Thursday, March 21, 2019

Short Post About Privilege

I know most of you don't know you got it
I know most of you don't realize it
I know most of you pretend not to feel it
I know most of you have never been exposed to it
I know, because I am it
I am the it, the privilege to the that
Never needed to sit in, protest this or that
Never needed to worry for my life, nothing like that
Never needed to worry about a look or who's that
Never needed to feel a way about a reaction to what's that
Never needed to awkward, my color, never reacted to that
Never did I have to explain my aggression to that or this
Grew up not knowing, not understanding this
Grew up not knowing, blind to her and his this
Grew up not knowing, realized 30's too late for this
Grew up not knowing, white is a privilege, realize this
Grew up not knowing, thinking I had struggle, not his realize
Grew from reading, talking, living my uncomfortable risk
This ain't no growth mindset, innovative, platitude risk
This ain't no growth mindset, but an acceptance of your guilt risk
This ain't no growth mindset, no apology for being white risk
This ain't no growth mindset, but a support and prop up people of color risk
This ain't no growth mindset, an action to speak up to your white friends risk
This is the end to this thought, not a risk, as it how I feel.

There is no risk when you feel something to the core. There is no risk or chance when you know you are right.  You feel guilt? Embarrassment? Like you don't have privilege? You want to know why?

It is simple, it is systemic, it is not your fault on an individual basis.  You are not to blame, the system is, not created by you.  But........ We need to fight it and change it now.  It is up to you and each individual conversation you have with other white people.  I am white, I am not ashamed of that, and I know I need to affect other white people.  That is my mission, help white people understand.   Not what "we did" in terms of right now, but what "we did" in terms of setting up systems that just don't work for all Americans.

When you "hear" that comment... As a white person, just ask, "Please tell me what you mean by that..."  then, "why" "why" "why" "why" to their next 4 responses.  Don't say anything more.  You will get to the core.  They will realize that their assimilationist mindset is jaded.  Just ask... Don't put your head in the sand or nod them off... It is our turn white people to do this.  People of color have doing this work with so little support for too long.

PS... BPM 95 works great here.  Think 90's California Rap... You find it.



1 comment:

  1. This is odd. The way to integration is by being your best self. Stand up, be a role model, lead through your actions. Have open, and frank discussions with people of all ethnicities. Always be sincere. We don’t need more underground white people discussions to openly solve a problem.

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