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We Know Not What We Say

We try not to be racist, and we may not accept the concept of white privilege. But sometimes we say things that are racist and privileged. Those ideas are so ingrained in us that we don’t notice or understand the significance of what we’re saying. That’s why I found the Huffington Post article 6 Things White People Say That Highlight Their Privilege enlightening. I’ll list them here and you can go the article for an explanation of each.

1. “It’s not my job to fix racism because I’m not racist.”

2. “I don’t see color.” [Or, I might add, “I’m color-blind.”]

3. “There’s no need to worry about the police if you’re not doing anything illegal.”

4. “I don’t want to post about racism on social media because I’m scared of the backlash.”

 5. “I don’t have white privilege.”

6. “I’m not sure when I should start talking to my kids about racism.”

A National Expensive Disgrace

What is both a national disgrace AND costing our country a bundle of money?  Racism.  Read the article Racism costs U.S. billions every year.  Part of it says,

“Closing the income gap between whites and minorities, would boost earnings by 12 percent, an economic windfall of $1 trillion, for a nation burdened by debt and an anemic job market, according to a recent study by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Altarum Institute…..

“Minorities make up 37 percent of the working age population now, but they are projected to grow to 46 percent by 2030, and 55 percent by 2050. Closing the earnings gap by 2030 would increase GDP by 16 percent, or more than $5 trillion a year,” stated the report. Federal tax revenues would increase by over $1 trillion and corporate profits would increase by $450 billion.”

Read the rest of the article.