We do not ask to be born. We do not pick our parents. We don’t pick our skin color, our ethnicity, our race, our cultural heritage. We do not pick the time we are born, the place, the town, the country.
We do not select our circumstances, our family history, education, status, wealth or lack thereof. We do not pick whether our father is a laborer or a law professor. Or whether our mother has a job or a roof over her head.
We have no control over who raises us or lets us raise ourselves. We are literally powerless when we come into this world. We are at the mercy of our birth.
Advantages and disadvantages are awarded to us differently. The exact same opportunity is not provided to us all.
Inequality is real, y’all.
Little babies are not given a choice at birth as to how smooth their life journey will be — regardless of color. I truly believe that those who say people of color don’t have a harder time of it are out of touch.
I say this as a middle-aged white woman, who was born into a stable, middle-class, educated family that provided me with multiple opportunities to improve myself. So above all, my circumstance of birth greatly contributed to my success in life. Of course I worked hard, but I would say my climb up was filled with far more advantages than my POC counterparts. I acknowledge that. I also have experienced little to no prejudice or blanket racism or hostility myself.
I acknowledge that we have a long way to go.
Here is how I vow to do a better job at standing up against inequality:
- I am going to listen to my friends of color one-on-one and better understand their experience of being a person of color in America.
- I am going to continue to support children in at-risk neighborhoods and help provide them with the resources they need to equalize their educational opportunities by supporting the Hope for Opelousas organization.
- I am going to be more mindful of how I personally speak about people of color.
- I am going to lead the entire BBR team to examine and improve our own diversity and inclusion policies, along with finding ways we can advocate for basic human rights, social justice, and anti-racism.
Remember, we all have work to do.