I’m sure someone has pointed this out before, but I was thinking about the whole #BlackOutDay and the anger that has come from white people who don’t get why we’re focusing on black people. Or even hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter that are being vilified and being replaced by #AllLivesMatter.
And here’s the thought that I came to: white people have been told all their lives that the world is theirs. When a white child is growing up, chances are that they have been told that the world is their oyster and they can have whatever they like as long as they go for it. So they grow up believing this and develop this sense of entitlement.
Now, I can only speak to the black narratives I’ve heard and my own experience, but we’re told that we’ll have to work so much harder and possibly not get as much, and then climb over numerous hurdles to land where we do. Oh, and don’t forget to dodge law enforcement and remember that the systems you’re trying to work within are probably against you.
Look at the difference between these two narratives.
Now, if this is the narrative that white people grow up with, they’re sure as hell gonna believe that whatever they want, they have the right to have. This is the colonial mindset.
And black people recognize that if they want something, they’re gonna have to make a whole new system because the current one isn’t built for them.
This is why white people get mad when we say they can’t be involved in something, if they can’t have something.
And this is why black people continue to try to find ways around a systemically oppressive system.
I don’t know how to fix this. I don’t know how to make this better, but hey, at least we can gain some sort of understanding.