i've been thinking a lot about my whiteness lately because of all the discussion around Numbers Trouble [spahr/young] and especially because of what i've been reading on barbara's blog..... barbara is someone that i've always had a lot of respect for as a poet and a thinker and i think what she's written here is really important for people to read.
i always feel uncomfortable when i think about my whiteness and how i came to be where i am. i'm so white i can't even claim any ethnic whiteness like maggie can, that's how white i am. i suppose if i go back to 1680 i can claim my Scottish and then could say something about the English and how we ran away from them, and why, ... but mostly i'm just really uncomfortable and have no idea what to say or what to do and so i don't say anything.
but maybe i just wanted to say that. that i'm uncomfortable and having feelings about the subject and that i don't know everything about what they are yet but, wow, i'm so glad some people are saying something.