“Make a choice. Speak up. Unsubscribe.”

Jarrett Hill wrote an OpEd piece called “White People, It’s Time to Use Your Privilege, Whether You Believe You Have It or Not,” for NBCBLK September 24, 2017.

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Writer, Reporter – Jarrett Hill

It began:

“A message for white people:

“I know how jarring it may be to hear a non-white person, or maybe anyone, even say the words “white people,” as it can take on a pejorative connotation. That’s fine. This isn’t always comfortable to have to say, but that doesn’t make it any less true, necessary, or timely.”

The challenge is for white people (myself included) to stand UP, (and kneel DOWN), speak UP and stop being complicit in the systematic and so-deeply-ingrained-whites-don’t-even-see-it-anymore prejudice and hate against People of Color.

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“Sorry, but not sorry, you’re going to have to take a side. And yes, you have to do it now.”

The United States has always had a divide between races. But now, with the dotard “president,” it has become a chasm, one that grows more visible and wider with each new tweet. White people just cannot keep their… OUR… mouths shut anymore. We have kept silent and turned our backs for far too many decades.

Stand alone if need be

Blacks are being killed by the police nearly every day. Latinx are being confiscated from their homes, from schools, their places of employment and even in hospitals and churches. Muslims are accused of violence simply because of their religion… one many of us do not understand (myself included), but the harassment and death threats are just not what the United States was founded to represent. All of this in order to fulfill the dotard’s horrific ideas… and plans… to rid the country of anyone not white.

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“It’s very likely, and understandable if you feel this is unfair, this is inconvenient, it’s frustrating, it’s difficult, it’s embarrassing, it’s going to alienate you from people you know, love, work with, watch the game with.”

Too fucking bad. SPEAK UP! Speak for those who get killed when they open their mouths, receive death threats when they kneel at a football game (exercising their First Amendment exquisitely). We whites cannot leave Black & Brown people hanging out there alone anymore.

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I read an article yesterday (that I cannot find again for anything) where a Black Medical Resident was leaving work after a more-than-30-hour shift in the Emergency Room and a white man in a car started screaming the N-word at him, over and over again. He added some other racist epithets, but mostly it was the N-word. He said the white man was laughing so hard at his hilarity the doctor thought he would have to give him aid when he finally collapsed in hysteria.

While that part is gross enough, the part that was the most offensive to him (and me) is the whites in the parking lot who said NOTHING.

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NOTHING.

He said they skittered away, trying not to get involved.

What the holy fuck, white people!

SAY SOMETHING! SCREAM BACK! 

Yeah, I know… they might have a gun. If they do, they do. You are supporting/protecting/showing love for another human being that is in the line of fire. If you believe in a God, He will surely reward you for speaking up.

“That’s privilege. Someone once said, “when you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.” This is a taste of equality.”

It’s tough to say something when we are so used to just walking on. We cannot just walk by anymore.

WE CANNOT IGNORE THE ISSUE ANYMORE.

WE HAVE TO SPEAK UP!

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OPEN YOUR MOUTHS, WHITE FOLKS!

SCREAM when others simply cannot or are hoarse from doing so.

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artist: Annie Owens

ENOUGH.

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One of my heroes… Colin Kaepernick.

 

5 thoughts on ““Make a choice. Speak up. Unsubscribe.”

  1. OK. You have made your case. I stand with the White People and the Black People and every Other People. Maybe because I’m contrarian. I did some people-watching the other day and I noticed that every group seems to be afflicted with the same problems, like drug addiction, alcoholism, obesity. And declaring one group is “privileged” over another is a false distinction. Dead is dead. Making all these arguments for Racial Conscousness doesn’t seem to help.
    No guilt trip for me, thanks.

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  2. Of course, each of us comes at this with a different perspective. Yours does not look like mine and I am impressed you even read the piece! Interesting you see it as a guilt trip… that thought never even crossed my mind.

    I have brown kids. I know what they have lived through and how their lives are affected directly by racism. Not that that makes my words more important than yours, just my view comes from a different vantage point.

    Thanks for weighing in!

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  3. I had a son killed in a race crime. Doesn’t matter which races involved…yes, he is still dead. But we white people sail through life thinking things are equal when they are not! Two of my sons (who, incidentally are dark with curly hair) were being targeted by police for months. Numerous times they were pulled over, cars searched….even had a mouth search and the dogs called out. They were clean. BUT, they both said each time, “can you imagine what they would have done if I were black?” We live in rural Indiana, and they see it. Anyone who doesn’t acknowledge it is part of the problem!

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    1. My sweet friend, Judy…

      I had no idea how your baby boy died. I am horrified it was a race crime (not that any way to die young is better than any other, of course). I am so so sorry… and suspect so much of what is going on in the world is what killed your son. And that your kids, too, have to deal with color-prejudice as my two oldest have… it just breaks my heart.

      You and I have always had so much in common. Sadly, this is yet another commonality.

      I love you so very much.

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