So, let me be real, son. Honestly, before reading my post, everyone should go read the “Privileged” article that Kyle Korver wrote for The Players’ Tribune. Seriously, it’s refreshing to see a White person give an honest assessment of the benefits that White people are afforded. All in all, “White privilege” is always a touchy subject when it shouldn’t be. The way I see it, there’s no future in fronting about the way the world works, man.
Ok, before I continue, let me talk a little bit about “White privilege.” Generally, when White people hear this phrase, they instantly get offended. However, if they took a step back and analyzed what minorities are trying to say, they’d understand where we’re coming from. Now, “White privilege” doesn’t mean that our counterparts didn’t have to work hard to achieve success. Shit, Korver made it to the NBA by being one of the best shooters ever, fam. Like, no one can take that away from him. Anyway, “privilege” comes from the reality that White people don’t have to worry about the same pitfalls as Black and Brown people.
The fact is, even if a White man and I have the same educational background, there’s a good chance he’ll make more money than me. The fact is, if a White person and I get arrested for the same crime, there’s a good chance they’ll get a lighter sentence than me. In addition, I highly doubt any White person would have the same fear as a Black or Brown person during a traffic stop. Frankly, acknowledging these realities shouldn’t be so taboo for White people. On the real, the only way to fix these issues is to address them, bruh.
With that being said, I have to give Korver a lot of credit, fam. Not only did he keep it real about “White privilege,” but he also admitted to his previous ambivalence. Keeping it a buck, I believe there are more people like Korver than straight up hateful people. Most of the time, people just don’t want to hear about their advantages. Shit, as a man, I have to remember to check my own “male privilege.” At times, it’s easy for me to forget that I have certain luxuries that a lot of women don’t have. Hell, as a 6’3” MMA enthusiast, I never walk down the street wondering if some dude is going to drag me into an alley and assault me. All I can say is, facts are facts, son. There’s no use in denying it.
In the end, I hope everyone reads Korver’s article, man. Ultimately, if more people think like him, then maybe we can actually make some progress in this mentally-draining country. By and by, instead of fighting “White privilege,” maybe our counterparts can use it to put an end to the disparities. *Sigh* Wishful thinking, I guess. That is all. LC out.