…are. The most powerful way to accept anything is to start by finding a way to feel grateful for it. Thank you white privilege. I am grateful for what you have given me and I now release you. As my awareness increases, I now welcome something much better and more fulfilling. I welcome liberty and justice for all, regardless of the color of a person’s skin. I choose for everyone to experience what I have been experiencing simply because my skin is white.
It’s a lovely concept and I’d love to live to see that world. Except, you don’t get to release white privilege. It’s embedded in your skin color. It will exist as long as racism exists and as long as police treat black men differently than *most* white men. And I say *most* because if you’re homeless or mentally ill or an addict, you might as well be black as far as cops are concerned.
I hope you told your friend that part of white privilege includes the freedom to pretend it’s not real. Sure aren’t many people of color who can blithely say racism isn’t real.