I’ve always heard that being White in America is the best thing ever. That with it come all of these perks and all of these entitlements. That White people have the most fun in the whole world. That your status in society is higher and you can further yourself and career more easily just by being white. That you won’t get random searches when traveling in the airport. That you can walk by a car filled with people at night and they won’t lock the doors out of fear. That everyone will treat you with respect. That it doesn’t matter that I can’t dance.
I stand before you today, a brown man, who has had his first taste of “Whiteness” and I am here to say that this shit sucks. This weekend I went to the beach. I applied sunscreen for the first time in my life. And for the first time in my life I have sun burn (is it one or two words?). White people, you lied to us all. For the first time in my life, I stand before you part White (due ONLY to my sunburn) and this feeling sucks. Being White sucks. Today, I may be a dark, crispy brown, but inside I feel White, only because on the outside I have some red. So White people, I feel your pain. You may have all those perks of “Whiteness” but this sunburn (tried it this way and it didn’t correct me on spell check) crap is painful. It’s not easy being White, I don’t know how you guys do it….