white person statements:
1-I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.
2-If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure renting or purchasing housing in an area which I can afford and in which I would want to live.
3-I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me.
4-I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.
5-I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.
6-When I am told about our national heritage or about "civilization," I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.
7-I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.
8-If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on white privilege.
9-I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the staple foods which fit with my cultural traditions, into a hairdresser's shop and find someone who can cut my hair.
my statement (african person)
1-I can always arrange, (and i always do) to be in the company of other Africans, African Americans.
2-If I choose to move, dependent on my 'credit-history,' and finances i can move in whatever neighborhood I desire. I have chosen to live in a predominately african neighborhood. if i so desired i could move to a 'white-neighborhood.'
3-i can not be 'sure' of anything. there are dangerous areas in my neighborhood. however, i would say though that for the most part my neighborhhod is peaceful and my neighbors cordial.
4-myself and my wife are quite comfortable shopping alone. iani refuse to be 'afaid of our own people. I can not guaranttee that i will not be followed or harassed.
5-I can turn on the television, change the channel to the appropriate station and I will see people of my race. many people of my race that are on tv, i do not particularly identify w/ however, it is a fact that i can turn on the tv and see people of my race.
6-When I am told about our national heritage or about "civilization," I KNOW THAT MY PEOPLE (AFRICANS)CONTRIBUTED GREATLY IN BUILDING THE EARLIEST CIVILIZATIONS, WRITING THE 1ST BOOKS AS WELL AS ESTABLISHING SPIRITUAL SYSTEMS THAT ARE INTACT TO THIS DAY.
7-I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race. If they are not given this info in school (my daughter is), she would receive this information in the home.
8-If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on white/black privilege. I am publishing the information as we speak on Rastafari Speaks message board. If I did not have this forum, I could at the very least type up my thoughts, take my disc to Kinkos, copy and distribute my material to those with whom I felt could benefit from my writings.
9-I own the music and art shop (seven seals Music/columbus Ohio). Its full of blessed music (composed by:african american, caribeean, african, latin artists) books art, etc. when i am in the mood for 'strictly african food, i forward to my bredrin ethiopian restaurant for injera an lentils, or to my sister from sierra leone's restaurant/grocery store for some fufu and veggie stew. don't need to go to hairdresser, as i am livicated to the tenets of the nazarene vow which prohibits iani from taking a razor to i crown, hence i havent had a need for a haridresser in 10+ years.
to be cont...
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