I Don't Care About Your Privilege. Check Your Bias.

Just my recent thoughts. This is completely my own opinion. Feel free to agree or disagree but no hostility please.
  1. In the wake of another week of ridiculous violence, my Facebook wall has been full of people talking about Black Lives Matter and "privilege".
  2. While I understand the idea of privilege, I think it's the wrong conversation to be having.
  3. Everyone in the U.S. had some type of privilege. Straight privilege, white privilege, male privilege, upper class privilege, light skinned black person privilege, and I can go on and on.
  4. At the end of the day, you live in a free country. Sure, it's not perfect but there are many places where it is much, much worse.
  5. How about we start a conversation about biases?
  6. Maybe because people are far more reluctant to admit that they might have biases.
  7. But newsflash. You do. We all do, whether you want to admit it or not.
  8. But recognizing those biases can help.
  9. It helps you to realize that you view certain things through a certain lens, and your biases might be clouding your views or judgement.
  10. When we learn to put those biases aside, we learn to look at things objectively.
  11. I feel when people begin to recognize and acknowledge their biases, this will bring us all closer to a mutual understanding as a part of mankind as a whole.