In the days following George Floyd's killing, I saw this posted on the Facebook page of California musician & teacher Mike Simmons. I am unsure who the original author is, I would love to credit them. I will say at the foot of the original piece, there was call to copy and paste this. I am copying and pasting it here...
I have white privilege because I can do all of the following things without thinking twice.
I can go birding (#ChristianCooper).
I can go jogging (#AhmaudArbery).
I can relax in the comfort of my own home #BothamJean and #AtatianaJefferson and #BreonnaTaylor).
I can ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride).
I can have a cellphone (#StephonClark).
I can leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards).
I can play loud music (#JordanDavis).
I can sell CDs (#AltonSterling).
I can sleep (#AiyanaJones)
I can walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown).
I can play cops and robbers (#TamirRice).
I can go to church (#Charleston9).
I can walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin).
I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party (#SeanBell).
I can party on New Years (#OscarGrant).
I can get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland).
I can lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile).
I can break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones).
I can shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford) .
I can have a disabled vehicle (#TerrenceCrutcher).
I can read a book in my own car (#KeithScott).
I can be a 10yr old walking with my grandfather (#CliffordGlover).
I can decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese).
I can ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans).
I can cash a check (#YvonneSmallwood).
I can take out my wallet (#AmadouDiallo).
I can run (#WalterScott).
I can breathe (#EricGarner).
I can live (#FreddieGray).
I CAN BE ARRESTED WITHOUT THE FEAR OF BEING MURDERED (#GeorgeFloyd).
Privilege is real. Take a minute to consider a Black person’s experience today.
*I copied and pasted this. I fully encourage you to do the same.*
And now some words from Killer Mike
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