I have only recently learned about the concept of "white coded", from your Twitter. Do you think you could explain more about this? I might have an idea of what it means, but I want to make sure I'm as close to the truth as I can be.
I understood the concept but was using the wrong term prior to this. I was using white passing, but âpihtawikosisân did a great thread on white coded tonight so I’m using that now.
White coded means you’re seen as white. It applies to light skinned Indigenous people (and other non-white folk).
People assume we’re white and treat us that way until we tell them we’re not. And even after we tell people we’re not white, we are still treated ““better”” (ugh) than our brown relations.
Light-skinned folk are Indigenous or non-white, but we have different experiences than our deeper skinned relations. We have never experienced living while brown in a white supremacist society, and can’t truly understand it either.
So we have this privilege. We’re not consciously choosing to pass, so “white passing” isn’t quite right. It’s just that our outward appearance has a lot of the phenotypic markers that people associate with “white”. So we’re white coded.
You can see that thread here: https://twitter.com/apihtawikosisan/status/825833386266730500
I’m going to reblog this ask onto my native/feminism blog too I think.