I’m white, I’m privileged, but I’m angry. I am looking for ways to help. I am lending my hand and using my voice. I am self-educating because I feel it is my responsibility to do so with the advantages I have been dealt. I don’t have to deal with racism, but I choose to. Depending on my privilege to ignore these problems is a luxury I will not allow others to suffer from. A luxury that would be selfish to indulge in. Not getting involved is choosing a side. Imagine not having a choice.
I know the opportunities I have been given come directly from factors out of my control. White, grew up away from violence, married parents, education paid for, not once have I worried about having food on the table. What about those born into a different story? Smarter, more capable than me yet hindered by those things and many more.
As a white person, I carry white privilege. As an influencer, I have a platform to make a difference. No matter what struggles we as white people have in our own lives, we do not have to live in fear because of the color of our skin. Deal with wrongful assumptions, unkind judgments, or microaggressions because of the color of our skin. An act of racism can be so small it slides under our radar. Sadly unrecognizable in what has become the norm of our society. Why are we waiting until necks are kneeled on, and innocent people are murdered to trend hashtags acknowledging these injustices? Let’s do better in recognizing where racism can be stopped.
Black lives and other people of color need our help. I have provided a link that I found helpful, listing some actions we can take in the efforts towards racial justice. Please, ask for resources. Google, read, listen to educators, stories, their pain. If it makes you uncomfortable, let that fuel your determination to make a change. If it shocks you, let that be a reminder of our privilege.
I am so proud of my friends and my family, using their voice and resources to spread knowledge and make a difference. Raising their children to understand the challenges others face daily. Having uncomfortable and unnatural conversations on matters that may not exist within their bubble, so more people can use their privilege for good. More selfless leaders can replace abusers of power. More open-minded, open-hearted love can spread. Every time I see posts fighting these causes, I have confidence I’m surrounding myself with the right people. If you’re worried you might be “annoying” posting about politics, and Black Lives Matter, I suggest asking yourself one thing: Is it “annoying” to call out injustice? If you think your voice doesn’t make a difference, ask yourself if just one person might hear you.
Please, stand up for the people whose necks are being kneeled on. The people who can’t run on their own two feet without being shot down. Anyone and everyone who was made uncomfortable going about their business solely because of the color of their skin. Stop depending on your privilege to ignore the problems that are literally killing innocent people. They are asking for our help. Begging for our recognition. Our understanding. We need to do better. Imagine a society where respect is given before taken away. Where love is offered before it’s neglected. Where we all help in the ways we can. Ask yourself how you can do better. How we as a society can be better. Black lives matter. Say it, spread it, prove you believe it.
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