You say as a white person, “I wasn’t there. I wasn’t even born when slavery or the civil rights movement happened. That’s not me. I had nothing to do with that then or now.”
Well, my friend you need to think of a few things before you say that.
1. You get to live under the legacy of institutionalized PRIVILEGE. Your name and culture have a foundation.
2. You aren’t automatically assumed to be a thug, an illiterate, uneducated, lazy person straight on sight. [Please refer back to Number 1)
3. You don’t have to live with the worry of being stopped by police to the point that you have to teach your sons and daughters how to “act” once they do. [Again, please refer back to Number 1]
4. Your people are the Standard of Beauty. You don’t deal with having to try and live up to some ideal of “beauty” your body nor culture were never meant to fit.
5. You may be lower class but you aren’t going to be seen as the “less than” as you would if you were not white.
6. You control most of the world of entertainment. Here’s a quote from Halle Berry:
“There’ve been roles that I’ve really wanted to play and I’ve had to listen to producers say to me, ‘We don’t want to go black with the role because if we go black it changes the whole story, because who would her parents be? Then it becomes a "black” movie and then who’s going to see other?’“
Even a half-white woman can’t play any role she chooses in the society. That says a great deal about the entertainment industry, representation and equality.
No, I’m not trying to stir up animosity. I am speaking a truth that our generation is failing to understand or even acknowledge. It’s time we tear down the walls of privilege and institutionalized racism. It’s time to wake up and work together to MAKE THINGS CHANGE!