Does my privilege look big in this?
I often worry that I am being accidentally racist. I am white. I don’t really have any friends who aren’t white because I live in a predominantly white city, and / or it’s somehow just worked out that way. I worry that it might be because I’m inadvertently racist. I feel that there must be things that I say that are offensive to some people of colour, yet I haven’t stopped because I don’t have people in my life who regularly say, ‘wait, what you just said is racist because of this thing, that you should maybe think about, and then stop being racist’. For this reason, I generally stay the fuck away from topics of race and racial privilege, because I feel that if I open my mouth on the subject, it would merely be to place my foot firmly within it.
With this in mind, my twitter-buddy Stilli linked to this Open Letter to White ‘Anti-Racists’, which I found thought provoking, and reminded me that we have so far to go. It also pointed out to me several of those things that I have been thinking and saying without realising they could be racist. But don’t take my word for it, click the link and read for yourself.