I have been wanting to speak out on the current social movement for quite some time. It is a sensitive topic and the last thing I want is for the true message to be missed because of one poorly executed statement. I recently found a meme on social media that said, “All lives matter. If you have to put a color in front of it, you’re a racist.” I think that is the best one I’ve seen yet. I do not believe that anyone should abuse their job or skin color to take advantage of others, hurt others or traumatize others. The point so often missed is that it goes both ways. Looking at my ancestry, my ancestors were both the conquerors and the conquered. My Spanish ancestors are responsible for multiple counts of cultural genocide. If I had to apologize for every act they committed, I would never be finished. On the other hand, the natives of Mexico suffered at the hands of the Spanish. The Irish were slaves. I could go on forever. We cannot undo what has been done. I think if we all had the opportunity to undo one thing, it would be something personal. I don’t think the first thing that would pop into our head would pertain to history. Perhaps for some, but I believe those are few and far between.
First, let me tell you a little about myself and why I believe white privilege is not only real, but how it harms the country as a whole. Now I know that most people will say that white privilege is not about the color of my skin but what the color of my skin gets me. But is that not one in the same? So I would like to tell you why "white privilege" doesn't make sense. In order for me to do this I need to go back to my childhood.
I had planned on waiting until I saw all of The Comey Rule on Showtime -- the two parts -- before I reviewed it. But there are too many things I want to say about first part, on last night, to wait until tomorrow.