this short video is a translation of a manifesto i wrote about realising and talking about my privilege. a white privilege.
what if i actually looked at myself? what if i actually got involved?what if i think i am aware of my privilege and do nothing at all?
this is to people like me:
the societies we live in are far away from achieving the dream of becoming a colorblind society, because up until this day colorblindness as an ideology is almost a willful neglect. it is closing our eyes to reality – because racial inequality still exists in our day to day life and racial bias still affects the way we view others.
could i lay down these privileges? could i lay down these white privileges?
no! they are structural advantages built into the very base of our society and system. often, without even us knowing about it. blind. oblivious. we rarely even think about these matters. they are like the air we breathe. we do not really even know we have them unless they are not available.
guilt. shame. many of us are too scared to acknowledge these benefits. we don't want to admit that they exist.
let's break down this wall! a white wall! how? by turning around and asking ourselves: what is it like to be white?!but mainly let's ask the tough and honest questions about how the history of racism continues to shape the present – all of our present.