by Holly Fetter, ‘13
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m White.
I may have DJed a quinceañera and I might be an outstanding dancer, but alas, I am a person of pallor.
And, I’m a Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity major.
Given this unusual pairing, I always get one of two reactions from fellow White people who seem to forget that we have races and ethnicities, too.
The first is the classic, “Oh! Wow! That’s so… interesting!” This usually comes from confused people who are too polite to ask clarifying questions.
But the second, more common, reaction is a little more honest: “Race and what? Why are you majoring in that?” Given the apparent paradox of a White person studying race, this is usually followed by awkward laughter.
And most of the time, I just laugh along with them. Sometimes I’ll respond with a vague, “Yeah, it’s a great major.”
But as I reflect on my experience (at the wise, old age of 22), I realize that I’ve never really explained to anyone why I chose to declare CSRE – not even to my family.
So let me take this chance to explain to y’all why I chose this major, and why I now know it’s undoubtedly the best one at Stanford. Continue reading