White people don’t often stop to think about their skin color and how it can impact their daily living. We get up in our warm bed, in our house, go to our good, stable job, come home to make supper, bath our healthy babies, and go to bed.
What does that same day look like for say, a person of color? They get up in their warm bed in a place they have made home. Often people of color have immigrated, or they are stereotyped as being irresponsible, so it is difficult for them to get a mortgage. Maybe they rent an apartment with a shitty landlord, maybe they own a house that they had to jump through every loop to get. I know this because I was a finance manager in a dealership for the last several years- a job that came relatively easy to me seeing as I’m white. They then go to work at a job that they constantly have to prove themselves at. They can’t just show up and do their work at their desk because they know everyone is waiting for them to make a mistake. If people aren’t watching them, they are most likely talking about them at some point of the day (most likely not always in a good way). Then they come home to make supper after they have brought groceries at the store where they received many looks and possibly had a secret shopper follow them throughout the store, just in the case that something might happen. They then bathed their babies, that may or may not have proper health care in a country where health care is supposed to be free, and they also may or may not have good drinking water which would obviously play a role in the health of their children.
So now that I have explained a little of what my life might look like in comparison to theirs, I guess being white helps me in every aspect of every day. I don’t receive any judgment for my skin color and therefore can get away with so many more things than a person of color can without being judged. I never really stopped to look at it but I guess we have it pretty easy!