Five Minute Friday: PRIVILEGE

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Today’s prompt: PRIVILEGE

My attempt to mitigate the fact that I have been accorded all kinds of white privilege throughout my lifetime is imperfect at best.

I am pretty sure, though, that it isn’t supposed to be played out in my choice of when to see a particular movie.

I went down the Twitter rabbit hole today (I’m on Twitter throughout the day, for work and for “fun”) and saw one person tell me I should wait a week to see Black Panther:

WHITE PEOPLE BLACK PANTHER RULES

Do not see the movie in first week so that PoC have a chance to see it first.

If you’ve already bought tickets, give them to a PoC.

Post a positive review at Rotten Tomatoes. Do not wait to see the movie first.

(My reaction to this one ^^^ “Who would post a positive review without seeing a movie? There are other ways to support the movie and encourage attendance than publishing a positive review that is false because it is based on a pretense.)

Sit in the back of the theater.

I don’t see (at all) how following these “rules” does anything to help black people and white people (and …. just people ….) understand each other any better. I don’t.

But then when I was looking for the above tweet prior to writing this post, I found this tweet:

White people, let’s all go to the opening night of Black Panther and talk loudly through the entire movie.

Oh Twitter, if there had been a moment tonight when I was feeling good about humanity and race relations, that tweet (and the comments) reversed it. Easily.

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The situation reminded me of the day after the Women’s March last January, when friends/acquaintances asked me if there were pro-life women there.

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“Of course there were!” I responded. I checked with people who had been in DC (rather than Tallahassee). They confirmed their march was accepting.

I have to say in my heart of hearts, though, I don’t think my pro-life friends would have felt welcomed at the march I attended. It was a women’s march, but given the philosophical leanings that drove many of us there, my pro-life friends would not have felt comfortable.

Feeling comfortable — now THAT is a privilege.

Honestly, I think the most comfortable thing I could do about Black Panther is go with a PoC friend the first week, second week or 50th week. And we would both sit wherever we please. Together.

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16 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: PRIVILEGE

  1. Twitter – the home of brilliance and horrifying ignorance. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this perspective. I was thinking about the idea of “inclusion” earlier today and realized that often we consider inclusive to mean accepting of the previously excluded, but sometimes we do that by purposefully excluding those who were previously included. It is complicated and really difficult to be truly inclusive of all…

  2. Privilege, hmmm. Too often we define it by how much money someone has, what schools they attended. I believe God gave all of us a gift that would define each of us as “privileged.” And we need to see that in each other.

    • In this circumstance, I am 100% with you (except that it is valuable to me to know what people are saying, even if it is painful/disturbing/frustrating to read).

    • I would too. Maybe I’ll seek some feedback along those lines (but not via a general Twitter question because I think THAT could backfire!).

  3. Grrr! Twitter can be such a gift, but at the next turn, it’s just awful. I want to go see it with a friend of color together….yes!

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