Nobody is mad at you for being white. Nobody.

Loving day. Did you know that interracial marriage only became legal in all 50 states in 1967? Not that long ago!

June 12th my social media feed was littered with hateful images that I can easily classify as racist, and I haven’t unfollowed yet because if I want to combat racism, I have to know where the chinks are. I have to know where the errors in thinking lie in order to aim accurately. So… yes, littered with racist memes and comments.

However, also on June 12th my social media feed was sprinkled with the joy and happiness of what June 12th means to SO MANY of my friends: LOVING DAY!

One of my friends who celebrated the legality of her marriage that day posted an article that hit so many nails on the head I wanted to repost the entire thing.

I read their website that I have permission to do so, but I’d rather them get the “click.” I want them to to get credit for the article, so here’s what I want you to do today. Read the article and jot down any thoughts you have about certain aspects of what Lori Lakin Hutcherson wrote to her friend.

Ask yourself these things:

1. Do the questions in my head sound like the friend who wrote the question to Lori?
If so… that’s fine. Just acknowledge where you are in this journey. (I assume if you’re reading this, you actually do want to understand white privilege.)

2. Did any of her examples of white privilege come as a surprise to you?
If so, why?
If her examples don’t surprise you, then that means you do actually understand that white privilege is a thing and once you know, you have a responsibility to act. It’s okay if that action is internal, working to understand the root of the problem. Read books, articles, and listen, especially to the voices of people of color who are speaking on this topic.

Okay. Ready? Click the link below to see Yes!Magazine’s article. It was published September 8, 2017, and is a republication from Good Black News July 14, 2016 –
THIS CONVERSATION IS NOT NEW! It’s been going on for a very long time.

CLICK HERE ➡️ My White Friend Asked Me on Facebook to Explain White Privilege. I Decided to Be Honest

Stop here. Read the article, then come back…

I had a few takeaways:

  1. Oh, this sentence: “I’m going to go in chronological order so you might begin to glimpse the tonnage and why what many white folks might feel is a “where did all of this come from?” moment in society has been festering individually and collectively for the LIFETIME of pretty much every black or brown person living in America today, regardless of wealth or opportunity.”
    And remember, Lori wrote this response in 2016!!!
  2. Regarding her fourth example: Many Black Americans are accused of “getting a spot” in universities or getting jobs because of their skin color. Voddie Baucham chose to go to Oxford (in England) for fear of being accused of having gotten his degree because he was Black. Even when a Black person earns a position or a degree, many white people assume it was given to them because of their skin color. Why not just assume that the individual worked hard and earned the position.
  3. Regarding her sixth example: I’ve seen many white people up in arms this week about “history being erased.” Black Americans are ready for history books to be accurate. Our history books have eliminated much of the atrocities that were committed against Black people for a number of reasons which I won’t get into. (Read. Research. Please!) The “heroes” our country praise in history books are mostly white. Black individuals who are discussed are almost always tied to one of two themes: slavery or civil rights. There are so many more Black Americans who have made huge impacts on our nation that could be included. If your nation’s history books mainly feature people who look like you and erase the bad things your ancestors have done, you are privileged.

* The title of today’s blog post is a quote from Lori Lakin Hutcherson’s response
* My White Friend Asked Me on Facebook to Explain White Privilege. I Decided to Be Honest
* Good Black News

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Previous posts in this series:
Intro: #OnceYouSeeRacism
1. Build your “talking about racism” muscles. – {general racism}
2. The Dangers of the Colorblind Mentality – (color blind mentality}
3. Be Color Brave, Not Color Blind {color blind mentality}
4. See and Honor Color {color blind mentality; “the talk”}
5. What is an Ally? {allyship}
6. Allyship – digging deeper {allyship}
7. What Privilege? {white privilege}
8. You are here… {white privilege}

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