NOT Being a Racist is NOT Enough

White privilege is an absence of the consequences of racism. An absence of structural discrimination, an absence of your race being viewed as a problem first and foremost. Reni Eddo-Lodge, author

White Privilege in the United States doesn’t mean your life isn’t hard, can’t be hard, or was never hard. It means the color of your skin will never be a factor in what’s causing your difficulties. I’ve only recently come to embrace the fact that simply not being a racist isn’t enough. I must fight against racism when I see it.

As a Caucasian living in a world of White Privilege, I need to begin to recognize systems that are hurting or hindering people due to the color of their skin. I need to stay focused on their plight and make my voice heard.

Affirmation: I’m awake to the plight of others.

Coaching questions: If you’re Caucasian, consider what White Privilege means in your life? If you are a person of color, help your white friend or colleague understand what not being white in the U.S. has meant in your life? 

2 thoughts on “NOT Being a Racist is NOT Enough

  1. I totally agree with this statement. I used to think it was enough to not be racist and to raise children who embrace people of every nationality and colour. My eyes have been opened to the fact that I need to take action whether it be publicly or privately.


  2. Hey Mershon, Excellent post–basic information that everyone needs to understand–good going! Sharlene ________________________________


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