We hear a whole lot about ‘political correctness’, but we don’t hear a whole lot about listening to each other. We don’t hear a lot about trying to understand other people’s struggles. We don’t hear a lot of people trying to recognize the injustices that still exist in our society.
I am a white cisgender christian woman from an upper middle class family in a progressive state. I have lived a pretty cushy life. There are a lot of struggles I will never understand. That’s not to say I have not struggled, but I have enjoyed the perks of being born into such privilege. It’s time for me to listen.
Believing racism, ableism, sexism, prejudice against LGBT+ don’t exist anymore, is white privilege. We were blessed with the privilege of not having to experience such injustices first hand. We were blessed with the privilege of being one step ahead at birth. We were blessed with the privilege of not being judged based on the color of our skin, but on our merit.
Growing up I never even knew racism existed. I was not judged based on the color of my skin, therefore I did not realize anyone was judged based on the color of their skin. No one is born racist, but some are forced to feel the reality of it at a very early age. No child should have to fear how people will judge them because of their skin, who they choose to love, or what gender they truly are. No human should have to fear how people will judge them because of their skin, who they choose to love, or what gender they truly are.
We are not the ones who decide what is and isn’t offensive to a struggle that we will never understand. We are not the ones who decide what is and isn’t harmful to the conversation about a struggle we have never endured.
There are many struggles I will never fully understand. That is why I now must listen. We all must listen. The conversation can not be had until we are willing to listen. The conversation can not be had until we recognize our own privilege.
And now I will listen.