If a potato salad Kickstarter can rack up $40,000 in a day, a campaign to gain “white privilege” might be able to reach its $135,000 goal. A New York woman named Yaya M. launched a Go Fund Me campaign to raise enough money to afford her privileges of which she has been denied.
“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,” she writes. “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’s goal is to “begin to make some headway toward closing the gap that white privilege has created in my life,” she says on the site.
She’s even offering incentives to entice donations. Dropping $5 on her cause will get her to “agree to be the black friend you are referencing when you tell people “I’m not racist, I have a black friend!”
For a $35 donation Yaya will “translate up to 5 words/phrases from AAVE (African American Vernacular English aka Ebonics0 to White American English).
The more you drop the bigger the payoff here. At $200, Yaya will “dress like a cop and harass you on the street for what will seem like no reason.” A $250 donation earns “the harassment described at the $200 level” plus someone will record the “encounter.”
So far Yaya has only brought in $5,535 over the last 11 days.
Photo: Go Fund Me