We say we want to help, we try, and we even witness the positive short-term changes. The smiles, the hope, and the fix. We can’t see our long-term and unintended effects, both positive and negative. This is what keeps me awake at night.
It is convenient to avoid hurting feelings.
I write this and enjoy the luxury of my greatest fear being of what people will think of me,
fear of embarrassment,
fear of my shame – exposed,
From Nick Bosa, to supporters of “anti-PC” candidate Donald Trump, many people are tired of having to defend positions that were commonplace and routinely accepted only a half-decade prior.
If you came from a happy family, I don’t think we’re going to get along very well. We might as well be speaking different languages. Or wearing different gang colors. Or living on different planets.
You’re continually pushing yourself to be your best.
“But look, were talking about this white privilege issue, and yes its funny, and easy to laugh at, but I actually think it is quite racist.”
Examining privilege is not a means by which to seek out a figure for blame; examining privilege is a means by which we can examine the disparities between people, learn from these disparities, and implement change accordingly.
In my four years at Mizzou, I have been called the N-word every semester. I’ve been told to go back where I came from.
“White man in a suit and fancy shoes drops a $20 on the subway platform. I made a decision, but what would you do? Give back to him? Or to the homeless vet by the stairs?”