I would like to start this post off by saying that I’m not sorry for what I’m about to say. I have taken time to write this point, I have chosen my words carefully and I’ve ensured to convey the message I wish to convey in the most educational and respectful way I know how. If what I’m about to say offends you: it’s because your white privilege is showing.
Let’s discuss what white privileged means and also what it doesn’t mean. We’ll get this one out of the way: white privilege doesn’t mean you haven’t struggled or been handed hardships. It does mean you haven’t struggled because of the color of your skin. I grew up poor, my father was incarcerated for a brief time and my mother died when I was 15. I’ve struggled a great deal; yet never once because of my skin color. In fact, I’d argue if I wasn’t white and was handed the same hardships, I may not have had the opportunity to make it as far as I have.
In 2011 there was a concert held in my city. This was the first time I went to a concert alone with just friends and no adults. My one friend was 16, I was 15 and my friends little sister was about 11 or 12. The concert ended around 9:30pm and we had decided to walk around downtown for a bit before calling our ride home. Downtown wasn’t the greatest place for a bunch of kids to be roaming around between the hours of 9:30pm and 10:30pm; but we were sheltered kids. Our neighborhood was safe to walk around at night. We didn’t know better. As 11pm was starting to approach I texted my aunt to come pick us up and said we would be outside the arena that held the concert but we had walked so far away from the arena we got lost. A police office found us. When we saw the police officer approach us, we didn’t feel fear, we didn’t think anything bad was going to happen, we felt relief as we knew he was going to help us. We were safe because he was there. That’s white privilege.
Walking down the street at night and not being terrified when a cop approaches you is white privilege. Walking around your neighborhood and not having the cops called on you for “suspicious activity” is white privilege. Not being pulled over by a police officer and questioned about where you were going and why when you haven’t broken any traffic laws is white privilege. Walking around a store and not having an employee keeping an eye on you is white privilege. The list goes on and on…
“It isn’t my fault I was born white” although I cringe when I hear that, because that’s a very arrogant thing to say, I guess there is a point there; however, it’s our responsibility to recognized the societal label and make a change. Be outraged for our brothers and sisters whose skin color doesn’t match ours, boycott stores, hold up signs, protest policies, use our voice, use the privilege we were unfairly and unjustly given to emphasis the HUMAN RACE being the ONLY race. Be outraged and make a scene (you know, like y’all did over wearing a mask in Walmart) and let those “in charge” know we won’t stand for racism. We won’t allow it. We won’t sit down and shut up while innocent men and women are being beaten, tortured and murdered. Because the reality is: WE are in charge. Not the politicians. Us. The American people. All of us.
We will never see a change if we stay quiet. By staying quiet we are part of the problem and we’re taking racisms side (I said what I said). We must speak out, we must change society, we must do b̵e̵t̵t̵e̵r̵ something.
Hey America, your white privileged is showing.