Today I took an uber to work as usual. Once arriving at my destination my uber pulled over at a side street blocking its intersection. As I exited the vehicle to go to my place of employment, a woman in a catering truck began to turn onto this side street. With me in the middle of the road she had to ride up on the side walk, or wait for me to cross. She chose the sidewalk. Shaking her head looking at me with discuss. I replied “So your going to run me over?
She rolls down her window saying ” in going to get rolled over”.
Now I’m in foot. She’s in a catering van. But she’s gonna get rolled over by traffic, that is at a stand still behind her. Yeah right.
I did not curse her but I had to yell my response do to loud construction on the other side of the street. ” Don’t be rude, have some consideration. I’m a pedestrian I have the right if way. If I knew where you worked I’d report your driving. Have some respect for people.”
Her response “I know where you work. I’m gonna call them and report you. ” I told her that’s fine I’m standing right here at it. I knew I wasn’t in the wrong. Every commercial van has a call about my driving sticker on the back. This one had no sign of business. So I took a deep breath and went on with my day. An hour late my manager asks do I kniw about a incident with a woman. I told him what happened. He said the woman said I threatened her. I told him I had no reason too. I had witnesses thankfully. The construction men and a co worker saw the incident. I told my manager it’s amazing how a blue eyed, blonde haired woman can call and say I threatened her and I’m automatically accused. He was quite.This is the same man who thought a young man in a Philly Starbucks was lawfully arrested for looking suspicious. Even in that instance I had to explain to him if your big and black it does not make you a threat. What it my managers big white behind was in the same position. Would that be ok.
Sometimes people don’t see how white priceless effects others. It made me angry. But natural selection is all perception. It’s based on demographics by nature. What you see becomes your beauty. What you are exposed to becomes your environment. White privilege will never become extinct. Because of natural selection it has to exist. The brightest species gets all the attention, love, and respect.
However, we can change how we deal with it. People only bow to fear or admiration. Pick one. You bow to natural selection out of beauty, or kneel to white privilege out of fear. Remember beauty is in the eye of the beholder.