Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Got White Privilege?

White Privilege Defined

What is white privilege? How can one recognize it?

Here is a story of a very close friend. The friend happens to be a white friend.

1.      Started working at the age of seven. Started school at the age of eight. Work always came before school. Often had to get up at 5 am to do chores before walking one hour to school. Had one thing helping, a very easy to detect parent privilege.

2.      Loved school just as much as work. Soon was at the top of the class. Everyone else thought that school hard. Thought school was easy. Loved math and knew math was critical to achieving anything in life.

3.      Worked very hard during school breaks. Was not bothered by those who had an easier life early on. Knew that success would only come from doing what others were reluctant or refusing to do.

4.      Loved college and immersed in studies. Found learning fascinating. Always prayed to God to give good health and the ability to study and prepare. Prayed like everything depended on God and worked like everything depended on self.

5.      Chose to get a great education. Did not care about being popular. Care most about learning and enjoying the work at hand. Accumulated great experiences at young age. Listened to people that had results.

6.      Went to work for a great company. Researched best companies to work for, those that were profitable and rewarded great performance. Chose the company that hired individuals that were hungry with a positive attitude and outlook on the future.

7.      Took on projects that were very difficult. Preferred to do work others rejected. Saw all people with great potential. Inspired others to do their best.

Is it fair this friend is enjoying the white privilege today?

Thank you for reading and reflecting on today’s nuggets.          

Be blessed and be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana
Author of the book Priceless, Co-author of the book Follow to Lead

"The future belongs to those who can see and pursue opportunities before they are obvious."
"Those that take swift action will always leave those that don't breathing the dust."

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