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This piece stems from two factors: First from the unknown of COVID-19. Secondly, from social injustice going on in the world, especially the United States. Not only are we the worst nation hit by COVID-19 but racial tensions are higher than ever. Possibly even peaking to before the civil rights of the 1960s. White privilege is something most white people don’t even know they have or that it exists. If you’re white you don’t see it. If you’re a person of color, it’s everywhere and inescapable. Have you ever had to explain to your children how to talk to a policeman if they are ever pulled over so that they don’t have to fear for their life? Have you ever had someone lock their doors as soon as you walked out of a mini mart? I’d say that would be a resounding ‘no’! White people have created this elephant in the room, and it is up to us to dismantle it. Yes, I’m white. What took hundreds of years to build will take decades, if not hundreds of years to dismantle. But it is up to us to do it. It doesn’t matter if you feel you have not been part of the problem. Some might say ‘I’m not racist!’, or, ‘My ancestors caused this problem, it’s not my fault’. The point is to acknowledge that white privilege exists because it does. Then next is to hear people. Truly hear them. The next thing is to be part of the solution. Probably more than anything right now is raising awareness of white privilege and social injustice. Get people to wake up to it. Then and only then can we make anything happen. We (as white people) need to shut up and listen. We need to hear people and see them. We are in a critical period in history right now. Not only are we in a once in however many hundred years pandemic but we are in worse social upheaval than ever before. It is long past the time to rewrite history and send it in a new direction. After all, we bleed the exact same color. We are one human race.
The storm is upon us. This storm is raging! It’s up to us to change the course of history. Right here, right now.
June 21st, 2020
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