It was my intention with this blog series to amplify the voices of those around me who have something to say about racism.
As a white person, who grew up as part of the majority race in the United States, I have privilege that I have benefitted from, even though I didn’t ask for it. It’s my responsibility, as a white person, who is inherently part of the problem of systemic racism, to educate myself and to uplift voices of color.
When I started this project, I wanted to bring light to the problem of racism around the world. It doesn’t just happen in the United States, it happens almost everywhere. Many people who share the same color of skin as me, don’t see a problem, because they’ve not experienced it. They don’t feel it and they don’t think critically enough to understand what systemic racism is.
I have been blessed to be able to travel the world and meet many beautiful people from many places. Meeting different people from all sorts of different backgrounds has been able to expand my mind so much. I wanted to be able to share this human wisdom with others.
A big thank you to all the gorgeous folks who took the time to talk to me and do these interviews. White folks cannot expect people of color to do the educating for us on racism, and we cannot expect conversations like these to be available whenever we want to educate ourselves. I recognize that this is a huge service on the part of the speakers, and I am grateful for it.
I encourage you, especially if you are white, to continue to educate yourself by reading books and investing in resources that already exist. Some resources that I find particularly helpful:
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Anti-Racism Daily newsletter
The 13th documentary