Robert McIntosh (
Mon, 30 Mar 1998 12:51:15 -0800

I appreciated your acknowledgement of my response, Marty. From your
comments it was clear that I had communicated to you most of the issues
that concern me. You ask:
What role does society play? Culture? the home? the school? What
happens when one (the school, for instance) takes a conscious step
toward change when the other influences do not?

Each of us must look into our souls and ask, how am I contributing to
the attitudes that perpetuate white males' sense of entitlement? What
do I do as a parent? in my classroom? with my colleagues? in my
relationships? that allow white males to continue to dominate and to be
insensitive and unaware of the feelings and rights of others. As a
black male I encounter these attitudes almost on a daily basis in small
ways. I admit to being afraid to call white males on their aggressive,
insensitive behaviors because of a fear of violent reprisals (a fear
that is not without historical validation).

Now, before I get accused of white-male-bashing let me hasten to add
that some of my best friends are white males. :- ) If we are going to
look the problem square in the face, however, we need to discuss some
unpleasant realities. But I think it starts with each one of us asking
how do I contribute to the problem. The problem is not "out
there"'s in here. Bob McIntosh <>

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