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PSA: I’m white and I might never understand.

I’m going to say something that’s not so pleasant but I feel like I need to just get it out there. I’m white (as if you hadn’t noticed :P), and when it comes to inequality? I don’t get it like I should. Whatever the subject, however hard I’ve looked into it and tried to educate myself? I still don’t get it like I should. Like anyone who’s got eyes and ears I know it’s there, I know it’s bad and there’s a lot I do get but the real truth is that my white privilege makes it *really hard* to completely understand where very oppressed people are coming from. And even though I face some oppression for my own mixed-race background (specifically the obvious, obvious Jew-ness that’s just *all over* my face) I still don’t get what you’re going through.
 
But I want to. I want to not say stupid things or make anyone uncomfortable in my presence. So if I say something stupid or accidentally bigoted (and I assure you it will be an accident) you’re within your rights to tell me I’m being an idiot. Because I don’t mean to be. It’s MY job to learn and understand but I won’t always get it right so never, ever be afraid to tell me if I’m being accidentally homophobic, sexist, racist, ableist or any other stupid ‘ist’ a person can be. Once again, even with trying to educate myself, my privilege makes it hard to ever fully understand and sometimes I need help so this is me asking for it.
 
I’m not ashamed to be white, and I don’t suffer from white guilt (sorry) but I’m a practical person, more or less. Our realities are not the same, our experiences are different. I do know a shitty situation when I see it and I do realize that it’s skewed in a way that benefits me and people who look like me. And that’s not right, however you slice it.

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3 Comments

  1. Nobody should tell you you’re an idiot for being ignorant. That would make every young child an idiot because they don’t know many things life yet. Ignorance is not a bad thing, it only becomes bad thing when it’s used as an excuse to stay ignorant and purposely offend others, but that doesn’t seem to be your case. ;) Don’t worry.

    Also, I haven’t been around in a while, but haven’t forgotten about you, Faye. I’m trying to be back to personal blogging, after I went through some staff over the last year.

    How have you been?

    ~ Luana / Luana.me

    • Faye Faye

      I’m doing good! I was wondering where you ran off to, how are you?

      • Glad to hear! :D I’ve been on and off with depression, so eventually I just focused on freelance blogging for my clients and stopped with many other things. I didn’t feel very sociable for a long time, too, due to an instance of bullying. I’m okay now, just sprained my knee badly in February and waiting for a surgery (May 30). Should be okay, though; quick thing. ^_^

        ~ Luana / Luana.me

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