I wonder what our lives would be like if those who are privileged by race would deny these social entitlements. What change could be brought about if when persons are offered a pass, a perk, a protection or the benefit of doubt, they would reject it? How might we be challenged if we did not accept what we did not earn, if we rejected those things that put others at a disadvantage? What if we no longer feigned ignorance or blindness, if we stopped looking the other way for “us” and not “them”?
What kind of people could we be if when the privilege of whiteness was presented, we said, “Privileges denied”? Because we provide its currency. We are the medium of transaction. We open the door, give the leg up, shake the hand and wink. We give them more while paying less and less attention to who we become in the process.
We are cheaters, thieves even. Robbing from “them” to pay for “us.” Race is only a scapegoat used to cover up our greed and need for power.
I wonder if persons would be willing to post a sign on the doors of their businesses, schools, shared community spaces, government buildings, places of worship and homes that inform those who enter that we don’t accept white privileges here. I imagine that persons would have to prove themselves and make their way without them. Justifying their place in the world and their position of authority would get a whole lot harder.
Patting pockets, flipping through wallets or searching purses, what might we pull from them to cover our expenses, to explain our position in the world, to justify our preferential treatment. If we take the socially colored white skin away and say, we refuse to privilege socially colored white skin here, what then? What do we have then?
Tell us (because we all accept it) that the limit has been exceeded far too many times and for too long, that we can no longer afford its costs, that the card has expired and won’t be renewed. We simply cannot afford to be people of any color any more.