Immersion Stage Of Racial Identity Development

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We got into an interesting discussion about the Tatum article. What are your thoughts on the stages and where do you see yourself in these charts? Think critically and not only in the Black/White binary.

I think that the stages of “racial identity development” are incredibly interesting because openly acknowledging them has the potential to make people extremely uncomfortable. Yet, I also experience mixed-feelings towards them because they fail to account for identities that fall outside of the racial binary.
For example, as a biracial woman, it is nearly impossible to entirely limit myself to one of these charts. Last year, as a freshman taking courses such as African American Studies and Race & Literary Texts, my naïve bubble was popped and I was thrown into a world wherein social constructions and racialization were inescapable realities. As a result, I began to limit myself to the types of shows I watched, the music I listened to, the viewpoints I held, and the parties I attended- all of which exclusively involved people of color. In hindsight, I now recognize this time as my experience in the “Immersion stage” of Black identity development (Tatum, 1992, p. 11). Yet, the privilege I experience as a result of being half-white also allowed for my ignorance of these oppressive realities, so it can be argued that I was additionally experiencing Helms’ Pseudo-Independent stage (Tatum, 1992, p. 16). At this point in time, I would like to see myself at the
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