In case you haven’t noticed, our media and national narrative are full of (very emotion-driven and polarized) discussions of racism, ethnic disparities, marginalization, and white privilege.
As a white woman raised in predominantly white spaces, I have had the luxury of not having to engage in these conversations if I don’t want to. But some of the people I most respect — and some of the spaces where I most see evidence of God at work — are deeply impacted by, or care deeply about, ethnic disparities.
To best understand the world I’m living in, I want to better understand marginalization and our racialized world. I need to be able to identify my white privilege, and learn how to adjust my actions to better account for it. But gaining this understanding is a long process, and a huge learning curve. Here are 19 things I’ve tweeted along the way so far:
19. At the end of the day, this not my lived reality, and it is for many people.
18. I’ve lost track of how many times this has happened.
16. All. The. Freaking. Time.
15. One of the major breakthroughs in my learning process: once I finally figured this out.
13. Looking to augment your interpersonal learning with some reading? This is an amazing book.
11. Another thing it took me a while to realize…
10. Actually, though. Anyone?
9. More moments like this, please.
8. This happens. Let’s start acknowledging it more, instead of just keeping quite out of politeness.
7. Ever notice how white people who enter society’s margins — even just a little bit — are instantly put on such a pedestal?
5. How often does this happen?
1. It took me so long to figure out how true this really is: