I need some white privilege!
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.))
Posted by Yaya M
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.
In the interest of continuing in that vein, this twitter was started https://twitter.com/yayaswhitepriv
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.
However, just because I like you, and because I'd hate to see you die alone in your apartments surrounded by only your indignant loathing and a dozen or so equally morose cats, I offer you the free gift of the following article, no donation required: http://thefeministbreeder.com/explaining-white-privilege-broke-white-person/
Aside from the blatant ignorance that everyone else pointed out for me, this page is exactly why crowd source funding is a failure. Also this page is more than likely violating the terms of GoFundMe. As I am looking at these perks for donating it is more than obvious you PERSONALLY are going to dress up as a cop and harass someone who payed you 250 dollars, no less will you even talk to them on facebook as a 5 dollar perk. This whole thing is a scam and I did make an attempt to report you but it seems as if GoFundMe only supports reporting for things that break the law which sadly you are not. Also need this not be said but this whole page is doing nothing but promoting racism. Do you know how many "privileged" men died for you to end slavery? over 660 THOUSAND people from just the civil war alone. Also the death of a president, countless beatings and incarcerations of men and women both black and white, and a mass protest ran by a peaceful activist who goes by the name Martin Luther King, maybe you've heard of him? He spoke of Blacks and Whites living together in unity. Blaming YOUR INDIVIDUAL PROBLEMS on another race is fundamentally opposite of King's ideology. If he were alive today, he would frown upon you. He would frown upon you, and everyone who supports you. If anyone who reads this wants to disagree, feel free to PM on Facebook, I'd be happy to engage in a debate and hopefully clear your mind of hatred.
Seriously, no offense meant here, but it is amazing and kind of curious to me that this "cause" has raised almost $6,000 and I can't get a penny to help my parents keep their home. Can someone please tell me what I'm doing wrong here? Because honestly, it seems to me that this is almost a joke since there is no real reason for a need of donations listed, other than "privilege" which can not really be bought. And please, no one take what I am saying wrong because I am NOT taking about the race issue that everyone else is going nuts about. All I mean is here is someone asking for money just to have money and people are handing it over left and right. Is it because it's humorous? Or are the donors mainly friends and family? I'm asking because I really need to know how to make my own page a success and if any on this site are, it's this one. Thanks and good luck with the rest of yours :)
I'm overdosing on the irony from all the white people commenting about racism in the same sentence as assuming the donors have EBT cards, and that anyone who disagrees with them is on some magical list receiving free stuff. Their ignorance is its own punishment, but I sincerely wish it were physically painful. Rock on, Sisterlicious Yaya! I'm loving the social commentary and you're my hero.
This whole thing sickens me!!! Racism is alive still because of people like this continuing it!! White people are blamed for things White people did years ago, or what one white person did, all white people get blamed! That is like saying all Black people are criminals, liars, cheaters etc! You can not lump one race into one being all the same because of what some might do!! Racism is never going to die when you have people that support things like this!! By the way Black people are not paid lower then White people, and if you are and you know for a fact, guess what you have a huge law suit! So why not fight the ones that are racist black and white instead of punishing everyone that is black or everyone that is white!!! This is just so sad that people think like this now a days! I am so glad that my kids are being raised to not notice a color!! My son is in a school that is primary black... but he does not see that, he sees friends!! Grow up and stop racism with one person at a time.. and if someone is so closed minded that they can not see then don't waste your time or your feelings trying to change that person... 2 WRONGS do not make a RIGHT!!
You are FANTASTIC. If your campaign hadn't made a single dollar, you already did a world of good. Look at these comments. Just look at them. This is what black America faces daily. Sure, some of these people are only lashing out due to feeling protected by the relative anonymity of the internet, but there are plenty of people willing to dish out heaping helpings of hatred to people of color on the street. Every single day. Thank you for helping bring a serious issue to light with satire...and using that light to expose what lies beneath the seedy underbelly of our country. Signed, Chris Kelley a very caucasian friend
Broken water main under the house, otherwise I'd give. I just want to say this, on a serious note because I know this whole thing is "kidding on the square": you're amazing. Seriously. I have long told my teenage son that we are, even with the money woes and the health issues, incredibly privileged because we are white. It's true, and I've made sure he knows it. Yes, I've taught him all about how to be safer around cops, how to avoid confrontations, how to handle interactions, but fact is, his blond hair, blue eyes, and white skin are like a layer of armor between him and the police. Store clerks who don't assume I'm stealing make that assumption, in part, because of my skin color. When the school principal gives my boy a warning instead of tossing him into the criminal justice system, it's that white skin protection again. So I won't say I laughed when I saw this page, because I didn't. In fact, there's not a smile anywhere near. But I am impressed, and I am glad folks have given. I hope good things come to you.