Kelly Smoot is completely insane.

“The loss of the charmed life associated with being a White person in America.”

Uhm. What? Errr…. What? Please explain this charmed life you talk of I sure have never experienced it. Everything I got was from HARD WORK.

“The loss of potentially every close relationship with other White friends and family members who refuse to acknowledge or amend their behaviors that reinforce systemic oppression.”

Uhhhhmmmm What? Errrr… WHAT!

Systemic oppression? You mean the TEN TRILLION DOLLARS spent to raise up black savages who are generally dumb worthless imbeciles to try to get them to slightly and vaguely seem like middle class americans with FREE COLLEGE PREFERENTIAL HIRING and QUOTAS and TONS OF PAYOLA WELFARE while they STILL continue to act like savages raping and murdering and setting on fire our GRANDMOTHERS?

“Would they truly want to wake up tomorrow, in an America in which my life mattered just as much as theirs, if it came at the cost of all they have come to know and enjoy in the vein of White privilege?”

Uhhhh What?

Let’s “check” my privilege. Did I get free college. Uhm NOPE! Did I get preferential treatment in hiring due to my race. Uhm NOPE! Did I get trillions in payola handouts to stop me from rioting. UHM NOPE.

I say again, these people ARE NUTTERS.

White people say they want to be an ally to Black people. But are they ready for sacrifice?

If the White people in my life could hit a button and instantly remove the privileges afforded to them along racial lines, would they hit that button?

Kelsey Smoot

Mon 29 Jun 2020 06.29 EDTLast modified on Tue 30 Jun 2020 04.10 EDT

The truth is, genuine allyship is not kindness, it is not a charitable act, nor is it even a personal commitment to hold anti-racist ideals – it is a fall from grace. Real allyship enacted by White Americans, with a clear objective to make equitable the lived experiences of individuals across racial lines, means a willingness to lose things. Not just the extra $50 in one’s monthly budget by way of donating to an organization working towards racial justice. I mean palpable, incalculable loss. The loss of the charmed life associated with being a White person in America. Refusing a pay raise at one’s job and insisting that it be reallocated to co-workers of color who are undoubtedly being underpaid. The loss of potentially every close relationship with other White friends and family members who refuse to acknowledge or amend their behaviors that reinforce systemic oppression. The loss of bodily safety, by way of physically intervening when violence is being inflicted on to Black bodies.

This notion, one of true allyship, extends so far beyond the purview of contemporary White engagement with racial justice that it seems fanciful; almost laughable. I hardly ever allow myself the mental space to contemplate it. To wonder, if the White people in my life could hit a button and instantly remove the privileges afforded to them along racial lines, would they hit that button? Would they truly want to wake up tomorrow, in an America in which my life mattered just as much as theirs, if it came at the cost of all they have come to know and enjoy in the vein of White privilege? To expect true allyship from the White people in my life would be to ask them to be willing to sacrifice the thing that they covet most, though they may never be truly conscious of it: their Whiteness. So, I don’t. I respond to each message I receive with “thank you for thinking of me”, place my phone face downward on my desk, and prepare for another day of navigating White America.

  • Kelsey Smoot is a PhD candidate at William & Mary in American studies and clearly has learned NOTHING