I’m not one for making political statements, but sometimes I feel the need to speak up. This article will NOT be an attack on anyone, but just my honest opinion about how I see the world. If you disagree with me, that’s perfectly fine and I welcome your opinions. I only ask that you express those opinions in a kind and open-minded way, as I will try to do now.
Do you remember when you were born, and you picked out what race you wanted to be? You don’t? Well, that’s because it doesn’t work that way. No one has a choice what life they were born into, but they can decide what to do with what they’re given.
I am white, and I had no choice in that. Just like you don’t have a choice in being your race. That’s just who you are, and you shouldn’t have to apologize for that. Yes, you may think that because I’m white I have more privileges, but I will never apologize for the colour of my skin. I will never apologize for the mistakes of my ancestors who stole First Nations’ land (and are all dead now, by the way). I will never carry the shame of other people’s wrongdoings or a decision I had nothing to do with. No one should have to apologize for these things.
I will, however, apologize if I act like a jerk or make a mistake in the present. I will feel guilt for bad things that I myself have done, but you can’t expect me to feel bad for the sole reason that I am white. I don’t expect any race to feel that way. I couldn’t care less what race you are. As long as you’re a good person, I’ll treat you with the respect you deserve.
We need to stop judging everyone just because of how they look. Isn’t that the message we’ve been trying to teach ourselves for the last couple hundred years?? No one should be exempt from that. I don’t think it’s right to shame any white person, or any person in general, that had nothing to do with another race’s oppression. If you’re just looking for something to complain about it, that’s not a productive way to live.
When is everyone on this Earth going to stop paying the price for something that happened so long ago? Can’t we just learn from the past and move on? Stop making people feel bad for things they literally cannot control. I don’t know the life that you’ve lived, because I’m not you. You don’t know my life either, and though our struggles may be different, my life isn’t privileged just because I’m white.
Nowadays, many businesses strive to hire diverse people so they’re not seen as discriminatory. There are tons of scholarships for First Nations that others don’t have. I’m not saying this is a bad thing. My point is that the world isn’t as racist as it used to be. It’s still a problem, or course, but so many people make blanket statements about certain races that just aren’t true for each individual.
All I ask is that people respect each other. You don’t have to agree with their views or the way they live, but you do have to understand that there’s nothing you can do to change it. People believe what they want to believe, and they hold onto the past for dear life. Well, I say, let go and start doing the best you can to survive like the rest of us.