Thank you, brianna.
The premise for this piece came to mind after having a first lunch with a couple (white) who invited me to their home for coffee and pastries to get to know one another better. Conversation got going, they’re decent people, wonderful people even, and they’re more socially aware and active than I expected (blame that on my own preconceived misconceptions). The topic moved to race relations, etc., and they’re obviously not racist. I know this because I’ve observed them and chatted with them briefly over the years. But they confessed to me that they didn’t quite get the concept of privilege. I addressed it briefly, but afterwards I felt the need to write something down.
The experience gave me another insight about this whole race thing: just because someone doesn’t understand one aspect of the whole race in America discussion, that doesn’t make them racist. Ya know? It’s not a “pass,” just a reality.
Just a thought on what prompted this post.