…nd it interesting how many white people become ultra-defensive when you talk about their privilege. Sometimes, before I even have a chance to explain further how this privilege manifests itself in their daily lives, they start shaking their heads in almost manic disapproval.
Rebecca Stevens A.
Does it occur to you that explaining to somebody what is and is not manifesting in their lives is never going to go well? Wouldn’t you feel irritated if somebody, of any colour, tried to explain what your experience of life was?
Your sense of what it must be like to be white seems entirely centred around the idea that everything is perfect and easy in the lives of white people because of white privilege. They’re never treated with suspicion, never pulled over by police, they never experience mistreatment or rejection.
Making these one-dimensional assumptions about people because of their skin colour is what keeps racism alive. It’s what racism is. Life isn’t easy for anybody, regardless of their colour. If you insist on trying to “explain” to white people that it is, I’m not surprised your getting pushback. In fact, I’m glad you are! Maybe you’ll listen one day.