I planned on talking about Black History Month mainly because someone on Facebook brought up the interesting question on McDonald’s motives with discussing “365 Black” only in February… so here we go.
So tending to 2 sick women (Ms. Blogmaster and Salt), the question was raised (by Salt’s white boyfriend who’s doing an anthropology paper) on the Privilege of Black people. This on the twilight of Black History Month no less.
So we got the thinking.
and did some more thinking…
I even went so far as to ask four black people online.
I mean sure, we heard things like “more financial aid”, “genetically more athletic”, even “Free use of the ‘N’ Word”.
The problem is, no one had a real answer. NO one could answer the question. In the age of America finally getting a black president, and Black Coaches winning Super Bowls… We as a people still have no privileges.
Think about this for a moment: What IS privilege?
Dictionary.com says it’s:
- a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by a person beyond the advantages of most
- a special right, immunity, or exemption granted to persons in authority or office to free them from certain obligations or liabilities
and the list goes on. Pretty much nothing that Wii we as a people can claim.
I did a little research to see what others had to say about this topic.
One author actually made a list of “Privileges” that black men seem to have. Personally, I’m skeptical about this list as it seems to have a pretty underhanded tone. It’s mildly NSFW.
I want you to take the rest of this Black History Month to really marinate meditate on this topic. Let’s discuss it here.
Is there a “Real” Privilege to being black ?