Believe us. We felt it, too.
In the last 18 hours, dozens of response pieces have been published, calling out the author, Jen Caron — who has done her best to vanish from the Internet, and the publication, which will apparently issue a statement from the assigning editor later today. [Update: managing editor Rebecca Carroll has responded on the site.] All have captured the natural anger that this essay incited, and some have done so with admirable grace and eloquence in a situation where an out-and-out rant would feel equally appropriate. One post we found exceptional was by CeCe Olisa, founder of The Big Girl Blog.
In Olisa's response, she details her own experience in a fitness class dominated by white women, which tells the other side of Caron's story. She concludes, "From where I sit, Jen’s sudden awareness of her whiteness was only a reflection of how hyper aware she was of the big black woman in such close, intimate proximity to her. I mean, it would be
Check out the rest of CeCe's excellent post, and let's let that be the beginning of a better conversation. (The Big Girl Blog)