…and maintaining a hard work ethic was reinforced constantly. My parents reminded me repeatedly that “white children have the privilege of being mediocre and rising to positions of power because of their skin colour, you are not part of that club therefore you must put in 200% more effort if you are to reach the same position/success.” This is not “reverse” racism, it is a reminder that established, predominantly white institutions p…
This isn’t just what our immigrant parents think, it is my lived experience for 30+ years of professional employment! I tell my children the same thing: you are not white, therefore you’ll have to work harder.
The fact is that until white people take pragmatic responsibility — which has to do with shifting money and higher level positions to POC’s — nothing will change. No ‘nice’ attitude can compensate for taking a POC’s promotion and subsequent money from them because you’re white: this just isn’t nice behavior. The behavior must change, which assumes that white people collectively will need to give things back (they think of this as giving ‘up.’)