• Michelle Lowe-Sterba

That is Racism

I am not sure where to begin. I feel like our country is falling apart. I feel helpless sometimes. But I do not want to be complicit. Malcolm X said, "If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything."

I have always been one to research an issue or a problem. I want to be educated. Let me be clear, I am still being educated on this issue. I know I will not change the closed minds of those who do not desire to change or to educate themselves for change. I know I will anger some who are unwilling to acknowledge. I'm sorry I am not sorry for that.

White privilege. I use to get so angry when someone would use that phrase. I would get angry and defensive. But I made an effort to learn. Our whiteness comes with benefits and privileges that we do not even notice. White privilege does not mean our life is not hard, it doesn't mean we do not struggle. It means that the color of our skin is not one of the factors in making things harder. And it isn't. There are so many examples of our white privilege. I encourage us all to educate ourselves. I read an article in the Washington Post by Christine Emba: "What is white privilege? It’s the level of societal advantage that comes with being seen as the norm in America, automatically conferred irrespective of wealth, gender, or other factors. It makes life smoother, but it’s something you would barely notice unless it was suddenly taken away — or unless it had never applied to you in the first place." Read that quote again. And again. Until you get it.

I want to make somethings clear here. I do not believe all cops are bad. Just that too many are. I do not believe that our cities should be torn apart and burned. But no one is listening and no one was paying attention. I was raised to know that doing more wrong will not make things right. But WHAT WILL??? Because from where I sit and from what I am seeing on my social media, white people STILL are not getting it. You are still not listening and you are still complicit. And that is racism.

Silence is racism.

Making excuses is racism.

Using all lives matter as a response is racism.

Blaming the victims is racism.

Using derogatory words is racism.

Race fueled jokes is racism.

Saying "not all white people" is racism.

Being blind to your white privilege is racism.

Denial of the plight of people of color is racism.


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