White Privilege II: Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?
Bedford Palmer
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Dr. Palmer! I loved this article. I think it does a great job laying out the dynamics of everyone involved when someone like Macklemore, someone coming from a place of privilege speaks into the conversation.

I’ve been living in the states for nearly two years now and the conversation surrounding race has never been so in-my-face. Before, I lived in ignorance despite being a person of colour myself. I’ve been guilty of saying hurtful things like “racism is over,” when it wasn’t. I was just blind to how it effected me and people around me, who were much more effected.

The dilemma is this: If because of white privilege Macklemore is going to benefit regardless of what he does, whether he enjoys his privilege in silence or speaks up about it. What should he do?

I appreciate you admitting that it might be the cynic inside that stirs up the criticism. But I’m interested to hear how all people can get involved in a way that is helpful. This is coming from someone who might get categorized as being in the middle; in that, I’m not white or black, I’m partially effected systemic issues. How do we create space for everyone to be apart of the solution?

Listening is the first step, I’m in 100% agreement. But then what?

Thanks so much for writing. I hope I’m not understood as critical here. I’m genuinely interested in both our present day issue, but also, how do we “shepherd” movements that bring real change. How do we create space for everyone involved to be apart of the restoration process?


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