White Privilege

I don’t know why our species is so intent on the destruction of itself.

Someone said to me, I want to use my white privilege to be part of the solution, but I don’t know how. I don’t know how, either, but I know something has to change.

Someone else posed the question, Has the last year been really extra shitty for black people – or are we just hearing about more of it because there are more black people on the internet than ever before? That’s a good question and I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle. I think it’s a little bit of both.

I can’t claim for a second to know what it’s like to be black. I know what it’s like to be different, to feel like I’m in danger for that difference, but I will never know what it’s like to be hated because of the amount of pigment in my skin.

Tywanza Sanders
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
Clementa Pinckney
Cynthia Hurd
Myra Thompson
Ethel Lee Lance
Daniel Simmons
Rev. Depayne Middleton-Doctor
Susie Jackson

Those are only nine names out of the thousands of people who have died because they were born the “wrong” color. They are probably not even the most recent, even though it’s only been a few days. They are just the current most famous.

I can’t change the mind of racists. I can’t make them see that we are all the same species.

All I can do is speak up and speak out and what we can all do is stop allowing a structure for racism to build on. Let the world know that these things are not okay. Acknowledge that this is the struggle black people are going through. Let them know we see them and we are not okay with it.

Speak out against the flying of the Confederate flag. Speak out against police brutality on POC. Call out people on their casual racism. Call out people who make idiotic assumptions based on stereotypes. Participate in movements like #BlackLivesMatter – join the conversation.

Not because black people can’t fight for themselves, but because they shouldn’t have to fight alone when we all know it’s not right. And because we know there are some white people who just aren’t going to believe there is a problem unless they are told by another white person.

Glyde

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3 thoughts on “White Privilege

  1. I appreciate this post. and i love my friends who are not black that support me. thanks for understanding and not being uncomfortable or afraid to help us. ❤

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    1. Thank you for commenting! Makes me very happy to know I reached someone. I also hope I can reach some of the other white people who are too afraid or uncomfortable (but not unwilling) to help, and maybe make them less so. The only way we can fix these problems is together, as a united human race. All the best, J ♥

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