After the dear snowflake Kyle Kashuv cried (thoughts and prayers) that Harvard rescinded his invitation because they have found out that he was a racist twat and after The Turtle McConnell said reparations were not due because America had elected Barack Obama (the nerve!) I remembered a very awkward dinner party where the host and the hostess told me I was lucky to live in a society that would elect Cheeto, even though he was a racist orange blob because I was not going to be thrown off rooftops, like gay people in other countries (other countries with people of color, mind you). Needless to say, I have not talked to those two ever since. I don't do polite racism well.
All of these examples come from a place of privilege. All of these people are very white and very privileged and one of the things they have in common (apart from their racism) is that they all are born in privilege. And they refuse to admit it.
White privilege is the societal privilege that benefits people whom society identifies as white in some countries, beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances. Academic perspectives such as critical race theory and whiteness studies use the concept to analyze how racism and racialized societies affect the lives of white or white-skinned people.
That's how dear Wikipedia defines white privilege and I tend to agree. Now, Juneteenth (a combination of June and nineteenth, duh) jumped at me from my trusty calendar. Oh, I said, it's a holiday. But it is not. It's just a tidbit that Siri throws at you as an afterthought. But why do we have it there? Well, because it's the day that marks the end of 250 years of chattel slavery in the United States. Simple, huh? Even Barack Obama twitted about it.
On Juneteenth, we celebrate our capacity to make real the promise of our founding, that thing inside each of us that says America is not yet finished, that compels all of us to fight for justice and equality until this country we love more closely aligns with our highest ideals. pic.twitter.com/2XAKRuRrbG— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 19, 2019
Today we celebrate #Juneteenth, the day we celebrate the emancipation from slavery in the United States.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 19, 2019
And on this day, Congress held a hearing on reparations. A massive crowd showed up for it.
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ opening statement is a stirring must-watch. ⬇️ https://t.co/hHfu2ciUXc