It’s Time to Rip Off the Band-Aids

Band-Aids.

They are a form of protection.

They hide our wounds from any outside substances that could enter and cause some type of pain and discomfort. Sometimes we leave the Band-Aids on so we do not have to look at the ugliness of the wound. We leave the Band-Aid on so we can act like there is no issue.

However, the wound will not heal if all you do is keep it covered with a band-aid. The wound needs to be examined, moistened with a medicated ointment. In other words, the band-aid needs to be taken off and something needs to be done with the wound.

Stick with me (get it?), this is going somewhere other than discussing band-aids and crusty wounds!

We all have wounds and discomfort that we do not want to face.

We all use Band-Aids. Whether that be metaphorically or actually.

Yet, not all of us are fortunate enough to freely purchase Band-Aids that match our flesh. Some people have to specifically order or go to a separate aisle to find special band-aids, in order to match their race.

For myself, one of my discomforts is white privilege.

I am white.

I have white privilege.

The term is becoming more prevalent and recognized in our society, however what is being done with this recognition?

Band-Aids are being placed over them. People are acting like it is not a thing or that there is nothing that they can do about it.

There is though! We have the ability and opportunity to break that silence. First step is to accept the wound under the Band-Aid, take off the Band-Aid, and start using medicated ointment to heal it.

By that I mean accept the fact that as a white individual you have the privilege of not being seen as a threat. Have the privilege of being randomly selected to be searched at an airport, and not wonder if it is because of race. Have the privilege of never being asked to speak out for all the people of your race. These are just a few examples among a plethora of privileges the white race has.

So, let’s break the silence. Start conversations that discuss white privilege, or race in general. Be open to learning about other races and even your own. Be open to learning how you can act differently. Be open to being uncomfortable and vulnerable.

Let us not be “colorblind”, but instead recognize the differences. The beautiful differences. I believe we were all created fearfully and wonderfully. I believe our wonderful God has created us each unique. With our own purposes, which includes our race and our stories. We now get to go and discover the unique purposes we have each been given. To work as one in this world.

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

Audre Lorde, Our Dead Behind Us: Poems

We cannot end this issue with just one individual, but each individual can spark a conversation that will lead to another one and another one. This could start one huge conversation that our nation needs to have. What do you say? Let’s rip those Band-Aids off and let’s start to mingle!

-A.R

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