I’ve always been that person who capitalizes post titles, but I think I’m over it. Just sayin’.
Anyway…I peeked into Twitter a couple times today, found out more about what happened Wednesday, more about what is planned for the inauguration (they really, really shouldn’t hold it outside), and then I stepped away. It’s too much. That old Chinese curse came to mind, as it does so frequently, and interesting times no longer hold any interest for me. Quiet and calm, that’s what my goal is.
Thing is, there is so much that needs to change, so much that needs to be addressed…and if not now, when? There are deep, SO deep, underlying issues that have been swept under the rug and ignored or joked away for centuries, as well as newer issues that require lights shone (shined?) on them so the same thing doesn’t happen to them. It’s the 21st century, a time in which one would think we would be beyond the issues that are raising their ugly heads in such a way that they can no longer be ignored. We have come so far in so many ways, such as technology, but in others we may as well be back at the beginning, and that’s sad. No, not sad: reprehensible. The fact that humans (ok, let’s be real: white people) have refused to evolve in ways that matter the most, that they have willingly continued to toe the patriarchal and racist lines for centuries…that’s inexcusable.
I freely admit that as a white woman, I was unaware of my white privilege – I didn’t even realize there was such at thing. And that ignorance doesn’t excuse me. I should have been more aware. We all should have. It’s not like we live in individual plastic bubbles, only aware of what is presented to us. No, we live in the world, with the ability to read books and newspapers and websites that show in start reality how things really are.
I don’t know that I’m making any sense. There are so many thoughts going through my head, and putting them in order isn’t really happening.
So even though we may need to take a break from the internet here and there, we also need to remember that that is a luxury; that racism and all other issues** that create an “other” are being dealt with 24/7/365 by many, many people in the world. And it’s our duty as white people to change that*.
*Yes, I’m aware that these issues are not exclusive to white people, but in context of what’s been happening in the United States, we are the problem.
** “issues” isn’t the word I want, but the correct one eludes me. Issues it too…gentle.