At a time when everyone is feeling pretty frazzled for a lot of reasons, I appreciate your meditative post KiddingMe.
I always respect it when people strive to post their thoughts with some balance. I know that has been harder for me lately because certain aspects of all of this (the pandemic and the riots etc) make me highly irritated and when I am highly irritated I get more black and white in my thinking (no pun here) and I fail to consider the shades of gray that are a part of every reality. It's as though in my mind I think if I get blunter in my approach, my views will be clearer.
Even as I type that I am laughing at myself for falling for my own nonsense because as we all know, it is human nature to agree with those who agree with us. Really changing a persons mind, however, requires facts (or it should) that are shared in a way where the facts all build on one another to present a clear picture.
I am gathering from your post that you are trying to do that. So that is specifically what I appreciated about your post.
On another note, one thing I am thinking in terms of keeping with the theme of this thread on "White Privilege" is the use of the word 'white" in combination with the word "privilege".
Privilege is very similar to power, No matter who has the power at any point - corruption follows eventually. That is why we have all heard the familiar saying "power corrupts".
I wonder if putting the word "white" in front of it is a bad idea if real dialogue and change are the goals.
If just the word "privilege" was under scrutiny then a lot of people who do not have privilege would be all ears. A great many of these people would be white.
But by prefacing privilege with "white" ears slam shut. People feel attacked.
Sometimes I wonder if black people think that achieving the majority of power in the hands of black people would better the lives of all black people.
Because it won't. Just like "white privilege" hasn't helped the majority of white people.
I'm not sure where I am going with this idea except that these are my thoughts this morning as I drink coffee and ready myself to head out the door where I hope I can stay tactful and not be offensive to anyone.