None of our presidential candidates truly understand race, not even Bernie.
White privilege put simply: after a life time of beneficence, you suddenly realize that racism still exists in 2016 – surprise!Here’s a good start: give your money to women, especially women of color.Some of the biggest opponents to this movement are, unsurprisingly, white people, so you know it’s a good one.As a parent, not being able to protect your child from abuse gnaws at your very existence. HOW CAN WE NOT COME TOGETHER TO VALUE THE LIVES, EDUCATION, AND HEALTH OF BLACK CHILDREN?And children in Detroit might not even be in school on Monday because their schools lack the basic resources necessary to function. Still, I would be remiss to speak out against these issues without pointing to the countless voices of people of color that have always stood up in defiance to America’s treachery.Starkly contrasting this freedom to publicly struggle with anxiety are countless studies (and, well, you really don’t need to read studies because you could just ) that have described the agony of dealing with mental illness/disabilities as black Americans, including college students.The ravages and stigmas of mental health are not restricted only to black Americans, but it serves to contextualize the way in which marginalized people suffer in every facet of society.We have to be careful to channel our thoughts in a productive way, even if, for example, we become suddenly aware of an atrocity like the Flint water crisis.Our privilege allows us to be ignorant of the pattern of social and environmental degradation that afflicts impoverished, marginalized communities all across the country. Still, because of oppression and political erasure, we often don’t bear witness to these intersectional abuses.To disrupt that process of suppressive erasure, two of the most important services a white male American can offer to our national discourse are to listen to historically marginalized identities and to amplify their voices, writings, and endeavors (journalists/writers/thinkers constantly steal the work of people of color without credit, reference, or permission).Still unsure how to begin to oppose injustices in our capitalist society?