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Privileged white person: I'm not interested in your discomfort

January 15, 2020

Uncomfortable when you see a homeless person on the street.
Uncomfortable when they ask you for money.
Uncomfortable when they walk towards you.
Uncomfortable when they "look at you funny".
Might be ok with helping them now and then,
but if they knocked on your door you'd never let them in.
Uncomfortable when you see someone sleeping in the carpark,
but don't bat an eye when you see the system.


Privileged white person: I'm not interested in your discomfort.

Cross the street when you see a group of brown people standing around.
Feel safe around the police because they don't put people who look like you in the ground.
In primary school I was bullied for my skin colour.
"Terrorist"
"Paki"
"Indian"
"Freshie"
"Go back where you came from"


Privileged white person: I'm not interested in your discomfort.


Talk about Africa like it's one place and not a whole fucking continent.
You can't tell who I am by my fucking skin colour!
15 years old, stopped by the police for jogging.
When you see a brown person running you gotta stop it.
I keep my beard short to look less like an Arab.
My Mama left England 'cause she got shit for her hijab.
Tell me to pull myself up by my bootstraps, follow my dreams.
But I don't even get an interview when they see my name is Ibrahim.
Always the one pulled aside -- "randomly checked"
That's why I tell you to keep your privilege in check.


Privileged white person: I'm not interested in your discomfort.


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