EDITORIAL: What I Said When My White Friend Asked for My Black Opinion on White Privilege

This. Right here. Read it…please?
Thank you.
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by Lori Lakin Hutcherson, GBN Editor-in-Chiefby Lori Lakin Hutcherson, GBN Editor-in-Chief

Yesterday I was tagged in a post by an old high school friend, asking me and a few others a very public, direct question about white privilege and racism.  I feel compelled not only to publish his query but also my response to it, as it may be a helpful discourse for more than just a handful of folks on Facebook.

Here’s his post:

“To all of my Black or mixed race FB friends, I must profess a blissful ignorance of this “White Privilege” of which I’m apparently guilty of possessing. By not being able to fully put myself in the shoes of someone from a background/race/religion/gender/ nationality/body type that differs from my own makes me part of the problem, according to what I’m now hearing. Despite my treating everyone with respect and humor my entire life (as far as I know), I’m somehow complicit in the misfortune…

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. paulabroome427
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 07:45:44

    Great response to a question that’s really not as complicated as people like to make it. Thanks a ton for posting!

  2. Brian Lageose
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 21:45:04

    Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that the sarcastic, “I’ve done nothing wrong” way in which the “friend” posed the question is in itself an example of white privilege…

    • sepultura13
      Aug 17, 2016 @ 12:10:56

      It’s not just you – that is exactly what I noticed in the article. The way the question was posed was far too whiny and self-absorbed, from what I read. I even made a comment about it in the original post…

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