Yesterday, this was brought to my attention, and I wanted to bring it to the blog because of the impact it has had in social media. https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/7-things-i-can-do-that-my-black-son-cant-99408985077.html
All over the net, many Black people commented on the piece, but I’d like to post a comment that was made from one of the moderators on Blackvisions.org.
Her name is “Side-eye” Sek. The piece was posted on the site, and the following is how Sek responded to one of the commentators who didn’t seem to understand White Privilege:
“Whites have the “privilege”, when they’ve committed a crime (regardless of how heinous), of being arrested, placed in handcuffs, and taken down to the station….without being tased, beaten, or shot to death….while black men in just about every major city in this country, ARE tased, beaten, or shot to death for the most MINOR infractions. White men have raped, murdered, slaughtered entire families, raped and murdered children and babies….and were routinely arrested, arraigned, stood trial, and were sentenced to whatever time dictated under the law. Black folks….CITIZENS of this country who FOUGHT for the RIGHT to have a “better” life….were attacked by home grown WHITE terrorists who terrorized, raped, lynched, gunned down Black folks for merely attempting to register to vote, had dogs sicc’d on them, knocked down by the blast of fire hoses, bombed their churches and killed CHILDREN….had so much “privilege”, they were allowed by juries of their peers to walk away unscathed. Eric Garner did not have the “privilege” of getting a “warning” for selling loose cigarettes…he was killed because of it. Mike Brown didn’t warrant a simple take down and arrest for stealing a box of cigars (last time I checked, death was not the penalty for stealing cigars), he was choked to death (an ILLEGAL CHOKE HOLD) for his crime. The citizens of Ferguson did not have the “privilege” of the right to protest without being shot at and abused. The Black man who was shot four times (and survived) was not afforded the “privilege” of, upon the request of the officer who shot him, to merely reach into his car and get his drivers’ license. A white man would not have been gunned down under the assumption that he was reaching for a gun. A Black woman who is a professor (educated and probably lives very well) was not afforded the privilege of a “warning” for “jaywalking”, she was roughed up and thrown to the ground, humiliated because her dress was up for all the world to see her ass. The homeless woman who was pummeled by the fist of a cop didn’t have the “privilege” of being calmed down and if she didn’t, put in the cop car, taken down to the station, and attempts be made to locate her family. A white woman would not have been treated the same way, TRUST. A man who did nothing but sit and wait for for school to let out so he could pick up his children was tased by cops, because supposedly he was not “allowed” to sit in the area he was in, which turned out to not be true. Do you think the same would have happened to a white man waiting for his children? Of course not. Black man has a car accident, is badly injured, seeks help and is gunned down by cops….who were supposed to HELP him, not KILL him, and to add to the indignity, he was handcuffed even though he was dead. That would never have happened to a white man. Old man reaching into his car to get a pack of smokes he bought for his elderly mother, shot by cops. He had no idea why they shot him.
Trayvon didn’t have the “privilege” of walking going home safe after buying some skittles and iced tea to watch a basketball game. A young white man wouldn’t have even been stopped.
Jordan Davis didn’t have the “privilege” of playing his music loud in his ride. He was shot to death by a cracka because of it. A young white man playing loud rock or country music would have gotten to his destination, unscathed. Renisha McBride did not have the “privilege” of having had too much to drink and knocking on a door seeking help. She was shot in the head by a white man who feigned fear, but it later came out that he wasn’t scared, that’s what landed his ass in prison. A white woman in the same situation would not only NOT have been shot, BUT would probably either have been invited into the man’s home, OR he would have called 911 and/or EMS and sat with her on his porch and held her there until they arrived.
The two individuals who shopped at Barneys did not have the “privilege” of shopping in peace, they were accused of stealing and law enforcement was called on them. This would not have happened to two white folks who were shopping and spending their money.
You talk about Black folks focusing on making their lives “better”. Don’t know if you got the memo, but man of us have “good lives”, we work, we raise children, we have a decent place to live, some have spouses or significant others, some have degrees, we live, laugh and love like everyone else. You are placing the burden of the bullshit that is done to our folks on our backs and that is not only unfair, it is foul. What next Level, the old speech about how if only Black men would pull up their pants, things would get “better” for them? Black folks have been “focused” on making their lives “better” since the end of slavery. Hung from the end of ropes for it. Homes, businesses and churches burned down for it. Walked miles and miles to work if there was no room in the carpools for them. Put theirs and their children’s lives on the line for it. All for the most simple, basic rights that SHOULD HAVE BEEN AFFORDED from jump, in lieu of so many having to pay with their lives for it. And you have the NERVE to sit and talk about us just going on and “bettering” our lives and to hell with what whites are doing? Well Level, whites are exercising their “white privilege” to put on uniforms and KILL US, in the name of the law. I just read that in Atlanta, 40,000 voter registrations that have gone missing from the public database. Do you think that was an “accident”, Level? Or do you think it was done on purpose so that these folks’ (majority Black I’m sure) vote won’t count? Are you aware of the bullshit going on with the Voter Right’s Act? The bullshit tactics being used to try to prevent Black folks from exercising their right to vote?
So, Black folks are just supposed to “live their lives and make them “better” (When many of our lives are “better”) and dismiss what is going on and being done to Black folks….by white folks? Ignore the rampant and blatant violation of basic human and civil rights that occur every day in this country?
As for the WHITE IDIOT who is the subject of the original post, I have no tears for him….a man who laid with and pumped up a black woman with not one, but two of his seeds….and wished his son would stay “White” while the boy turns browner before his eyes?
You annoy me with your “Peter Pan-esque, “Pollyana-ish mannerisms.
“White Privilege” is dangerous and sometimes DEADLY to Black folks.
We should ALL be afforded the “privilege” of HUMAN PRIVILEGE, Level. As “better” as many of our lives are, they are also STRESSFUL because of all the “EXTRA” we have to deal with. We have to worry and stress about shit that WHITES don’t, like their sons and daughters being slaughtered by the very folks who are supposed to serve and protect them. And when THEIR kids act a damn fool or engage in foolishness and fuckery, they are afforded the “privilege” of getting a phone call from law enforcement regarding their kid, and picking them from the police station, in lieu of having to identify their bodies in a morgue or WORSE….having their dead bodies lie in the hot sun for four hours. It is sad that WE don’t have that “privilege”, regardless of how “better” our lives are.
Wake up man, seriously.”
She summed it up perfectly and as I told her, I would post it on the blog.
All I can say is BRAVO!!!