"Remember, whites and blacks have lived in the same country for years, and have completely different paths. The idea of privilege differs among whites based on social class, but it is still present nevertheless. I gave an everyday example that would not even make one of my friends blink. For example, my white friend and I were discussing race, and I told her, Casi, there are some parts of your life that you do not even consider a privilege because you are use to the world being a certain way. Whereas, I see that everyday situation as a hurdle. I asked her, Casi, when you call for a hair appointment, how do you make that appointment. She looked at me strangle, and said, “I just ask what times they have available.” I said, through that very simple statement, you have made the assumption that not only that they will be able to do your hair, but you’ve also assumed that they can do your hair. When I call for a hair appointment, I have to ask, depending upon the area, “Can you do black hair?” In the area I live in blacks have been here long enough for someone to know how to do their hair. After calling 15 hair salons, I eventually found one. Even though this is not a malicious example, it is an example of how whites simply do not understand how society has allowed them to have assumptions, and how those assumptions are readily made a reality."
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