Dear white people

It appears that this is what escalated the Salt Lake City Protests this week. (You can also watch him brandish a knife.) Somehow this person gets interviewed by Fox afterwards and starts spinning the story. At the time of writing this post, he has not been detained.

Let’s be clear here, this is not a few people misbehaving, this is a systematic problem. Systems are what set the guardrails on how people operate. But…

The system is not broken. It was built this way.

At the center of this is white privilege. The kind of privilege where you can go about your day and not be able to see that there is a problem.

Back in 2013, we saw a tipping point when Trayvon Martin’s killer went free. Since then, we have seen grass-roots organizations like Black Lives Matter stand up to change things.

Which has paved the path for other groups like Me Too, Occupy, Sunrise…

We can’t have things stay the same. The data is too bleak (from redlining to mass incarcerations). When white people rebuttal and say all lives matter. Yes, they do. That is already implied.

And

This isn’t about you right now. We are talking members of the black community who are in pain and you are ignoring it with this kind of comment. 

The problem with advantage is that after a while, you get used to it. It goes to our heads rather quickly too. Born on third base, thinks they hit a triple.

Instead, sit with that tension when someone who has experienced real pain about living with disadvantages because of the color of their skin.

Sit with it before you try to dismiss that uncomfortable feeling. That is what vulnerability is: Emotional risk.

Vulnerability leads us to empathy. Empathy leads to change.