My cousin just emailed a link to this video. While it is likely hard for many to listen to, Kyla Jenee Lacey encapsulated a portion of the definition of white privilege in a poetic form that is striking.
Kyla Jenee Lacey gives her interpretation of white privilege
I never heard of Kyla Jenee Lacey, but I think her poem, while difficult for some who are bound to listen to it in the wrong context, is a compelling interpretation of the meaning of white privilege. Many of our white brothers and sisters, especially those living paycheck to paycheck, scoff that somehow the color of their skin affords them some privilege. Lacey touches on both the economic, the criminal, & the social. And she preempts those who would label her poem as reverse racist.
A few months ago I interviewed two wonderful women, Layla Tromble & Terri Kempton who created the Facebook page “White Nonsense Roundup.” They define their group as,
White Nonsense Roundup (WNR) was created by white people to address our inherently racist society and stand up against racism in our own families, work spaces, and communities. We believe it is our responsibility to call out white friends, relatives, contacts, speakers, and authors who are contributing to structural racism and harming our friends of color. We are a resource for anti-racist images, links, videos, artwork, essays, and voices. These can be used by anyone for a DIY white nonsense roundup, or by the WNR team to support people of color upon their request.
For those who are unable to grasp the core of Lacey’s poem, they are an excellent resource. We form a real community when everyone empathetically attempts to see another’s, reality.
Also published on Medium.