Internalized Oppression and Finding Community
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Saira (NOT Sara) Rao grew up in Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of Indian immigrants. For forty years, she wasted her precious time aspiring to be white and accepted by dominant white society, a futile task for anyone not born with white skin. Several years ago, Saira began the painful process of dismantling her own internalized oppression. Saira is a lawyer-by-training, a former congressional candidate, a published novelist and co-founder of Race2Dinner, where she and her partner, Regina Jackson, host radically honest conversations about racism with white women. Regina and Saira's upcoming book, WHITE WOMEN: EVERYTHING YOU ALREADY KNOW ABOUT YOUR OWN RACISM AND HOW TO DO BETTER will be published by Penguin/Random House.

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