On White Privilege and Taking Sides

I reblog this article as a small way to ‘be the change we want to see in the world’ to raise awareness of ways we can help:

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Tutu“It’s like someone getting killed during a funeral service.” – Scott Woods

I do not want to hide behind whiteness or succumb to numbness. So I am going to tell you a story — a story of white privilege. My own.

“Castile is at least the 506th person shot and killed by police so far in 2016, according to a Washington Post database that tracks such shootings.” :: read more  

These are people’s LIVES. Not hashtags, not statistics. LIVES. The insanity of sanctioned racism and murder has got to stop. This would never have gone down this way if he, Philando Castile, his girlfriend (who was HANDCUFFED while police “sorted things out” — this after she watched her boyfriend die of four gunshot wounds), and her four-year-old daughter had been white. If you don’t believe me, you are part of the problem.

A few weeks ago, I got pulled…

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15 thoughts on “On White Privilege and Taking Sides

  1. Hi,
    I’m with you but am concerned about U.S. Presidential race outcome. I almost became a news blogger.
    What an engaged community here!
    Congratulations on being Danny Ray’s featured blogger. I was his featured blogger too. Maybe you can check out my blog if you need a blogging tip or two. That’s what I write about.


  2. What I loved the most about this post was the quote about these being “OUR citizens”. Damn straight! The police force, that we pay for with our tax dollars, are killing OUR PEOPLE. I don’t care what color your own skin is, these are innocent American citizens being shot to death for no reason other than the color of THEIR skin. That’s an atrocity!

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    • I just clicked on your blog and as soon as I saw the words ‘King Jesus’ I knew your posts are ones I want to read with fresh eyes….my eyes are swimming right now and I’ve got to get some shut eye. But I am looking forward to reading your blog tomorrow. I have never been and never will be a racist – it breaks my heart. We are ALL God’s children, not a one any lesser than another. Something has just GOT to give!!!

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  3. Great post. I just learned about both of these murders a few hours ago. As a wife and a mother I am very aware how something simple can become tragic. I appreciate your honesty and willingness to share your experience.

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  4. Tammi, thank you for your comment — and for sharing. I so get the helpless feeling, and also know it’s not enough, for me, to leave it at that. I just shared another post about a writing group I’ll be leading this fall about identity — a safe space for exploring all of our “parts” in part so that we see our own and each other’s wholeness for fully. In case you are interested in joining me, here is a link: https://jenaschwartz.com/2016/07/07/on-the-corner-writing-at-the-intersections-new-group/

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