• Jessica Bautista

Understand your Privilege & Educate Yourselves #BLM

Updated: Jun 2

There are so many things happening in this world everyday but right now, we need to take a stand, things need to change but you can’t expect change if you don’t change.

From seeing and reading what’s on social media sometimes it can get a little overwhelming and uncomfortable, but this is not the time to shy away - this is the time to speak up. In this post, I want to share my recent thoughts I shared on my Instagram post, which you can read the full caption below, but the other main reason for this post is to share some insight into what I’ve learnt and understood from being in an interracial relationship with a white male.

I am not black, and although I am a POC, I still understand my privilege in that. Just like many, I am still learning and that is what I want to shine a light on today.⁣⁣⁣


It’s all good and done that because of our current situation, we are sharing, raising awareness and shouting for what’s right but remember to do this is compassion, this isn’t just a trend on social media. ⁣⁣⁣




When sharing a post, understand why you’re sharing it, understand who shared it, research into the story you’re sharing, acknowledge what is happening, don’t just share for the sake of sharing and saying you’ve done your part.⁣⁣⁣


Don’t be that person, don’t share without truly understanding. Don’t just share the links to petitions, sign them. If you can donate, then do so. Do your part and do it properly. ⁣⁣⁣


I understand that silence also speaks but not everyone wants to voice their opinion on social media, but with that being said - this all starts at home too; speak to your friends, your family and loved ones who make those sly ignorant comments or simply the older generation who are stuck in their old ways - speak up, correct them and create that wave to start change. ⁣



I cannot say I have been perfect in this, I am still learning, I am sorry I haven’t done more in the past but with knowledge comes power and I am choosing to continue to learn and speak up for what is right. Don’t ignore what makes your feel uncomfortable. We’re in this together, all lives cannot matter until#blacklivesmatter⁣⁣



Following from my post of educating yourself, not only have I been researching and learning what’s happening to understand the true stories and to be able to speak up with confidence, I had also been sharing my knowledge with my partner, who is a white privileged male in this society. So let’s discuss ’White Privilege.’ I don’t know about you, but again down to people who are not taking the time to educate themselves, are taking this phrase as a negative or as an insult but it is not. It is something that white people need to acknowledge, white privilege is not to say white people have no had experienced hardships in their lives, it is more of the fact that their skin colour has not been a disadvantage to how society proceeds them but knowing how to use your privilege during the hard times and to support the injustice that is happening, can speak so much.

When discussing recent events with my partner, I asked him on his thoughts and although he admits he doesn’t know enough to form an opinion, in which I respected and open up a conversation of communication and understanding.

In no way shape or form am I saying that my partner has shown any racist remarks, it’s become more of the understanding of the difference between us, between other races, again, the understanding of his privilege- I wanted to open this conversation so he gains more compassion to these hard situations that many go through daily, that situations and experiences that he will never feel in his life and that his small voice can create a change because now more than ever, it’s not enough to just not be racist, we need to be anti-racist.

This is where I believe most people can start, spark that uncomfortable conversation and help educate those who want to listen and preach to those who won’t.

This post may feel like I’m not be doing much but I don’t want to shy away from using a platform, no matter how small I have to share what I am doing what I can from my side. I am still learning, while sharing my knowledge with those who I come across and correct those who still need educating.

Please, stand up for what is right. Fight for the injustice for the Black community. Stand together because change begins with us.

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