White Picket Fence
In light of the black lives matter movement towards equal human rights — a letter of self-reflection
I am a white priviledged female. My life has been fairly easy. Green grass. Loving parents. Positive outlook on life. My life isn’t perfect. Of course, I’ve gone through my share of shit, but I work hard and things generally work out as I manifest. I am grateful. Frankly, I am only acutely aware of the racism that still exists in the world. For my challenges have never been about my race.
A Letter of Self-Reflection
I am sorry for all the times I chose to be a mere bystander when I heard a racist comment.
I am sorry for all the times I did not recognize racism as such.
I am sorry for any comments, questions, remarks, actions, implications, jokes, or reactions that ever made you feel anything less than a respected equal.
I am sorry for my ignorance.
They say ignorance is bliss — but, today, ignorance is guilt. Ignorance is regret. Ignorance is shame, and stupidity. Ignorance is naive. Ignorance is turning a blind eye. Ignorance is a stance. Ignorance is unacceptable.
As a… Caucasian. Female. Coworker. Neighbour. Friend. Problem-solver. Feminist. Equalitarian. Canadian… Human being — It is my responsibility to educate myself on current news events that reflect the most profound of global issues. Especially on a level of justice for basic human rights.
I willingly admit my mistakes and shortcomings. I apologize for them. I take pride in having an open mind. I will no longer choose to hide.
The Time is Now
I recently overheard my neighbour (a white elderly woman) on the phone in her back garden talking about race identification. She said, “We need to learn more, so we can be better, and do better.”
You may respectfully provide feedback and/or tips in the comments below this article. If you relate to something I’ve expressed, please clap for the progress we’ve made, and the leaps towards equality to come.