Y’all know me. I get these wild hairs up my ass, then I start traveling on these socially conscious tangents, then I feel the need to share my thoughts with the world. I stumbled across a Time Magazine article that has been getting a lot of buzz called ” Why I’ll Never Apologize For My White Male Privilege”. The title alone was so bold and captivating, it most certainly piqued my interests. I thought to myself, for this article to have appeared in Time Magazine, It has to be pretty thought provoking and earth shattering. WRONG! However, living up to one of my life’s mantras (seek to understand, before you seek to be understood), I read it.
I do not accuse those who “check” me and my perspective of overt racism, although the phrase, which assumes that simply because I belong to a certain ethnic group I should be judged collectively with it, toes that line. But I do condemn them for diminishing everything I have personally accomplished, all the hard work I have done in my life, and for ascribing all the fruit I reap not to the seeds I sow but to some invisible patron saint of white maleness who places it out for me before I even arrive. Furthermore, I condemn them for casting the equal protection clause, indeed the very idea of a meritocracy, as a myth, and for declaring that we are all governed by invisible forces (some would call them “stigmas” or “societal norms”), that our nation runs on racist and sexist conspiracies. Forget “you didn’t build that;” check your privilege and realize that nothing you have accomplished is real.
It was [my grandparents’] privilege to come to a country that grants equal protection under the law to its citizens, that cares not about religion or race, but the content of your character. ~ Time
I tried my hardest to understand the young man’s perspective who wrote this article. However, by the end of it, I came to the conclusion that he would never KNOW what it was like to be Black and I would never KNOW what it was like to be Jewish. All we can do in this lifetime is seek to understand as best we can.
A rather articulate Black college student took exception with the young man who wrote this letter and with Time Magazine. In an effort to help the writer better understand “White Privellage” from a Black person’s perspective and to correct some erroneous claims in the writers letter, he to decided to write a letter.
Wanna hear it, hear it goes. Put on your seat belt because this thing gets deep. Continue reading