial identity is often imposed.”

Rev. Laura Mariko Cheifetz from Trouble the Water – Episode 3 “Racial Identity”


“But I think particularly for white people to explore their own racial identity, I can understand how that would be a really scary thing. But it's real. We were all formed as racial beings in this country. And understanding what that means for each of us is how we can have a conversation. If some people are not equipped to have this conversation we’ll never get anywhere against racism. People need to learn how to have a conversation about their own racial identity, and how that impacts the structural realities of race in the US.” 

Rev. Laura Mariko Cheifetz from Trouble the Water – Episode 3 “Racial Identity”





 “One of the things that I think that those of us who are white US Americans need to learn and can learn and understand, is that just like, throughout life, we have intellectual development, we have physical development, we have spiritual development- if we are growing up and are raised in a society where race is everywhere and race is in the air we breathe, we also have racial identity development. And for a lot of white US Americans we've never been aware that identity development was something we were going through and we also, don't know, but we can learn.” 

Dr. Jennifer Harvey from Trouble the Water – Episode 3 “Racial Identity”

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