Black Woman Starts GoFundMe ‘White Privilege’ Campaign

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Yaya M

One woman has started a tongue-in-cheek crusade for compensation for the obstacles she has had to face as a black woman. GoFundMe user Yaya M. has already gained 10 thousand Facebook likes and almost $4,000 of donations since she launched her online campaign to “gain white privilege” last Wednesday.

On her page, she explains:

“I am writing you today to ask that you assist me in acquiring some white privilege. Although I have layered oppressions that have affected my ability to access my slice of the American Pie™, no issue has affected me more readily than my lack of white privilege.”

“From being assumed to have ‘cheated’ my way into programs for gifted children AND college (via affirmative action), to having my natural hair viewed as unprofessional amongst professional peers, to having people make negative assumptions about my competency level, interests, and job knowledge, to being viewed as naturally dangerous or threatening, my lack of white privilege has created numerous obstacles as I’ve struggled to successfully compete in a white-dominated workforce.”

Yaya says she aims to raise $135,000—she even breaks down how she came up with that specific figure, in case any of her followers were wondering:

“For those of you interested to know how I came up with a dollar amount for white privilege the answer is less complex than you might think. As someone who has historically been classified by the United States government as a Black/African American woman, I’ve been earning anywhere from 63-69% of what a white man makes for the same work since I entered the workforce in 1999. Even if I control for part-time work as a teenager and consider increases in pay as I grew older/more experienced and changed my field, that still averages out to about a $9000 deficit for each year I’ve been employed. Multiply that by 15 years of hustle and you have my total.”

Yaya recently added a cheeky message to all those who have taken time out to write back to her and forcefully deny the existence of “white privilege” in society:

“I thank you most of all for showing me that 1) you can not only have so much privilege that you believe everything you think is so relevant that it simply MUST be posted here, right now, for the world to see but your privilege also provides you plenty of time to spread your snugly little rage blankets across the internets whenever someone points out said privilege. Hopefully, sometime soon, I will also have enough privilege to spend prime daytime working hours harassing strangers. Although, to be perfectly honest, I’d probably just waste it looking at cat videos.”

Photo Credit: Yaya M, GoFundMe 

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