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AGGIE PRIDE. Yes ma'am. Thanks for expressing this so eloquently and fully. I'm encouraged that young people are standing out. Please keep doing what you do.
You go Megan!!! Flawlessly written.
Oh how I love thee...this is beautifully written and addresses all things relevant to our past, present and future struggle. You are the change [ want to see in the world thank you for this!!
My letter will follow yours to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
I got your back Meg. Whatever I can do!
LOL you forgot to mention my alma mater, Livingstone College, the CIAA champs for the past TWO years... I'm sure it was a mistake ;~)
The US hasn't had "gold-based money" for domestic purposes since FDR ordered all gold currency held by US citizens recalled in 1933. Foreigners could convert dollars into gold until 1971.
Why didn't the author of this column do any fact-checking or research?
What I'm seeing is that many of us white folks are taking this as a personal affront. Just because our generation of white Americans did "not do anything to you" as black folks does not address the fact that we still carry the embedded racism handed down through our ancestors. That will take generations to undo....especially if you cannot open your eyes to history and teach your children not to judge a human by the color of skin they were born with. Be part of the solution.
What is sad is these racist black americans actually buying into this nonsense.
I would normally type up a page of my 2 cents in response to those that either missed the point felt some type of...guilt, or those who just wanna continue living a hate-filled lie, but I won't waste such time and energy. I will say in response to CLT MOM, however, the fact that you are to the left side of the CoverGirl concealer pallet...that fact alone grants you white privilege. Whether your parents suffered through discrimination and hate or not the issue. The difference between you and me (I'm black) is...once you've been here a while you'll lose your accent, but keep your white skin. Your white skin, for the most part, grants you and your children (unless of course, the father of your children is a black man) protection from police brutality.That's the fucked up reality. Not perception, not "woe is me" bullshit. Reality.
To the author...I am thankful for you ma'am!
I am aware that the majority of people today were not alive during slavery, Reconstruction, lynch mob rule, voter disenfranchisement, etc., event up until the 1980s. But no one can dispute the privileges they've inherited.
Writer Junot Diaz said it best: "The funny thing about our privilege is that we all have a blind spot around our privilege, shaped exactly like us. Most of us will identify privileges that we know we could live without. So when it comes time to talk about our privileges, we’ll throw shit down like it’s an ace. And that shit is a three! I understand that. You grow up and you live a life where you feel like you haven’t had shit, the last thing you want to give up is the one thing, the couple of things that you’ve really held on to."
But we're never going to get fucking anywhere until you do.
If you leave comment and it's not in relation to the post and you say white privilege is a myth and blacks today did not live through slavery then clearly this went straight over your head and you don't get it. In addition to that it's easy for you to make your assumptions, but you haven't the slightest idea how it feels to live in this skin or walk in these shoes. Peace
No one owes you anything. That is the problem. This generation was not alive during slavery, wars, or any of the gross mistreatment of ANY race, not just blacks. The black race seems to think they have a monopoly on oppression and suffering. That everyone owes them something from all those years of suffering. What about the Japanese being put in internment camps during WW2? The Holocaust for the Jews? The Native Americans treatment during the westward expansion of the US? Just to name a few groups here. Only the black man cries injustice so loud, so long and expects a handout. Everyone in this country now has the same opportunity as everyone else. The only difference is what you are born into and what you do with yourself. This attitude of of the world owes you, has mistreated you, that you are less than another human being has got to stop. Open your eyes and see color does not matter. It is your attitude, character, heart, what you believe. These things determine what kind of person you are and if you will succeed. Oh, for the record, i have friends of all colors, races and nationalities. I really don't notice or care though. It's not important to me. I love them all.
White privilege is a myth. This author is a racist
My great grandparents arrived at Ellis Island between 1912 and 1922, fleeing war and poverty. They all settled in a small immigrant mill town in upstate New York. I grew up hearing racist jabs not about the black community, but about how my Polish dad married my Italian mom. (They each agreed on only one thing: that the other side could not cook.) So it's frustrating to read an article that appears to suggest I am inherently racist or should be contrite on behalf of complete and utter strangers who only generally share my complexion. The history of slavery and racial oppression, coupled with recent headlines in the United States today is appalling. But please don't lump everyone to the left side of the Cover Girl concealer pallet together. The true privilege I enjoy is being your fellow American and Charlottean. Our differences are a strength, not a weakness.
I think i love you. This is artwork. This will make many white people roll their eyes.
Very well written piece. Really gets someone thinking.
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