You might remember a video we produced a couple of weeks ago about a college being on lockdown for four hours after a student carrying a glue gun for an art project was mistaken for a person carrying a weapon.
Well, a fellow Colgate University student has come forward, posting a photo of herself welding a sword on the exact same campus. Jenny Lundt reiterates and questions society's intrinsic connection between being white and being free.
"THIS is what white privilege looks like," she wrote. "This is me, only one year ago on this very campus, running around the academic quad with a f****** sharp metal sword. People thought it was funny. People laughed- oh look at that harmless, ~ silly white girl ~ with a giant sword!!"
As Jenny's post got more and more recognition, the student updated the caption to include: "I just want to remind everyone viewing/ sharing this that this narrative is not about me and my feelings. This story and the event that happened last week is about are people of colour that are oppressed each and every day by this institution and this country at large and I in no way meant to take the conversation away from them and their stories."
Jenny's primary message takes aim at white people, encouraging them to realise their privileges and to understand that the colour of their skin determines whether or not they get targeted for a crime they did not commit.
"If every white person reading my posts commits to doing better in their own lives, we can create a paradigm shift that can ripple through all of our communities and the world at whole. We need to do better to uplift the POC in this country and that is on us."
We applaud Jenny for coming out with this powerful message, and hope it opens people's eyes to the issue of white privilege in policing societal rules.