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PESHAWAR

Today was heartbreaking.

Let us remember the victims and there families. And let us also remember the Taliban exists because western powers funded, armed, and trained them, and corrupt governments deprived them of education, by stealing public money. Let us remember how complex this issue is.

-M

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There definitely was NOT SUPPOSED TO BE A POST JUST NOW. PLEASE.
IGNORE

I don’t really know what to blog about right now…

hmmm….

*looks at you significantly, hoping you get the cue to comment and make suggestions*

White Privilege

 

Earlier this week, my mom was standing in a line, waiting to be called. She waited and waited, watching as people from other lines got called. Eventually, she turned to the man behind her and said, “Stand in front of me. Maybe if they see a tall white man here, they’ll start calling our line.” He took her place, and was called in less than 10 seconds.

Also earlier this week, this article was sent to me: https://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/princeton-student-s-essay-on-white-male-privilege-stirs-controversy-182554683.html

It discusses a Princeton student, Tal Fortgang, who essentially argues that the concept of white privilege reduces the value of his accomplishments in an unfair way. White privlege is generally defined as  “the set of societal privileges that white people benefit from beyond those commonly experienced by people of color in the same social, political, or economic spaces.”

Fortgang argues that his ancestors lived very hard times, and that he has worked hard to achieve everything he has. I have no doubt that either of these statements are true. However, that is not to say he has not benefited from being white. One of Tal’s arguments in the article is that his family has seen many struggles–his grandfather fled Nazis in Poland, and came to America. However, as also mentioned in the article, his grandfather, if he came to America before 1952, would not have even been allowed to come here become a citizen unless he was white. Which he was.

This is the thing I really want to put out there–White people should not be afraid of the concept of white privilege. Well, we should all be afraid of it. But they shouldn’t feel afraid for themselves. If you are white, you are a product of white privilege, to some extent. This is not to say you have lived an easy life, or that you don’t work hard, or that you are in anyway a bad person. It simply acknowledges that there are some things that people of color have to endure that you likely do not. Hate crimes, for example. Random searches by police and security, discrimination when applying for jobs, under-representation in the media. These are not things white people have to be worry about for themselves. But they are a daily reality for many people of color.

Say a white guy and a black guy are both born into impoverished families. Their lives are identical, except for their races. Will the white guy still face difficulties in life? Of course. Would I call his life easy? Not at all. But would he have to worry about being the victim of a racially-fueled hate crime? Probably not. And that’s really all that the concept of white privilege is saying. It does not determine the kind of life–easy or hard–white people will lead. It just acknowledges that, in today’s society, white people are viewed in a different way than non white people. This is just undeniable.






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-M

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HELLO

Listen, it’s been a week. I’m sure it’s been some form of a week for you too. So let’s do something fun this post. Let’s just chat. No. Even Better. Let’s chaat.

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Anyone? Anyone? (K DO ME A QUICK FAVOR AND PLS TYPE “ANYONE” AND SEE IF YOU SPELL IT “ANYWONE” BC I DID IT LIKE 5 TIMES.)

 

Speaking of chaat…I miss food in India. And I miss how often people eat in India. When we were there, skipping meals was totally out of the question. In fact it was more acceptable to have 2 dinners in one night than no dinner. And I’m a 2 dinner type of girl NOMSAYN.

 

 

Oooh has anyone seen Disco Singh?

 

 

 

 

 

For those who don’t know, its a Panjabi movie that was just released and it’s said to be REALLY good, as it has a super talented cast and crew. I can’t wait to watch it, but until then I will be patiently waiting. Here in America…in the Bible Belt. Yeah it might be a while.

 

OH YEAH AND ALSO

HAPPY VAISAKHI GURPURAB EVERYONE!

Vaisakhi is a festival marking the beginning of the harvest season in Northern areas of the Indian subcontinent, celebrated by many religions–

 

 

 

But for Sikhs it’s also a religious holiday, because on Vaisakhi of 1699, our tenth prophet, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, gave Sikhs their identity (uncut hair, karas, kirpans, etc.) and established the warrior-mentality that Sikhs would use to fight injustice and violations of human rights. Jusreign explains it pretty well–

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHvZeo057jc

 

ANYWAYS. Yeah. That’s about…all I got? Idk. Listen guys. I have a lot of stuff I want to post about. Like deep stuff you know. BUT I JUST DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW HOW IT’S GON GO. But obviously I have to because the posts tend to be dull these days, because I’m not talking about what’s on my mind–which is always when the interesting posts happen. So okay. This is my promise to you. Next Monday, I’m going to talk about something big. Something that’s been irking me. I don’t know what it’ll be, but it’ll be good.

 

See you then?

-M 🙂

 

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