Passing the Baton

I’ve had an epiphany.

I realize that I have spent an inordinate amount of my life – time I can’t get back – trying to convince white people that white privilege really does exist.  And trying to convince them of how they benefit from it.  And trying to convince them that it is part and parcel of the regime that oppresses black and brown folks in this country and further marginalizes us.

But, after reading this and especially this in the past two days, I’m done.  I’m now focused on dismantling it and operating effectively in spite of it.  This is going to cause some people a lot of confusion and I’m sure I’ll be accused of being insensitive at best, and perhaps militant, at worse.  I’m neither.  I’m simply resolved to call a spade a spade and move forward.

So, this is a virtual passing of the baton to others.  Specifically to white allies.  As these two authors have so powerfully pointed out, you need to come for your own.