Because people of color didn’t bring themselves over on slave trade ships. Because people of color didn’t sit in the back of the bus because it was convenient. Because people of color didn’t ask to be stopped and frisked because they “looked suspicious.” Because people of color continue to get shot by white cops without warning. Because leftovers of systemic racism still exist throughout society - wealth inequality, income potential, our criminal justice and prison system, employment, housing, health care, political power, education, the drug war, gun violence, you name it.
White people have a responsibility. A responsibility to acknowledge our privilege. A responsibility to dismantle the racist systems that our country was built on, and still depends on. A responsibility to unlearn our racist behaviors. A responsibility to extinguish the white nationalistic ideology. A responsibility to the people of color in our country who have endured unspeakable hardships that we, as white people, will never fully be able to comprehend. Leading with compassion, empathy and understanding, it is our responsibility to right our wrongs and begin a new chapter.
We can no longer stay complacent in silence. Silence is betrayal and being neutral is taking a side. Until black lives matter more than white comfort nothing will change. We must shine light on our truth and take responsibility for our actions. I hope White Creation challenges white people to become aware of their learned racist behaviors and take action to unlearn them. I hope White Creation gives people of color a sense of hope that we are waking up, we are listening, and we are committed to doing something about it.
“We live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. White people are the free and people of color have to be brave.” -Jane Elliott