Some White people avoid looking at the privilege we have because they start to feel guilt and shame. But we have done nothing wrong, we are just operating from a preconceived filtering system we aren’t aware of. A reminder to acknowledge one’s privilege is just a reminder to be aware — aware we might not be able to fully understand someone else’s experiences, or that the assumptions we were brought up with may be blinding us and driving us to make limiting judgments. It’s not an attack on you personally nor is it meant to make you feel guilt or shame.
The thing about White Privilege is it tends to be unintentional, unconscious and uncomfortable to recognize, but easy to take for granted. But it’s that very invisibility that makes it that much more important to understand: Without confronting what exists, there’s no chance of leveling the field so everyone has a fair chance of winning the race.
Our White ignorance of what Blacks live every day is a major part of the racial problem.
Until we become aware, we cannot change. We, who identify as White, are not bad and wrong for this ignorance, but even being able to ignore learning about it is part of having White Privilege. Clearly, we can’t change our color, but we do need to look within and self-reflect on our own subconscious racist beliefs that unconsciously translate into actions that perpetuate the problem. We have a lot of work to do!
My name is
I am a White American
I can do, say, and be all of these things without fear (as can my family).
I stand with my Black brothers and sisters.
I know that...
I will not be killed.
I can go jogging (#AmaudArbery).
I can relax in the comfort of my own home (#BothemSean and #AtatianaJefferson).
I can ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride).
I can have a cellphone (#StephonClark).
I can leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards).
I can play loud music (#JordanDavis).
I can sell CDs (#AltonSterling).
I can sleep (#AiyanaJones)
I can walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown).
I can play cops and robbers (#TamirRice).
I can go to church (#Charleston9).
I can walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin).
I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party (#SeanBell).
I can party on New Years (#OscarGrant).
I can get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland).
I can lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile).
I can break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones).
I can shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford) .
I can have a disabled vehicle (#TerrenceCrutcher).
I can read a book in my own car (#KeithScott).
I can be a 10-yearr-old walking with my grandfather (#CliffordGlover).
I can decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese).
I can ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans).
I can cash a check in peace (#YvonneSmallwood).
I can take out my wallet (#AmadouDiallo).
I can walk home from the convenience store with an iced tea (#ElijahMcClain)
I can run (#WalterScott).
I can breathe (#EricGarne, #George Floyd, etc., etc., etc.)
I can live (#FreddieGray).
This is reality.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
But what can I do? Show up, stand up and speak up. Silence makes you complicit.
Start right now.
Change the first two lines to your name and your identity, cut and paste and share with as many people as you can.
LET’S EDUCATE EACH OTHER – PLEASE PASS THIS ON
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