white privilege

 

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I am a white female- the colour of my skin allows me privileges that people of colour do not receive.

White privilege is a cultural, societal and human issue. It is a real issue and has been relevant since colonisation. It is domination. I am here speaking up about it today because difficult as it may be, I am in a position that allows me to. It is only the right thing to do, for in today’s world, the only way to make things better is to highlight where they go wrong. Too many important topics are left for others to talk about. This shouldn’t be the way we operate- I am someone and you are too. Change starts with us.  If you can deny the existence of white privilege, you are already enjoying it. Simple.

I’d like to first clarify that no one determines their race. We are not here to apologise for who we are, but rather to help right the wrongs done against others who are different to us. Another thing I’ll mention is that not everyone will have this experience. There are many people of colour who are doing just fine, just like there are white people who face prejudice. There is a lot of points to consider. Becoming aware of your privilege does not mean you should feel burdened or guilty. Take this as an opportunity to learn and be responsible so that we may work towards a just and inclusive world free of everyday prejudice.

It is a fact nowadays that very few people get things handed to them. Despite race, we all have to put in work and make our own success. It is wrong to assume that everything a person enjoys can be chalked down to privilege. It simply does not take into account the other more likely reasons. What is accurate however, is this- If you are born white, you will have it easier. You will be perceived differently and likely won’t suffer all that much. You will, as a general rule, not face ugly stereotypes or be racially profiled. You will have it easier. This, my friends, is the subtle way that we enjoy privilege. If there’s anything I’ve learnt, it’s that bad things hide in plain sight.. they are subtle. Very few things are just black and white. You cannot define someone’s narrative by assuming they’ve benefitted from power systems, just as you cannot sweep struggle under the rug just because you’ve never lived it. White privilege doesn’t mean your life hasn’t been hard.. it simply means that your skin colour isn’t one of the things making it harder.

 

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