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The Five Stages of White Privilege

posted Aug 29, 2014, 8:37 AM by Anjuan Simmons   [ updated Nov 19, 2014, 7:36 AM ]
The situation in Ferguson has galvanized the country in a way that I don't even think the Trayvon Martin case was able to accomplish. I hope we'll have more discussions about race in America, but I honestly don't think that much will change. However, I was happy to see the pastor of a church in St. Louis called The Journey address the unrest in Missouri. The pastor is named Darrin Patrick, and I invite you to view the video below and read the full text of his comments here.

I left this comment on The Gospel Coalition blog which provided the text of his comments:

It's refreshing to see a White person acknowledge White Privilege. In my experience, this acknowledgement is a journey similar to the five stages of grief: Denial ("After all, I'm not a racist") , Anger ("I was offended"), Bargaining ("I grew up listening to hip hop. I had black friends ... We hung out and we partied"), Depression ("'m not sure I’ve ever been more insecure in addressing our church. My emotions are everywhere. I feel exposed. This tragedy has exposed a ton of stuff in me. I didn't sleep last night"), Acceptance ("I'm realizing how much I need to grow in my understanding of what it means to unite a city, what the gospel says about race, and how we rally around the things of God.")

White Privilege is simply this (to paraphrase MLK): "The arc of justice in America is short, and it bends toward Whiteness."