Black Lives Matter: The Meaning Of Privilege In Black

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The Way my thought process worked was that I tried to not think too in depth about subjects. I chose to be blind to things I did not believe affected myself in anyway. By doing this I was saving myself from anger, aggravation, and being told I was wrong. I knew what I did not agree with by listening to other opinions, watching actions, standing from the outside.
The movement Black Lives Matter was a joke to me, I don’t think only black lives matter, all lives matter. The movement was loud, ignorant, and fell into the category of things that did not affect me so I chose not to care about.
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh explores how it is to be a white woman in society can fall back onto this invisible tent
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The goal is for “them” to be more like “us,” but what defines the “us” that makes them so special.
Yet, I have not witnessed being unprivileged because of my skin, I can now understand how the movement of Black Lives Matter is shining light on the invisible privilege that exist for the white community. Slavery may have ended, but the power is still in the hands of those who deemed white worthy and colored not. Black lives matter is all lives matter, equality between all, a stepping stool for all. The movement is shared across the world not to simply tell society what it is they are doing wrong, but to ignite the movement against the social structure that has been built to benefit whites.
Racism is still alive and well in 2017. To be born white means in the United States means to be born with an advantage. Children do not know this of course, society lets it happen, the social structure lets this happen. That is was is at fault that those the voice of power keep it
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The United States like many other countries runs on a hierarchy of power. Power defines humans, we have it over land, animals, privilege, protection, anything. We do not all have it however, we are lead to believe that power is in all of us, but in fact it is not. Power is focused towards a small group that decides it all, the government.
Before these readings my understanding on power was that it was a good thing, but I have come to see that power is source of inequality, privilege, oppressions, it is the good and the bad. The power we have is shared as something that was earned, but it was earned just taken.
There is need for opinion even if it does not affect one. Opinion, using our voice takes the invisible and makes it visible for all to see. Without opinions or voice people walk blind, unknowing off all the forces against them because it is not spoken. Their needs to be an end to the hiding and the degrading, no one is worthy over another. The United States is not about the people I see, it is about the

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