Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people. Use this blog as a reference tool, not as the one and only view on the topic.
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When a person of color tells you to check your privilege, they mean that you should be ashamed of the privilege you have.
It’s about acknowledging. I purposely use the word “Acknowledge” in many of my posts. So much of what upsets me is about the lack of the acknowledgment. No one here is stupid. We know, just like you know that none of us chose our vantage point. In addition, none of us can change it. The vantage point I am speaking of is race, not finance or education. When a PoC tells you to check your privilege it is not an insult. It means just that. You have likely just said something that shows your privilege in a way that let’s us know you’ve forgotten you have it.
Your privilege is the norm for you so I can see how you can forget about it from time to time. Here’s the problem, what is your reaction to being asked to check it? Did you get upset and talk about how you are poor and don’t have any power? Did you dismiss the comment and act like you didn’t do/say anything wrong? Did you acknowledge that you just said something that showed that you have forgotten that you have a different vantage point?
If you did the last one, you are a good ally. At the very least, we can see you are working on your ally status.
“Checking your privilege” does not and never has meant, be ashamed. It does not and never has meant, bow down. It does not and never has meant, you should feel guilt.
The idea of “White guilt” only seems to come up when racist people are asked to realize that other races exist and in tern, matter.
Checking your white privilege does NOT and never has equated guilt.
Side note: Why would we want you to feel guilty anyway? Either you are going to do right but us or your not. I know plenty of white people who “Feel guilty” but are still doing absolutely nothing to further the betterment of racial equality. They feel guilty but they stay silent when wrongs are being spoken. They feel guilty but they’re real guilt is about the fact that they are racist, NOT the fact that they are white and privileged. You aren’t fooling anyone with that “White guilt” bit.