OpEd: What Are You Doing With Your Privilege?

Today I had to respond to my cousin who I love, who I looked up to. Who has inspired me to be a better person and I had to make her check her privilege.

We just can’t sit back anymore and allow all this hate to happen, even if it doesn’t affect you!

What starts as temporary will become permanent. We have to learn from our past.

Here is what she posted. If you’re unaware on Friday, Donald Trump signed an executive order to place a ban on all people traveling from 7 Muslim-majority countries, Iraq,  Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US. What started as 30 turned into 90 and now 120 days, with the heaviest ban on Syrian refugees saying, “I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry.”

Immediately, those flying into the US were halted before boarding their flights and  told they were unable to board. Those who were already inflight were detained at airports across the US.

Protests erupted all around the US, Saturday and today in the response to the ban and those who have been detained.

With that being said, my cousin decided to post this:


In response, in QueenKongie fashion, you know I had to say something.


Seriously, if you are in a position of power, what are you going to do with your privilege? Are you just going to sit back and let sh*t happen because it’s none of your business and it benefits you?

Well, when history rewrites itself, you better take responsibility and accountability for your non-involvement to help.

When you meet your maker, I hope he asks, what have you done for people who are not in your congregation? What have you done for people who have a disability? What have you done for your enemy?


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