ANDY COFINO, Program Coordinator for the LGBT Center
Regardless of what I've been through and the different struggles I've had in my life, at the end of the day, I am a white man, and I access privilege and power because of my race and gender. I am never assumed to be a thief and followed by security in department stores. I don't usually worry about my safety while walking alone down the street at night. I'm not afraid that getting pulled over by police for a broken tail light will end my life. In fact, I get heard and respected and often at the expense of others' not being acknowledged or being outright harmed.
Of course, I didn't ask for the material privileges of being a white man, but I understand in this society they are unfairly given to me. Therefore, part of my journey is to better understand my positionality and practice behaving in ways that productively use my privilege to be in solidarity with communities that are different than me.