I was told to keep mum yesterday
I was told that because I am white I am not allowed to have an opinion about the violence I see taking hold of the city in which I live…
Isn’t being told to be quiet, to not speak out when we see something wrong, the root of all the problems that we face today?
Isn’t being told to be quiet oppression in its purest form?
Newsflash: I know that I am white…
I live in one of the most diverse citied there is. I live here because I embrace diversity. I raised my daughter here so that she would know people of every race, religion, nationality and sexual orientation. I raised her here so that she could appreciate how people are different. I raised her here so she could see how we are all the same.
I have volunteered in her schools- schools where being white made her in the minority.
I have raised funds for schools so that all children, no matter what background, had the ability to have the same education as anyone else.
I have volunteered my time to help any child who needed extra help in a subject.
I have spoken out and confronted people who had not treated my daughter’s friends, children of color, with the respect that all people deserve.
As a judge for middle school debate I have spoken out when I see kids acting in a condescending manner towards others.
Maybe it’s not enough, but I have tried to raise my child to not see color as anything other than a different shade of the same crayon. I have tried to treat everyone exactly that same. I have tried to speak up if I thought someone wasn’t being respectful.
I know that I am white.
I do not know what it feels like to be a person of color- I can only empathize.
I know that I have never walked in the shoes of a person of color.
I have done my best to walk alongside them.
But please do not ever tell me to remain mum…