White privilege doesn’t mean all white people have an easy life. Not many of us were born with a silver spoon, and most of us have struggled with some tough times. And most of our parents had to work even harder than us in hopes of giving us a better life.

White privilege does mean that if you are white, then your skin color did not make your problems worse. It means your skin color wasn’t used against you. It also means that your skin color likely opened some doors along the way, doors not available for people of color.

If you are white, you benefit from white privilege. This is true whether or not you notice any benefits. One common “unseen” benefit for white people is not being racially profiled and pulled over by police based on skin color.

However, there’s still a lot of racist white people right here in our beautiful valley. So those whites who want to fight racism need to work harder. We need to really learn the history of racism in the U.S., because our education systems do not teach us. We can direct our school districts to provide accurate historical curriculum. We can help ensure that our criminal justice system is truly fair to all. We need to teach our children, have hard discussions with friends and family and tell our politicians to help us fight racism.

If you are concerned about racism, you cannot coast with the status quo. That is simply resting on your white privilege. Yes, I am talking to myself too. We may not do it perfectly, but we have to try. Let’s act.

Rebecca Peck

Bow

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