08 Dec White Privilege: Two women write checks at the grocery store…
Two women write checks at the grocery store – one’s Black, one’s white. It sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it’s no joke.
In this clip from the film Cracking the Codes (2011), educator and researcher Joy DeGruy shares a story of how her mixed-race sister-in-law uses white privilege to right a wrong.
If you’re Black, you know what white privilege is and you see it every day.
If you’re white, as it often happens, have a few more options: (1) you are oblivious to it (2) it’s a term you’ve heard before, but have dismissed (3) you know what it is and feel bad about it, but don’t know what you can do about it.
The incident described by Dr. Joy is a frequent occurrence around the country and it’s largely one that goes unchecked. But it doesn’t have to. Black people can always bring up the injustices we endure, no matter how slight – but at what cost? Become the ‘angry Black man/woman’? Even if we go that route, will it have the same impact as what’s described in the video?
Two women write checks at the grocery store – one’s Black, one’s white. What will happen next time?
What would have happened if she had spoken up vs her sister-in-law?
This video was recently seen on Upworthy’s Facebook page. Check them out – they always find gems online.
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