Go ahead, tell me one more time how hard your life is as a white person. You grew up poor, you didn't live in an all white neighborhood, you're NOT racist. I get it, you're a good person and you don't discriminate. All of these circumstances apply to me as well. At the same time, I'm not naive enough to think I don't have every advantage over a person of color in the same situation.
Why am I writing this today? Because i recently came across this article from Ijeoma Oluo speaking about white privilege and she hits the nail on the head. I've never been forced to figure out white culture and not because I live it - it's because MY survival does not depend on it.
Unfortunately, even in today's world, I can't say the same for minorities in this country. Because I can't articulate these points nearly as well as Ijeoma, I suggest you stop what you're doing immediately (including reading this little blog) and check out her thoughts.
You can read the full article here: https://theestablishment.co/white-people-i-dont-want-you-to-understand-me-better-i-want-you-to-understand-yourselves-a6fbedd42ddf
What are you going to do to help create a cultural shift? I'm asking you because I'm not even sure what I can do. I'd love to hear your ideas - let me know in the comments below.
Megan A. Dutta