Updated: Jun 9
I do not understand why in this "evolved" era people can be so cruel and #prejudice
We are beautiful because we are different and unique
White privilege exists whether people have the guts to accept it or not! Denial does not make a truth untrue!
As a student sociologist we are studying how life chances and power are definitely not equally distributed. Society is heaving with inequalities rooted in the fear and prejudice with deep dark roots in our history.
We study history in the Hope's of learning from it, yet in an age where our freedom and human rights are suppose to be valued we are some how going backwards as a race!
I grew up in an age where minority communities were starting to make changes with lasting affects, ethnic minorities, feminists, LGBT etc
The group of high school friends I had was extremely diverse, I did not think twice about that diversity, to me it was normal, these were my friends, it never occurred to me to think of them as anything but the individuals they are... Their various upbringing and cultures to me were diverse, my curiosity about thier lives were no different to my curiosity about any person I have met. The more different a persons culture is to my own the more I want to learn about it, just as I engage in each persons perspective.
As a result I struggle to understand why any one could be prejudice about our differences!
We are all different!
Having a prejudice against someone because of thier skin colour is ridiculous this is 2020
That kind of hatred and judgement is diabolical
We are suppose to be an educated species, enlightened by historic mistakes!
White supremacy and white privilege comes from western cultures history of conquering and bending all natives of each land conquered to their own will. It is tyranny and dictatorship!
We were supposed to have learnt by now that these actions leads to tragedy and genocide of horrors like
ww2 or slavery and oppression!
History of western culture makes me cringe and sickens me to the core. Worst still as a society people still act like "western culture" is superior.
Bloody delusions of grandeur!
The world has become materialistic and power hungry.
We live in a world were people have forgotten the lessons of the past and are turning a blind eye to what is wrong out of fear or greed!
We live in a world where racists, prejudice, power hungry, misogynist RULE countries that are suppose to be a democracy of the people, sad thing is the people voted for them!
A world of enablers, desensitized to the truth of abusive people!
Racism is abuse!
This needs to stop
As an abuse survivor, mum and wife to abuse survivors, a struggling "lower class" citizen and a part of the lgbt community I empathize with inequality and find myself drawn to creating activist imagery to fight those inequalities and normalize diversity!
"Normalize diversity" I feel appalled with the world we live in that this is still necessary!
However when ever I can I will use Photography to Give a voice to the voiceless!
But I will never ever claim to know or truly understand thier adversity!
As someone on social media said...
“I understand that I will never understand, however, I stand with you” ✊🏼✊🏾❤️✊🏻✊🏿 #standtogether
My promise is not to be silent, to stand up and call out those "jokes" or comments, intentional racism, racist slur, posts, shares and memes that allow this SOCIAL INJUSTICE to be continually swept under the proverbial carpet.
To educate my children and aid them in growing up to have a more understanding of these social injustices and inequalities, to teach them about white privilege and to take it into consideration regardless of how uncomfortable it makes us feel!
Racism is a social issue
As does white privilege
Raising awareness about #blacklivesmatter is not about denying individual experiences its about tackling a proven large scale social injustice created by white western culture and its "colonising" gruesome history.
It is still prevalent in every white western culture
This is proven and evident by the fact that "white" is the unnamed race, "white" history is mandatory in schools while "black" history is optional, statistics show a higher Black to white figures in prisons, statistically there are more white people in the higher percentage of income and in government positions in Western society.
It is a proven sociological fact that a person's life chances are decreased drastically if they are from an ethnic minority!
Racism is a social injustice, it is a social issue and it is a problem that has to be addressed society wide!
This is a Global issue and should be everyones problem instead of dampening and silencing this massive global issues with cop out retorts like "all lives matter" "A black cop killed a white person and no one protested" "nobody protested about this or that murder" "I don't see colour" and "I'm not racist"
The truth about Racism bloody well should make you uncomfortable, quit pretending it is not a problem and do something to change it!
Educate yourself about white privilege, if you are white you have white privilege! ACCEPT IT, IF I CAN YOU CAN!
I will leave this to someone who can say it better than I ever could...
By Charity Croft on Facebook "White Privilege explained in five minutes"
As I have been continually educating myself on the #blacklivesmatter movement I've been adding to this post.
As a white person it is important to acknowledge that I know sweet nothing about these personal experiences and that I do not want to take away from the voices of Black People.
This post was brought to my attention....
Its important to understand and I will not step on Catrice's toes trying to explain,
Here is a link to this thread, sift through the conversations and video links and educate yourself before you allow that "uncomfortable" sensation you are feeling guide your response.
Here are two of her books which you can purchase on Amazon, also added to my own read list!
I've also added another book recently recommended to me to my reading list...
As for this "all lives matter" thing thats happening
Explain to me why it is so difficult to understand that yes all lives matter, but black lives are being excluded from "all" 🤷♀️🤷♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️
So have some more Facebook links that clearly spell this out!
Also taka a look at:
"The Anti-Racist Starter Pack: 40 TV Series, Documentaries, Movies, TED Talks, and Books to Add to Your List"
Finally, if you have children, talk to them about Racism and explain about White privilege, admit to yourself and them that you have white privilege, regardless of your situation.
If like myself you are fumbling with how to tackle the conversation and feel completely out of your depth, obviously don't have the experience nor the academic education to assist in trying to teach your children these topics then there are resources that can help.
I sat down with my 8 year old daughter over two days and watched these three disney films which enabled us to engage in discussions about racism and white privilege, I even learnt allot! I would highly recommend them.