Why? Because my white privilege prevents this. I didn't choose this but it exists. And it exists right in front of our faces. Most of us are naive to it. I know I was. Prior to have a bi-racial child I honestly thought that blacks need to let it go. I thought you didn't live through slavery get over it. And even in my past ignorance I thought I was not prejudice at all. In fact even though my heart was pure, ignorance was subconsciously inherit. Now that I am awake, enlightened and continually learning the truth about our country it angers me to know how much was right before my very eyes that I was blind to.
Naturally my new enlightenment and birth of my child removed and added people to my life. Some consciously but a lot subconsciously. Its not that I have chosen. I still love everyone. In fact it saddens me that people that I love that I assumed would be active in me and my sons life are not really there anymore. But I am thankful because it allows room for the people that have come into our lives since that show us love. That not only "get it' but understand what he is going to experience. I get it, but I'll never understand. There's a difference.
I could continue for hours in detail on the subject of race. But I wanted to share this video of a lecture on White Privilege by Tim Wise. Another white American that is awake. Anyone of any race that is awake to inequality and injustice to anyone should speak, should try to be part of something to awaken others, to unite, to bring change. This blog and sharing information no matter how uncomfortable my topics may occasionally be is one of my ways to fight back.
Enjoy the video. Its well worth the 57 minutes of your time.
P.E.A.C.E & Much Luv,
For more info about Tim Wise, visit http://www.timwise.org/