I just want to write a brief note with some updates but more importantly a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the folks who have both supported or even just commented on my humble fundraising page. It was one of my intentions to find a way to foster dialogue about a serious issue in a light-hearted way and you all have given me faith that this is more possible than I could have imagined.
I am also working on plans to deliver all of these lovely "black privileges" to you all in a manner that may very well end racial tensions as we know them (more on that later). So please do stay tuned!
A hearty thanks is also in order for those individuals who took time out of their day to do everything from providing politely misinformed disagreements to spewing vitriolic hatred at someone you've never even met. I thank you most of all for showing me that 1) you can not only have so much privilege that you believe everything you think is so relevant that it simply MUST be posted here, right now, for the world to see but your privilege also provides you plenty of time to spread your snugly little rage blankets across the internets whenever someone points out said privilege. Hopefully, sometime soon, I will also have enough privilege to spend prime daytime working hours harassing strangers. Although, to be perfectly honest, I'd probably just waste it looking at cat videos.
I am writing you today to ask that you assist me in acquiring some white privilege. Although I have layered oppressions that have affected my ability to access my slice of the American Pie™, no issue has affected me more readily than my lack of white privilege. From being assumed to have "cheated" my way into programs for gifted children AND college (via affirmative action), to having my natural hair viewed as unprofessional amongst professional peers, to having people make negative assumptions about my competency level, interests, and job knowledge, to being viewed as naturally dangerous or threatening, my lack of white privilege has created numerous obstacles as I've struggled to successfully compete in a white dominated workforce. I am hoping that, through this campaign, I will begin to make some headway towards closing the gap that white privilege has created in my life.
In return for paying for my white privilege, I would love to give you some "black privilege" in return! Yes, it is difficult being a black person but there are some neat perks, as you will discover if you donate!
((For those of you interested to know how I came up with a dollar amount for white privilege the answer is less complex than you might think. As someone who has historically been classified by the United States government as a Black/African American woman, I've been earning anywhere from 63-69% of what a white man makes for the same work since I entered the workforce in 1999. Even if I control for part-time work as a teenager and consider increases in pay as I grew older/more experienced and changed my field, that still averages out to about a $9000 deficit for each year I've been employed. Multiply that by 15 years of hustle and you have my total.))
Thanks for building a remarkable digital Rube Goldberg machine that's triggered by hate at one end and employs the complex physics of irony and good humour, plus the backwards mechanics of racism and entrenched privilege, to transform it into art and social good at the other.
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