Acceptance is the First Step in Anthropology

In an article by Carole McGranahan called “Racism is Real, and Colorblindness is Racism: Truths from a Black Feminist Anthropologists”, she discusses the events in Ferguson Missouri, and how she tried to make her Facebook friends understand that while they might not experience injustice, she does, and it is reality, even if it is a reality they do not experience.

What I found most poignant was the end of the article where she discussed how taking away her race would be like taking away a part of her. Her race is so much a part of how she defines herself that taking that away or being “colorblind” you wouldn’t have a chance to know the real her.

She also discusses how she is better able to understand and learn and immerse herself in a culture because she accepts all the parts of herself, being a feminist and black. I have learned that in order to do effective fieldwork an anthropologist must accept who they are and what bias they may have upon entering into the culture they are investigating. Coming to terms with yourself is one of the most important aspects of anthropology and Carole McGranahan does accept all parts of herself and wants everyone else to do the same.

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One thought on “Acceptance is the First Step in Anthropology

  1. Looking into personal identity and cultural identity in this entry is a rather different way of looking at anthropology as a whole. When conducting research in different locations, place gives anthropologists a new perspective and also affects their identity through working with the space. Additionally, the cost of losing an aspect of one’s identity through loss of culture has a negative influence. I found this entry interesting for it created the connection between different aspects of anthropology, in addition to connecting research methods with the personal approach of the anthropologist- something that I’ve never considered.

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