"When someone asks you to check your privilege, it doesn't mean you should stop talking – it means you should start listening."
In this Daily Show segment, correspondent Jason Jones highlights profiling.
The fact is, profiling is going on all the time and it is indeed disastrous for those who experience it. In the case of the IRS scandal - for once - the profiled are wealthy white people. And they certainly don't appreciate it.
It's terribly sad that Mr. Root hadn't realized just how privileged he had been (and still is), but I love that Jason Jones and his crew were there to reveal it to him.
When you think genius, who do you visualise?
Is the person white? Asian? How about Black?
I'll be honest, I think of white men. Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, Albert Einstein, John Lennon (to name a few). Of course if I set my mind to it, I can conjure a handful of brilliant black men and women - Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Art Tatum, MLK and Nelson Mandela - but they are certainly not the first names and faces that come to my mind.
Perhaps when we think of black people in general, genius is not among the first adjectives that come to mind. After all,
"If you only watched the evening news or depended on pop culture to paint a picture of young blacks, you would probably think that the majority of black youngsters were only ambitious about sports and music, or caught up in crime and debauchery."
Indeed, I can't help but wonder how much the media and pop culture play into perceptions we have of black, white, and everything in between. Or the white-washed education that we receive in American and world history classrooms.
Disregarding all that, the young black people highlighted in this article - and dubbed child geniuses - by Rolling Out are bent on changing the world as I type these very words. Perhaps they'll also change those perceptions for us.
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.