Reflections: A White Southerner's Story



Racism, Antiracism, White Privilege, Segregation, Southerner


A reflection on my experience growing up White in the segregated South, my complicity with the virulently racist system, and my developing consciousness of racism and White privilege.


Author Biography

Patricia L. Aron, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

Pat Aron is a long-time political activist who first became aware of racial injustice as a young white child growing up in the United States’ segregated South. There as a teenager her work to confront racism began, an activism that continues today with SURJ/Boston (Showing Up for Racial Justice). Pat is a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, a founder of Congo Action Now, and a past board member of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus. Her interests focus on the U.S. civil rights, feminist, and LGBTQ movements and on efforts to bring peace to the Democratic Republic of Congo (working with the New England Congolese diaspora as well as campus groups). A recently retired public health social worker, Pat has a Master’s of Social Work degree from Boston University and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.



How to Cite

Aron, P. L. (2017). Reflections: A White Southerner’s Story. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, 7(2), 75–86. Retrieved from