How Prison Taught Me About White Privilege
Mark Olmsted

These identify preference questions to begin with seem to be a futile waste of brain power. You are what you are. Why imagine what else you would be? You are not that and will not be that in this lifetime.

The simple fact of the matter is that there is overwhelming evidence that gender, race, sexual orientation have nothing to do with the kind of life you decide to live.

Would you have not been addicted to meth and gone to prison had you been a black straight woman?

White privilege or any other inherent privilege is a myth. There are people of every kind in various situations of hardship or abundance.

The only thing that matters is what is in your head and what choices you make. All the black guys in prison who said they would choose being white would most likely have still been in prison had they been white.

Why? Because they likely would have made the same choices. This isn’t 1890 dude, this is 2017. There is no systemic racism. We just had a black president for 8 years so that pretty much puts the argument to rest.

What is the point of this article anyway? The only diagnostic tool you need to be running is asking yourself if you are making the right choices? Are you are pushing yourself to be better? Are you are giving enough of yourself.

The answers to those questions supersede race, gender and sexual orientation.

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