WE ENDED THE PREVIOUS YEAR with a big sigh and dutifully wished each other a better 2021. Life coaches out there will tell you that positive thinking will get things done, yet sometimes it becomes evident that there’s more to it than just well-wishing.It’s merely been 11 days and we’ve been seeing some wild things unfolding, and it’s far from over.
That’s a mild way to put it. I am referring to the attempted coup south of the border, and for anyone saying well, thank God it’s not happening here… well, by now we know that it is and it’s just as ugly, just at a smaller scale.
I want to bring forth a particular aspect that was referred to repeatedly during the riot and since by regular folks, scholars, politicians and journalists alike: white privilege.
Ibram X. Kendi, bestselling author and director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, put it bluntly, ‘White privilege is on display like never before in the U.S. Capitol. If these people were Black…well, we all know what would be happening right now.’