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.”