The Trayvon Martin verdict, decided by a jury of white women, has brought the curious insider/outsider position of white women to the fore.
We (I am one) are outsiders and objects of discrimination because of in our gender. We are insiders and subjects of privilege because of our skin color.
Too often we choose to identify with our skin color and the privilege it implies. Too rarely do we identify with our gender and the solidarity with other outsiders it provides. It is safer to identify with the oppressor. It is also destructive, both to ourselves and to society.
The first step is to see this dual identity as a choice and as a privilege. The next step is to use that duality to undermine injustice, rather than to strengthen it.