White Privilege

his skin is
beautiful
but he speaks
of the colonialism
that’s embedded
in it and
the oppression
he was born
from

his skin is beautiful
but his mother
preferred the
milky white tones
of the other boy
she birthed
and made sure
he knew it

his skin is beautiful
but the white man’s
ignorance
is grand

he tells me he works
in what his
white peers
call ‘the exotic room’

this makes me want
to cry
fragile white tears

his skin is beautiful
but i don’t dare
tell him that
after the talk
we just had
my whiteness
wrapping its
hands around my
throat and squeezing
so hard
that my
vocal chords
fall out

I wasn’t aware of my own ignorance and privilege until I talked to this boy. I have posted some tools on how we as white people can become an ally to our black communities. Racism exists everywhere, even in a country that I thought was pretty liberal. I am Dutch and the more I learn about our country’s history, the more I realise I know nothing. Stay safe, be kind and keep and open mind and heart. Listen.