We all have privileges.
If you are reading this now, you are privileged in many ways. Some of these advantages you have been born with, while others you fought to receive. Some, as we are reminded by today’s “Strike for Black Lives,” have been won through collective action.
While I am a minority, I understand I have privileges that Black people don’t. In 1965, an Immigration Act was passed that enabled Indian Americans, especially those with specialized professional skills, to enter into this country. If you were proficient, smart, and skilled, America welcomed you–a starkly different invitation compared to how Black slaves were brought into the country.
Yet, when 9/11 occurred, I sat in my middle school classroom suddenly wanting more than anything to be White. While we watched the news blaring from the TV, I didn’t want any of my classmates to turn around and see