As a white person in today’s society I understand my privilege. I have never been afraid of what would happen to me if I was pulled over. My parents never had a conversation with me about what to say or do if I get into any kind of encounter with the police. I’ve never been minding my own business and get called a racial slur from a stranger. I’ve always felt safe in my own home. I can have a cellphone, sell CD’s, play loud music, read a book in my car, go for a walk with my grandfather, go for a run, walk home with skittles, shop at Walmart, fucking breathe. I can fucking live and it’s because I’m white.
It has always been apparent that my parents grew up in a different world to me. They both came from Hong Kong and emigrated to Australia over forty years ago: a whole different culture and time than the world in which I grew up. We don't often agree a lot on politics, particularly on social issues. My mum just can't wrap her head around homosexuality; she let out a small scream when she first saw a gay kiss on Glee that was playing on the TV. She often says things about other ethnic groups I have to call her out on as insensitive or not constructive.
If you're living in the United States, chances are you're not completely unaware of the turmoil that's setting off like a firework into a powder keg right about now. Perhaps watching all this has destroyed an integral part of you that so greedily clung to a fallacy of security in your surroundings.
Racial profiling and police brutality has been a widespread issue for a long time. It's been talked about forever this is why I'm curious why it's just now getting the attention that it's supposed to have received decades ago. On the one hand I'm happy that it's finally being addressed but then I have my doubts. I have a feeling that some "protesters" are truly "protesting" for genuine reasons. That's what worries me about the protests. Will there be actual change? Or will this be just a moment to remember that had little significance in the way the government handles its affairs like Tienanmen Square.
To see the destruction of racism is to see collectivism in its most vicious form dissolved. In the United States, the land of sweet freedom, the desire for the taste of liberty has soured on the black race the most. The ugliness of slavery created a kettle for the flames of injustice to continue to burn. That kettle was overturned during the Civil War but the blaze continues through the years.
In 600 words, I want to do my bit for the #blacklivesmatter movement. If you are at a protest with a sign saying how you’re entitled to a haircut and how you want to buy the most expensive dress in the store, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Have a think, is your haircut worth more than somebody’s life? Sometimes I find it hard to believe these protesters anout Covid. Sometimes I believe they were hired actors to try and drown out the real problems. There are three big pandemics that I know are three big pandemics happening right now; Covid19, Climate Change and Ignorance. Ignorance comes in all colours and will be the greatest destroyer of them all. Because not enough has been done on climate change and Covid, it’s already too late. Businesses gone bust. Poverty is everywhere and figures of authority are using this to abuse their power in ways more obvious than before. These monsters had no shame kneeling on somebody’s neck taking pleasure in their suffering. They give tear gas out like cotton candy whilst insisting that they are all doing the mighty work of God. Ignorance is the reason why so many are dying right now. And it’s not just the virus, it’s hatred.
Every time a black man gets shot by a police officer, whether it was warranted or not, civil unrest breaks out in whatever town the shooting occurred. It all began with Trayvon Martin in Ferguson, and continued with the unlawful deaths of Freddie Gray, Jamal Clark, and Michael Brown by police brutality and has most recently sparked nationwide protests for George Floyd, whose neck was broken by a police officer while not resisting arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota a little over a week ago.
Growing up, I lived in a city where there weren’t a lot of black people; I think there were three black kids in my school. According to recent data, the city is 52% Hispanic or Latino, 42% Caucasian, and only 2% African American. My parents were both raised in racist households; my dad used to tell us stories about his grandmother driving him by lynching sights. He used to tell racist jokes and make fun of relatives who married black people. He used to do this with all races, gay people, people with disabilities, anyone who was different. Growing up, I made jokes because I learned it from my parents. I quickly learned as an adult that once you are confronted with your privilege you have two choices; be my mom or be my dad. My mom is a Trump supporter who believes in building the wall. My dad is the only family member who has brought up the protests that are happening to me, and has shown his support for these people who are fighting for their rights. My mom sees beggars and thieves. My dad sees people in need of compassion. My mom responds in anger. My dad wants to create art in solidarity. My dad grew, my dad learned, my dad listened. So did I.
I mean this with every fibre of my being. Fuck you.
You've probably heard the term "white privilege" thrown around a lot these days. I wanted to write this to clear up any confusion or misconceptions you may have regarding the term.
No need for an introduction. You all know why I am writing this right now. I apologise if this article seems a bit of a mess. My brain is overwhelmed and it is hard to gather my thoughts when there are so many different things to be mad about. I am devastated, and I hope sharing this with you will help add some perspective. The most important thing is that we keep talking, writing and posting. We need to end the silence, and never let it come back. Before you continue reading, please understand that these are my own thoughts, and my intentions are not to offend anyone (except if you are racist). I understand that I will never understand. But I am on your side, and I always will be.