A few weeks ago I sat, at a distance, with my parents for dinner, and I explained the difference between equity and equality to my mom. I did so using the illustration below.
When a Medium article popped up in my inbox and I read about how this visual example is actually white supremacy at work, I felt frustrated. I felt like am I just doing it wrong every time I talk about racism?
I can’t be wrong every time. But perhaps that’s my white fragility talking. My tendency to get offended by being set straight.
I put that reaction aside, read on, and learned that yes, in fact, that ILLUSTRATION IS WHITE SUPREMACY AT WORK!
It’s explained to well that when you’re done, you think, oh. Well, yeah, that’s really obvious now that you explain it. And then I embrace that familiar feeling of needing to readjust what I know. It’s an interesting thing – shifting over and over, but I accept it if it means learning and bettering.