These online fundraising campaigns are getting more ridiculous by the second. First, it was guy who needed money to make potato salad (he raised over $40,000), now comes Yaya M, a Black woman in need of some of that glorious White privilege. Using GoFundMe, the New Yorker is hoping to raise $135,000. So far, she’s nearing $4,000.
Here’s how she breaks it down.
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.
If you donate, you won’t just be helping Yaya get White privilege, she’ll also reward you with Black privilege as well.
With multiple reward levels running from five dollars to $250 available, folks can do a number cool things with their black privilege, from being granted permission to touch Yaya’s natural hair, to getting a copy of her grandmother’s collard greens recipe, to having her dress up like a police officer, record her harassing you and uploading the footage on WorldStarHipHop, and a lot of more black privilege perks.
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. I am hoping that, through this campaign, I will begin to make some headway towards closing the gap that white privilege has created in my life.
In return for paying for my white privilege, I would love to give you some “black privilege” in return! Yes, it is difficult being a black person but there are some neat perks, as you will discover if you donate!
Visit Yaya’s GoFundMe here if you wish to donate.
Now I have to go figure out my own crowdsourcing hustle. Someone’s gonna pay for my boob job and it ain’t gon’ be me, dammit!