Michelle,

You have a really powerful voice and I enjoyed reading you, even though I disagree with your article.

You said that in court rooms across the country, white defendants are seen as human while black defendants are not seen as human. You cite this as the sole example of white privilege. I’m wondering where you first heard the phrase white privilege and what your interactions have been with it since? White privilege is based on a theory that Peggy McIntosh wrote about many years ago. Like you said, it’s a set of unearned advantages that white people have, and those advantages are the result of racism, But many of them are more subtle than explicit. Raising your children to be pro Black doesn’t negate the fact that any bookstore they will walk into in America will have 10 times more books written by people who don’t look like them than people who do. It doesn’t change that the image most people use of Jesus in this country is white. It doesn’t change that nude stockings and Band-Aids match white skin. It doesn’t change the fact that while black-owned businesses exist, they are under capitalized and less likely to get a bank loan than their white counterparts, regardless of gender. White privilege is not something you can click your heels three times and get rid of or imagine us past. It’s something that is all around us. It would be like saying, “I know we live on top of a toxic dump and that lots of kids have gotten sick, but I’m not going to tell my kid about that because so long as they don’t believe the neighborhood is toxic, they won’t get sick!”

Denying the existence of white privilege will not protect you from it. As Audre Lorde said, our silences will not protect us.

A

World Changer. Social Thinker. Business Owner. #WEOC