- Jan 2019
- Portland, OR
Despite what some want you to believe, many of us are born with privilege the rest of the world is born without. If you are born white and/or male, then you are born a leg up against everyone else and an establishment that will favor you over equally qualified people. You live on stolen Indian land, and emit massive amounts of CO2 that are going to make the lives of billions in the future and in developing countries a living hell. You are taking jobs and getting seats in colleges that could have gone to minorities and women if they had the same chance as you. Your ancestors enslaved African Americans for centuries and forced them into second-class status in the Jim Crow era, and there is still major discrimination now. Gays, Trans and lesbians had to hide their identities and live an empty lie for centuries or else face death, and even today face intense bullying and discrimination for being who they are. Today, many of you exploit the labor of hard-working "illegal" immigrants and still give them second class status while threatening to kick them out. This is the new Jim Crow. For a start, I'd like you to at least admit your privilege, and then we can have a real conversation about race and sex.