As I’m starting this post, I have no idea how long or how short it will be, but sometimes that’s the point of a blog; to write off the top of your head about matters that are important to you.
I’ve been wanting to write a post about the political climate of America for a long time now, but I always end up overthinking it or feeling like I’m saying the wrong thing. That’s why today I am just going to write whatever comes to mind. I know my blog is not for rants, especially political ones. I get it if you want to click out, that’s fine.
Today, I am going to be talking about privilege. Some of you may have a lot, some of you may have very little. I, myself, am privileged in just about everything except for the fact that I am a girl. I am white, middle class, Christian, straight and cisgender. Yes, sometimes I am blinded by my privilege, but I am trying to change that every single day. Instead of going through life, not caring about what happens to others as long as my life is fantastic, I am striving to help others who aren’t as fortunate.
Here’s something to think about: Just because something doesn’t affect you, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t fight for it.
Just because you’re white, doesn’t mean you can’t support the Black Lives Matter movement. Just because you’re Christian, doesn’t mean you can’t accept other religions, just because you’re straight and cisgender, doesn’t mean you can’t support the LGBTQ+ community.
Honestly, it means quite the opposite.
Use your privilege and platform, to lift up the oppressed, to shed light on struggles minorities face. Find a way to give them a louder voice, boost their visibility, and spread their messages. This is so important. We should all support and gain knowledge from one another.
What just happened in Charlottesville, what happened to the 49 in Pulse last year, what happens almost daily to black men when confronted by police is not acceptable. Period.
Realize there are changes to be made and people to be confronted. If you’re in a place of privilege, that doesn’t mean you get to sit back and relax. If you don’t agree with the awful events that are happening, don’t just shake your head and frown. Think of what you can do to help and work towards stopping hate crimes and terrorism. Understand that you’re not the only person in the world and stand up for those who aren’t treated as equal to you.
Just because something doesn’t affect you, doesn’t make it irrelevant or meaningless.
Take off your privilege blinders and become aware of the world around you.
We can do this.
ORGANIZATIONS TO CHECK OUT
Thanks for reading this post. I hope you got something out of it and plan to check out one or more of the organizations above. This was very different from my usual content and on Wednesday my normal lifestyle post will be up.