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Read at the Risk of Feeling Uncomfortable

June 02, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

"Here's an example of how white privilege sounds. "You keep saying 'it's horrible that an innocent black man was killed, but destroying property has to stop'  Try saying,' It is horrible that property is being destroyed, but killing innocent black men has to stop.' You're prioritizing the wrong part."  This challenge to my white privilege confronted me this morning via Facebook and made me uncomfortable.

Fr. Bryan N. Massingale, a theology professor at Fordham University in New York and the author of Racial Justice and the Catholic Church invites whites to sit with some very uncomfortable feelings. He states, "The only reason for racism's persistence is that white people continue to benefit from it." Then he invites us to "Sit in the discomfort this hard truth brings. Let it become agonizing. Let it move you to tears, to anger, to guilt, to shame to embarrassment."

Massingale does not allow us to wallow in feeling helpless and to do nothing, but proceeds to suggest five things that white people can do. If you are ready to sit a while with some uncomfortable feelings and want to do something to promote change, click this link: white privilege and what we can do about it 

Peace, 
Sister Ruth Battaglia CSA

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