I had an experience last summer that really helped me see my own privilege...
I'm really grateful for all of the dialogue that's going on with the Black Lives Matter movement and I think it opened up my eyes a little bit. I grew up in a rural community that wasn't all that diverse. I wanted to understand other people's experiences and...you know, find ways to promote more equality. But I guess I had an experience last summer that really helped me see my own privilege.
I had a headlight out on my car and I've never, you know, ever been pulled over by the police before. And I was pulled over, the light was out, I just got in a small accident and so I was already stopped and, you know, having never had been pulled over I didn't know what to do, and the police officer was taking a long time behind my car, so I got out of the car.
Like I know that you're definitely not supposed to do that, but I was just shaken up and confused and he just told me to get back in the car. You know, so in a very respectful manner, I never felt anger. And he said “oh no, that's not what you're supposed to do. Get back in the car and wait.” And, you know, then, he wrote me a ticket for my headlight, and after that I thought about all the news stories that are coming out about other people who have different experiences, you know, from people of color.
And, what if I was a Black man who had never had a ticket, and who had never had a problem with his car and had never been pulled over in his life, and I can be able to have that experience and be able to expect it. So that experience is, I think the one that really drove home how I experience my privilege, you know, who I am