This is long but I have to share. Everyday I work with an 8 year old African American boy. Today he opened my eyes in a whole new way, even though it broke my heart.
I forgot what was said, but it was something along the lines of,”….there’s only one color…” and apparently that’s the only part he heard because the next thing he said was,
“Hey, that’s racist.”
The first thought that came to mind was, oh god, who taught him to take every little thing as a racist comment. I said,
“What! No it’s not, we are talking about colors.”
A couple seconds went by and nothing was said. Then I had a light bulb moment, as I realized where he got confused.
So I said,
“Wait, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word color?”
“Skin color. your color, my color.”
I obviously took time to explain to him why we had a misunderstanding. I didn’t know how to tell him he was wrong, because he isn’t. That’s how he sees the world. He hears and thinks about his skin color more than actual colors. And he’s 8. In that moment I felt so much empathy for this kid I’ve grown to love.
When he hears the word ‘color’, he thinks of being black.
White privilege is hearing the word ‘color’ and thinking about the rainbow.
I’m not going to share her social media sites but this is important.
So many black children and just children of color in general think about these things. And like her it broke my heart just reading the status.
I wish more white people would take a step back and realize that these are the things we face from a very early age.
We need to teach our children to accept the differences among us. It’s very unhealthy to shield a white child from this reality. It is a myth that color does not matter and white children should not be shielded from this reality.(via aravenhairedmaiden)
Because I live in a world where my skin color dictates whether I deserve to live or not.
Have you considered maybe getting a job,becoming a productive member of society,a informed voter,raising a family and enjoying a rewarding long life of happiness instead of wallowing in self inflicted victim hood and blaming all your problems on “The man” like a cranky teenager for the rest of your days?
But hey if you don’t want to do that you could go to the zoo, I hear babies get in for free.
I’m actually a college student at a well known university. Why would I take the time to come see your dumb ass at the Zoo? It’s funny how white people think we’re just “complaining.” People are actually being murdered by police, and everything I talk about on this blog is true. Educate yourself.