White Privilege

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White Privilege by Kyla Lacey

We learned your French
We learned your English, your Dutch, your Spanish, your Portuguese
you learned our nothing, you called us stupid

that's white privilege

and I'm sure it probably hurts for you to hear those two words
kind of like gunshots and explosions
from those commission to protect you whisking past your ears

what is white privilege?

it is the only five decades of legal acknowledgment expected to correct 400 years of white transgression
it is crack versus cocaine, blacks receiving almost 20% longer sentences for the same
exact offenses
or like, for instance, a black man without a record is less likely to get a job than a white felon
or maybe it's because we're lazy and we don't work hard enough, like
what the fuck? 400 years in the same fields literally is an incredible resume builder.
it is Katrina answering the government's prayers of eugenics
Dick Cheney going fishing the next day
Condoleezza on a shopping spree
Bush in San Diego
But Kanye is the one you call crazy cuz like
it only took the USA two days to get aid to Asia but five for FEMA to get to Canal Street and Esplanade
it is the one black kid who beat the shit out of the odds
but only thanks to Michelle Pfeiffer and the white shadow and Sandra Bullock so now we all can make it
It is only time thousands of white people are cheering for a black kid to win is in a stadium

it is you looking at me crazy if I told you to go back to Europe even though we didn't have a say, and your great-grandparents came here voluntarily
it is you, all of a sudden having a problem with immigration, like, this isn't even your nation
how the hell do you discover something that wasn't even missing to begin with?
you've Columbus'ed our traditions
got white girls twerking in high definition with multi colored nails and purple hair but it was ghetto when we did it

Oh am I making you uncomfortable?

try a cramped slave ship
but wait, slavery is over now,
it's just called the prison system
cuz like you're not racist cuz you don't
use the 'n' word,
but y'all use n*ggas everyday

what is white privilege?

It is the acceptance of bombs over Baghdad but not over Boston
it is European history being taught as a major and African as an elective
it is learning about my people only 28 days like I'm not black every fucking second

it is every white boy who wanted to f*ck my brains out not because I'm pretty,
but because I'm pretty for a black girl

it is people thinking that Africa is one nation
it is the waving of the Confederate flag like you didn't lose the battle then telling us to get over slavery

it is people saying that black people destroy neighborhoods but forgetting that white people destroyed continents

it is every time i have to bring up my plight some white man is telling me that I'm crazy
but is kind enough to praise my English
or say that we are all given the same opportunities
when he has a family history of wealth
and I don't even know my family history at all

it is the justification of police brutality like what did that person do? well I'm sure it doesn't hurt as much
when the victim doesn't look like you

it is throwing out a qualified applicant cuz
their name sounded too African American

it is Newports being imported into black communities but black boys exported for weed
it is big plastic asses being called fat when we naturally have them
it is an Australian woman as the new classic of rap music

it is everyone who hears this poem,
and dismisses all this truth I just spit

that is white privilege.

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