Georgia NeSmith
2 min readOct 12, 2021


Sorry, sir. YOU JUST DON'T GET IT.

Tell me. How many times has someone been beaten up, harassed, taken to jail on trumped up charges, lied about in court with judge and jury clearly prepared to pick "guilty"? How about beaten up in jail by cops?

How many white people have been arrested for the sole circumstance of their color?

Like ever so many white people, you have a very narrow definition of white privilege. How many white people have had to pay higher mortgage rates than black people. How many have walked into a store and been glared at, watched over closely, and then treated roughly by sales personnel who are convince the person is a shoplifter...solely because of skin color?

How many well dressed white women have walked into a high class hotel wearing expensive evening wear, and then stopped by security and told to leave because the white security guard assumed they were prostitutes?


It's a whole big cultural thing. It is second class citizenship--which often includes major efforts to stop you from VOTING?

I don't understand why so many white people don't get this. I've understood it for about 20 years, with my consciousness increasing especially in the last 10, and informed by 20 years of living in black neighborhods as well as SIGNIFICANT STUDY on my part, plus working closely with black female graduate students to ensure that they didn't add to the stats of black women who didn't quite make it thanks to the unconscious racism of their faculty.

Right now -- unless you've lived and worked with black people, knowing them personally and not just as colleagues or sports partners -- comparatively speaking you know NOTHING.

The biggest problem with that, however, isn't that you don't know, but you THINK YOU DO.



Georgia NeSmith

Retired professor, feminist, writer, photographer, activist, grandmother of 5, overall Wise Woman. Phd UIA School of Journalism & Mass Communication, 1994.