#BlackLivesMatter

Joseph

Black and White Portrait

"The way my melanin protects me from the rays of the Sun, so too does lighter skin from the rays of a broken society. Privilege. When did it become a thing to deny?"

Firstly, I love how many (white and black) have mobilised to shine a bright light on this issue. I pray it doesn't fade.

A thought I wrestled with today was the knowledge that there are still white people that get defensive when they hear "white privilege". Some of these people are in positions of power/influence.

I was frustrated because, after some thought, I wondered "when did privilege all of a sudden develop a negative connotation?"

Our whole lives - and tell me if I'm wrong - "privilege" has been associated with things of high regard, a special "exclusive" position, nobility, pleasure, honour, blessing etc

"It's been my privilege to..."
"What a privilege to..."

In a duel, you're privileged to have an advantage over your opponent (weapons, experience, strategy, defence/offence).

I am privileged to have been born with good health. Not everyone is.

Why would I get defensive if someone with a disability tells me I'm privileged? Yes, I am!

What I do with my privilege is what matters; to facilitate the creation/change of a discriminating environment. To enable those less privileged to experience a good quality of life I naturally experience due to my privilege.

This chaos-perpetuated environment/society/monster that has been created has a soft spot for white people. Ignorance is its food and white people - especially when silent - are its water.

To kill this ironically created monster, it must not be fed. We can all stop supplying ignorance, and white people - being its drink of choice - can stop aiding the digestion process. You are what you eat after all.

The way my melanin protects me from the rays of the Sun, so too does lighter skin from the rays of a broken society. Privilege. When did it become a thing to deny?

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