Reminders

Today I watched a video of a pedestrian being harassed on the street by a police officer. The pedestrian was black, and the cop was white. It probably wouldn’t matter what day you were reading this; on most days, you could say “I saw that video too.”

We see this type of video every week; every day people live through harassment, humiliation, and degradation, often at the hands of those that are paid to protect us.  The moment in this particular video that really sat with me, that made my stomach twist, was the cop disdainfully asking “What do you do for work? Anything?”

I cannot imagine being stopped on the street on my way to get a haircut, as this man was, and being asked if I had a job. Moreover, I can confidently presume this is not a situation I would encounter because I look a certain way.

Being white gives me so many privileges that I do not even realize because those privileges are never spoken of. I do not get asked where I am going, what I am doing, why I am there; the world tells me that I’m allowed, I fit, I belong.

Because I look a certain way and talk a certain way and have a certain amount of melanin, I am treated differently. It has given me advantages in life that I did not earn and that I do not deserve.

I don’t know what else to say other than when I am faced with these stark reminders of my privilege, I feel like shit, and that is a good reminder.

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Into the Abyss

“Go back to the abyss! Fall into nothingness that awaits you.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, via The Fellowship of the Ring, via Gandalf.

There are lots of blogs on the internet. Did you see my domain name? That was attempt #341 to find a free domain name. There are lots of blogs on the internet. In fact, I’m pretty sure I have three or four blogs floating around out there, netting one hit per annum, cold, alone, forgotten (R.I.P. to that one blog I created for a school project, and then never opened again). And then there’s social media, and websites, and other things I don’t understand like Reddit. The internet is jam packed with opinions and stories and thoughts that most people don’t really care about.

 

So what I’m saying is the world doesn’t really need another blog, but here you go. Here is one more blog with not that much to say, plunked into the deep dark abyss that is the internet. You’re welcome.

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