When the term “white privilege” first was being tossed around, I found it offensive. What do you mean I’m privileged? I was barely making ends meet. I didn’t understand why I was lumped into this group.
Though it’s a little late in the day, I’m awake now. I now understand that it’s a reality. And I’m embarrassed. I’m embarrassed because I took it for granted that everyone has the same experience in life as me (in the most general sense of that statement). I really didn’t get it but I have a much better understanding now.
I accept that there is white privilege. I acknowledge that I have benefited because of white privilege.
The other day I was riding in the car of a friend of mine who is a POC. We were driving through Philadelphia. A police car pulled into the lane we were in, directly behind us. My friend made the off-hand remark “please don’t mess with me today.” I asked who he was referring to and he said the police officer who was now driving behind us. I joked “well he won’t because you have 2 white people in the car with you.” My friend chuckled, but it was sad and angering that it was even an issue. He took it as par for the course.
The events in Charlottesville were occurring while we were in Philadelphia at a sporting event. I was not home watching the news. The only information I had was what was showing up on Facebook and Twitter on my phone. It wasn’t until the next day that I really saw the news footage. It’s taken me a few days to fully grasp what all went down in Virginia. I think part of that was because I couldn’t fathom this much hate.
All of the social media discussion, news reports, the VICE footage, and the comments from POTUS have been overwhelming and horrific. This event has brought to light the blatant racism and bigotry of the administration in the White House. It has shown that people are willing to make excuses for the NAZIS/KKK/white nationalists/white supremacists but will vilify those protesting the hate.
I am stating here and now I cannot and will not keep someone in my life if they align themselves with NAZIS. I cannot and will not defend hate. There were not “very fine people” among the NAZIS who were protesting in Virginia. They are vile people who want to annihilate anyone not like themselves. There was a World War to combat this type of hate. I will not allow history to repeat itself.
Trump has straight out supported NAZIS, KKK and White Nationalists (supremacists) on National television and on social media. This is not acceptable nor should it be tolerated. The Joint Chiefs have come out condemning the KKK, NAZIS, White Nationalists, Skinheads and White Supremacists. They did what our President won’t. Thank God we have a military who knows right from wrong. Our President feels the NAZIS have been treated “absolutely unfairly” by the press. And the press are “very bad people” for condemning the hate groups. Trump is a racist and he and his cronies will come after every one of us given enough time.
I understand that there are a number of people I have been friends with and even some of my relatives who support Trump 100%. I do not understand how you can support a hateful racist who will destroy everything we hold dear in our lives. I cannot stand beside you or defend you anymore. There is not defense for hate.
LOVE must ALWAYS beat hate!