Even if you have never knowingly done something to hurt another person.
Even if you consider yourself "color blind."
Even if you live in an enclave of peace and harmony.
Even if you don't know any people of another race, so how could you be guilty of offending or hurting?
Even if you have lived a life of groveling in the mud and have worked for every dime you've ever had.
Even if the whole notion of "white privilege" strikes you as ignorant of your pain and suffering to merely survive.
Even then, please listen.
"But, but, but . . ." you protest.
All I'm whispering is, "Listen." What will it cost you?
Think of a time you were hurt—maybe as a vulnerable child—and nobody heard your screams. Or maybe they did hear, but they didn't help or they actually made you hurt more.
Think of a time life was unfair. You did everything right, but still you were rejected, tossed out.
Now think of our history: Europeans landed on an inhabited land where they were welcomed. In response, they committed brutal sustained genocide, stole land, stole children, put Natives in virtual concentration camps—
"But I didn't do that," you protest.
Please, I'm pleading with you. Listen.
These settlers built an economy based on free labor. Human beings were sold by African warlords because they saw white man's money and wanted it. These people were ripped from their families, shackled and packed like sardines, shipped across the ocean, raped, brutalized, tortured, murdered. Even after the slave trade was declared illegal, it continued. White people declared that other humans were not human, purveying it as a spiritual truth, because it justified what they knew in their deepest hearts was immoral. They defended it, and therefore their economy and right to a certain life style, by turning against their own government, flying their own flag, and fighting a war. Which they lost.
But still the abuse continued. By now it was woven into the culture. Our DNA.
"But I've never—"
Hush. I'm begging. Read More