I'm White And Don't Have White Privilege

I'm White And Don't Have White Privilege

I'm privileged, but not because I am white.

I am white and I don’t have white privilege.

I was born into a middle class family; my dad usually works six days out of the week while my mom stays home and tends to the house as well as my sisters and I. We don’t go on vacation every year, we have two cars, both my sister and I have been working since high school, and the only reason my sister and I can afford to go to college is because we work hard for our grades. Still, I’ve been lectured by my peers and professors that I am in fact privileged all because I am white. Now, don’t get me wrong, I live a very blessed life, I don’t worry about where my next meal will come from, or whether or not I have a jacket to keep me warm. However, I do not attribute my blessings to “white privilege,” I attribute them to the hard work of my parents.

“White Privilege” is defined as societal privileges that white people have that non-whites do not have in social, economical, or political areas.

If you could find a more diminishing term let me know. White privilege does not exist, and if it does I sure as hell know that I, along with thousands of others, haven’t met it.

When people tell me that I live a privileged life because I am white, that I don’t, and will never know, a non-white’s struggle, I feel as though the hard work that I’ve put in to get where I want to be, the hard work my dad has put in, and the hard work that my grandparents have done, is all being belittled.

As shocking as it may seem, my dad wasn’t handed his union job. He is not given a paycheck every week because he is white, the same way his black coworkers aren’t just given a paycheck every week. They work, and they work hard.

"White Privilege" is a poor excuse used by the media to divide, and used by those who need a reason as to why they cant succeed, or why the cant get where they need to be. Yes, despite what everyone wants to believe, I have the exact same opportunities available to me as any non-white person does. Granted, there are cases, and many of them, in which its difficult for someone to pursue what they want because they have the burden of working in order to afford basic necessities, but white people face those problems too. Hardships do not discriminate, neither does illness, rape, hate, robbery or murder. Problems do not surpass white people, even if that’s what most people want to believe. Solutions do not come easier to white people, even if that is what we are told. The difference, however, is that when a setback falls upon a non-white person, society tells them that if they were white it would have been different, that this happened all because they are not white. How dare we. How dare society try to make up for the shortcoming of others by deliberately diminishing the hard work of white people? When a white person is fired, or doesn’t get the job they want, they don’t go and cry discrimination. I know that when I am not called back for a job interview I don’t blame the Indian woman who interviewed after me, I blame myself. I try to account for my shortcomings and see where I went wrong and what I can do better. I brainstorm ways to embellish my resume, and I try harder for the next time.

Not only does the term "White Privilege" denigrate the hard work of white people, but it deprecates the value of hard work that people who are not white do. When you use the term "white privilege," it sends a message out there that non-whites rarely succeed, that if they do it’s a rare occurrence attributed to a stroke of luck. Wrong. There are millions of non-whites who live the exact same life as I do, there are millions who live far worse than I do, and there are millions who live better than I do. There are non-white teachers, doctors, lawyers, managers, entertainers, athletes, accountants, chefs, and any other job you can imagine. They didn’t get there after they miraculously found a pot of gold at the end of their rainbow; they set goals, they worked hard, and they achieved what they wanted. Ben Carson did not get to become one of the top neurosurgeons and a presidential candidate all because he got lucky, Barack Obama did not happen to stumble upon presidency, and Vinod Khosla didn’t accidentally found Sun Microsystems. Hard work, determination, and perseverance got these people to where they are now. So when anyone says that ‘white privilege’ is the bane of a non-white's existence, remember you are diminishing the accomplishments of non-whites by making appear as though these people just happened to get lucky.

Martin Luther King Jr. wanted his children to be judged on the content of their character, not the color of their skin. So I ask, why in the world is it okay to judge a white person solely based on the color of their skin, rather than who they are, what they have done, and where they come from?

So yes, I have checked for my "white privilege," so has the poor white mother in the trailer park, the old white man on the street corner laying on a tattered blanket, and the hopeless college grad who can't find a job.

Nobody likes stereotypes, and that includes white people who are stereotyped as "privileged" because of our skin color. While I know people will respond to this by saying "it must be nice to be so privileged that you don't even realize your privilege," I give this general response: my white privilege is coming from a family that died in Auschwitz, it's coming from a family of immigrants, it's coming from a family that worked hard despite the odds.

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He Changed Everything.

My soul is richer & my heart is fuller 

Sept 2013 I found myself writing to an evangelist Jennifer Beckham looking for more, looking for answers cause at the time I was in a dark place, and stuck no matter what I did. She wrote back! I cried as I read her respond. She sent me scriptures of who god is and what he wants for us. God says we are more than conquers and endurance develops strength and character. She encouraged me that I was on the right track. Not to give up and she would be praying for me. I saw Jennifer Beckham at a conference that year. I don't remember what she specifically talked about but I remember the feeling. The feeling of wanting to burst out crying, I could feel my eyes being filled with tears, and my heart racing but I wouldn't let out the tears. My pride was too big. I wanted to be strong so I did my best to hold it all in, and I did. At this conference they offered the audience who wanted to go up for prayer and dedicate their life to Jesus Christ. Surprisingly I went up, but I went up with other people that were seeking out salvation. I wasn’t sure if I was going up to support the other people or if it was truly for me. I was confused, even though I said the prayer. I became more confused as the days went on and I wasn't feeling a difference in my life. Nothing was changing. I started reading the bible and many books, listening to sermons, and surrounding myself with positive people. I gave my life to Jesus, but I didn't feel like I was set FREE! I continued feeling empty, lost, broken, guilty, and hurt from the past. There were so many days where I just wanted to give up. Almost felt pointless to fight for my life. At this point in my life I didn't know God very much, but I had just a little bit of faith. My faith was a big as a mustard seed and God took care of the rest. Day by day, year by year I started noticing my life changing. I noticed I was changing. I started feeling happy with who I was and where I was in life. I no longer questioned God about the things that happened to me. In my heart I was ok with the wounds, the hardships, and trials from the past because I now understood those wounds and trials. I realized I was SET FREE! not perfect but set free. I started understanding who I was as a child of our heavenly father. Now it’s Jan 2018 and I’m in awe of who I am and where I am in life, all because of Jesus. His so faithful! I think of the favor, the grace, his mercy, his love, his joy and blessing that he gives me even when I’m undeserving of it, it’s overwhelming. He has never left me nor forsake me. I can say Jesus you changed everything and my heart so forever thankful. 

Today, I encourage you like Jennifer Beckham encouraged me. Keep going and don't give up. No matter what your past looks like believe in your heart that you were created for greatness. Don't let your past determine your future, be the change you want in your life. You have it in you. There is so much more to life, don't miss out on it. It's time to take back your happiness, love, joy, freedom and so much more. It's time to take back EVERYTHING the enemy has taken from you. God has made you an overcomer. I speak it right now, that you will be victorious in 2018 and the years to come. Remember, God loves you! 

Psalm 136:26 (AMP) O give thanks to the God of heaven, for his mercy and loving-kindness endures forever!

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