Honestly speaking, I’m really impressed about Pamela Perry’s article “White Means Never Having to Say You’re Ethnic”, especially when he introduced the two processes of reproducing whiteness as a social norm, which are rationalization and naturalization. From personal point of view, Naturalization can be perfectly used under the circumstances that subject involved within white race, and by considering that the general white culture is the norm, those who are distinctive from white should be considered differently. Rationalization, however, is commonly used when naturalization appears to be meaningless or useless under the situation that the cultural and racial diversity is considered plentiful. Meanwhile, its basic function can contribute to transform other culture into a more foreign style to natives, and by doing so, assimilate them, change them into what’s typically accepted by public, that is the culturlessness of whites.
As a international student from China, I’ve never experienced racial diversity in my high school, which includes all students from the same race, so I think I wouldn’t truly understand the situation described by Perry in American High school. But now I begin to find it interesting and rational to me when I have experienced three years of American university life. With so many friends and classmates from different kind of races and cultures, I realized that the importance of maintaining our racial identities when we encounters people from other races. Even though I’m not white, I understand Perry’s concept of the “white norm”. And I think we should communicate with people from other races and cultures more often, for both enlarge our personal knowledge and for creating a better future with the diversity of distinctive races and cultures.