Originally Posted on A Sewcial Life
Yet again, an unarmed young black male has been killed by police. Unarmed.
I have never had to fear police in the same way that so many people of colour, especially men, have. And yes, it may be better in Canada, but there is still, without a doubt, a racial bias in our police force.
I sit here reading news reports, and tweets, and blogs written by white people who have not done their homework. You can not respond to something only black people and other POC experience by asking the question "but how does this affect white people?" or by stating "not all white people are like that". Please stop making this about you.
ALL white people have an obligation to do their homework and understand their white privilege*. Yes, you may not have set up the system, but you benefit from it. You benefit from it every single day. And to sit there benefiting from white privilege without doing anything to work towards reducing it, is racist. Maybe not in the traditional way that you imagine racism, but it is racism. We need to listen to these stories, and to the people shouting in the streets of Ferguson, crying over the loss of another unarmed black young man.
Listen to the voices of the people of colour who have lived this experience. Listen to the people who have had to fear police their whole lives.
I have found a few articles, and blogs that I think add to this discussion in a constructive way:
- In Defense of Black Rage by: Brittney Cooper
- Eyewitness to Michael Brown Shooting by: Trymaine Lee
- 11 Things White People Should Stop Saying to Black People Immediately by: Derrick Clifton
*Not sure what this is? Please read up and learn about it:
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
- Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person
- White Privilege - Wiki Page