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March Madness - Day 23



Guest Blogger: Quiara Green


"Sometime you have to be comfortable talking about the comfortable"
                                                                              -Yara Shahidi, grown-ish


As a member of the Student Government Association, each year you are required to complete an individual project which betters the school in some way. This year one of my 2 projects is a privilede walk. 

If you are unaware of what a privilege walk is, basically everyone lines up in the center of the classroom. A series of statements are called out and if thy apply to you, you complete the instruction to either walk forward or backward. If it doesn't apply, you don't move. 

I was talking about my idea with my 2nd period anatomy and physiology table. The table is split down the middle with 3 black students and 3 white students. Of the black students, we all identify as female and 2 of the 3 white students identify as male. '

There is one of my table mates who has made it clear they are a strong right-wing conservative, which I have absolutely no issue with. We were discussing my project and this particular student was trying to downplay privilege, seemingly to ignore that fact that he has privilege himself, as do I. 

Me and one of the other black students were trying to explain the fact that everyone has privilege and it tuned into a verbal disagreement. Neither of the opposing sides were attacking the other or being rude or nasty, and no profanity was involved; we were just having an educated argument/conversation. 

One of the other classmates, the only white female, interjected saying (verbatim), "We are not having this discussion. We are not having this discussion" over and over. Suddenly a switch snapped inside of me and I (perhaps rudely) told her she wasn't in the conversation to begin with so SHE wasn't discussing anything...haha oops

This is all of relevance because I cut on popular spin-offs of ABC show Black-ish, grown-ish. In the episode they were discussing safe spaces for different communities and an argument arose making everyone uncomfortable. 

It was such a coincidence because I recall having the same conversation hours prior. 

This was a lesson in the sense that whether you are 14 or 94, you WILL experience something that makes you uncomfortable, such as a taboo topic like gay marriage. Having these conversations allow you to expand your mind and also aid in the development and shaping of your own views, beliefs, and ideas. 

Are you willing to to get comfortable having an uncomfortable conversation?

Comments

  1. Always willing but seldom have the opportunity as it usually turns VERBALLY wrong before the actual conversation can take place. Great Blog Post and Never Back Down from what You believe and as always continue to those conversations in an educated tone.

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