It’s Not About Race!
John Metta
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I honestly had never considered this. When I would hear the term “white privledge” — I would feel my emotions start to spike like a cat arching it’s back. I would always try to hide it of course — but the guilt that would come when I’d hear that term, it would keep me from wanting to learn. So I just avoided the idea, and even maybe assumed it wasn’t real. Until finally I read a quote by Eric Knox, a pastor + activist here in Portland, OR , “When we have conversations in my church, sometimes in our staff meetings, people will say, you know, I grew up poor, I didn’t grow up privileged. And embedded is a lot of false assumptions about what it means to be privileged because it has nothing to do with how much money you make. But by virtue of your skin color, the fact that you walk into Starbucks and your self-worth and dignity is just naturally assumed, where a black person like me has to prove that. And so you know, things that would seem non-offensive to white folks can be highly offensive because they’re absolutely unaware of the privilege that they have.” (full article here: http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/thinkoutloud/segment/jim-wallis-exhorts-white-christians-to-be-more-christian-than-white/ ) — it was as if a light bulb came on, and I began (and BEGAN is the key word — I’m still learning) to understand a little bit. So thank you, for furthering my education. I’m really grateful, I honestly am.

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