When the White Conscience Speaks 

“We have a culture problem not a race problem.”

Yet, they forget they enslaved and segregated the black community for hundreds of years. Their ancestors built their wealth by profiting off slave labor. They forget that the system that was put into place by their ancestors was designed for their successs. 

“I don’t see color” 

But that’s a problem, I am color. A beautiful color. Their discomfort in acknowledging color is proof of their discomfort with people of color. They erase identities, struggles and equate their experiences to that of people of color. How could our lives be the same when our history isn’t?

“I am not privileged, I have had a hard life.” 

But their life hasn’t been hard because they’re white it has been hard because they’re human. That is privilege. People of color will face hardships because of their race. They don’t want to believe that their advancements in life aren’t solely based on hard work but rather a systematic advantage. They deny this privilege, because accepting it would mean accepting that it isn’t fair. 

“Why can black people say black power but when white people say it it’s racist” 

Because “white power” has historically been rooted with white supremacy. The white community already has power. “Black power” isn’t about superiority but uplifting a community that has been systematically oppressed. “Black power” “Brown power” etc.. are about equality not superiority. 

People of color constantly have to be politically correct and remind the white community that not ALL are like that. That is privilege, not ALL is a given yet we still have to reassure them that they in particular did nothing wrong. Privilege is having the oppressed explain their oppression while still having to comfort the oppressors ego. 

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