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. Â 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. Â Too rarely do we identify with our gender and the solidarity with other outsiders it provides. Â It is safer to identify with the oppressor. Â 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. Â The next step is to use that duality to undermine injustice, rather than to strengthen it.