White privilege doesn’t mean that every single white person is better off than every single person of color in every single instance would could possibly imagine. If you’re confused about what white privilege is, I know this blog that literally exists to compile examples of white privilege. You should check it out. It’s called our blog, this one, the one you’re on right now.
I'm curious what you have to say about this. Hello, I'm an African/Asian American and have never felt that Caucasians have had "privilege" over me in anyway. In no instance have I ever been inferior because of my ethnicity; in fact for most of my life I've been superior to many Caucasians I knew/know because of my education and social status. Can we really say that all whites have this privilege when I myself, and many of my multi-racial acquaintances am an example of the opposite of this?
Lemme get one thing clear tho. Im not a racist. I care about a life no matter the skin color. Im just wondering why people dont freak when hundreds of black kids are gettjng killed every day in the hood, but when one white person is thought to be at fault for one, it starts riots.
I totally knew you were gonna say something racist as soon as you said “I’m not a racist.”
But yo, those are two completely different situations, man, and you know it, don’t you? Like, I get that you don’t get the riots, because you don’t feel the pain of what happened out there. This isn’t “one white person thought to be at fault for one.” This is a pattern. Two black people have been killed by the police every week since 2006.
And like I said, I get that you don’t get it, because you’re not the one with the target on your back because of your skin color, but don’t sell yourself short here and pretend you’re that stupid. You know those two situations have nothing to do with each other. They don’t relate. Gang violence and police brutality are two completely different things.
That’s like saying “Five year olds get into fights all the time, but all of a sudden when a 30 year old punches a 5 year old, it’s bad.”
"Since the Florissant/Ferguson schools have been cancelled again for the remainder of the week (haven’t even started yet) due to the situation in Ferguson, parents are meeting at the Ferguson Library on New Florissant Rd from 9-4 to work with any children from K to 12th who might show up. They are looking for volunteers Tuesday and Wednesday, and possibly Thursday and Friday. Feel free to bring a craft or activity to do with the children.
I know that most of us have already started school and many with the younger children would not be able to help, but maybe there are some with older kids who can do school on their own at home can go to the library to help out. Read a story, work on spelling or phonics with the kids, whatever is needed.”
Ferguson Municipal Public Library · 35 North Florissant Road Ferguson, Missouri 63135 · Voice (314) 521-4820
When I hear y’all call for the demilitarization of the military, I literally here “this is too had to watch. shoot at the darkies with regular guns, surround them with regular cop cars”. Don’t get me wrong; tanks shouldn’t be rolling down the street in any neighborhood or any country for that matter. However the demilitarization topic has gotten way more coverage and think pieces than the force being used against black people protesting. Whether it’s an assault rifle or a baton, a tank or a dog, a badge or camos, black people are still being attacked for voicing their dissent.
Telling the people of Ferguson to take this anger and “channel” it to the polls, i.e elect officials that reflect them, is so fucking beside the point and victim blaming. This is ignoring disenfranchisement of the black voter (racism) and the poor voter (can’t take time off to vote). This is ignoring how expensive it is to run for office. This is ignoring that this is a matter of the dehumanization of black people and not some trivial political disagreement. Like this only serves to uphold what you think is a democracy, to uphold your just world fallacy.
So today in Feurgeson the cops said people could protest but they can’t congregate. They had to keep moving, like march. This is denying the right to assemble. Black people weren’t allowed to form crowds in this country. Literally Jim Crow. Not New Jim Crow, just Jim Crow. Shit never went away
Overall, I would have to say whites joining anti-racist or pro-POC student groups in order “better themselves” are approaching from the wrong mindset. The Black Student Union and similar groups don’t exist to be your vehicle for self-improvement. Join if you would like to help contribute to solving problems that those students face on campus, but don’t come in expecting them to be your manic pixie dream minorities.
The thing about white students joining the Black Student Union is that those who really put in work during their college career in BSU’s every year have to deal with incoming white freshman who want to join ironically, or who want to join to “better themselves,” so it’s completely understandable why BSU members will see white students wanting to join and go, “Ugh, here comes another one.”
Hello (: As a white person starting college, I was just curious if me wanting to join the Black Student Union would be welcomed or seen as me invading a safe space. I really want to educate myself further on these types of social issues and remove any remaining biases I have since I grew up an a very white affluent community and don't have much (if any) first hand experience. I know this blog isn't really for me, but I really appreciate the work you do.
It depends on the Union. Some are welcoming to non-black students, others prefer against it. I would email the president of the BSU in question and ask them if they’re welcoming to non-black students. Also ask what non-black students can do to contribute in a way that is beneficial and respectful.
Yesterday I got a call from my sister Cheeraz Gormon in St. Louis who was standing with poet Elizabeth Vega. They wanted me to know that a few women had created, on lawns, in the streets, healing stations, a place where the youth could come and scream and cry and be held and heard in love. Mighty work. — Dream Hampton
“I don’t care if Mike Brown was going to college soon. This should not matter. We should not have to prove Mike Brown was worthy of living. We should not have to account for the ways in which he is suitably respectable. We should not have to prove that his body did not deserve to be riddled with bullets. His community should not have to silence their anger so they won’t be accused of rioting, so they won’t become targets too.”—"silence is not an option," roxane gay (via brookehatfield)
Just wanted to tell you that I found your blog randomly, by asking google for "black people talking about white privilege", because all I could find by googling white privilege was white people talking about it. I then used this blog to start a conversation with my 13 year daughter about what white privilege is and what we have to do to dismantle it. I am not telling you this to receive a cookie, just wanted you to know that I am grateful for what you are doing and have done. Thank you.
I enjoy this page, because I appreciate the activism, although I am white. I agree with most everything posted onto this page. However, if you do enough research, you will come to find out that the first person to own an African American as a slave was an African European. A black African European. So why do a vast majority of "black" people ( I say black people to specify that I am referring to one of "black" skin, as there are white African Americans.) believe that it was the white mans fault?
A black man in history owned a slave, therefore white people, what with the creation of entire industries based on owning other people and the development of the entire Atlantic slave trade, are entirely free to blame. Thanks.
White privilege is never having your name called out in class immediately when you are watching a video/movie/TV show/cartoon because there is a character/actor of the same race as you, and then instantly hearing laughs and jokes from others.
white people talking about the racism they experienced:i was walking out of walmart and this black girl BUMPED INTO ME and i nicely apologized but she called her 9 black brothers over to BEAT ME UP they called me a SNOWMAN because im WHITE and then these black police officers came and BEAT ME TOO and an alien spaceship full of latinos and asians landed and they called me a cracker and cheered on the blacks! racism against white people IS REAL