This College Student Used A Sword To Demonstrate White Privilege On Her School's Campus

"That is the reality of the institutionalized racism in the United States."

Colgate University recently made headlines after the school was put on lockdown for several hours over false reports of an active shooter. It later turned out that the incident began when a Black student was seen with a glue gun he was using for a school project.

Many students at the New York liberal arts college were angered by this revelation, sparking Black Lives Matter demonstrations on campus. One student, Jenny Lundt, took to Facebook to share a personal story that revealed a disturbing double standard.

"THIS is what white privilege looks like," she wrote alongside a photo of herself holding a sword. "This is me, only one year ago on this very campus, running around the academic quad with a fucking sharp metal sword. People thought it was funny. People laughed- oh look at that harmless, ~ silly white girl ~ with a giant sword!!"

Lundt then pointed to the recent glue gun incident, arguing that the "limited information that was released put all black men on this campus in danger and at risk of being killed." 

"That is the reality of the institutionalized racism in the United States," Lundt continued. "If you think for even a second this wasn't profiling, ask yourself why this sword is still in my room and has not ONCE made anyone uncomfortable. No one has EVER called the police on me."

"White Colgate students, we need to do better," she concluded, adding the hashtag #blacklivesmatter. 

Her message has since gone viral, with more than 15,000 shares as of this writing. Lundt later updated her post to share that this in itself is evidence of White privilege at work. "My privilege allowed me to share my story. My privilege and my influential friends and thus their influential friends made this post go 'viral,' " she wrote. "All of that is privilege at work."

Lundt later shared part of an open letter from Sahil Gadhavi, who had something to say to those who praised Lundt while ignoring the people of color who fight to make their voices heard on the same issues day after day. He used his own experience as an example.

"Where is this immediate acceptance of the truth when I tell people that I have been consistently racially profiled every time I fly in from India because of the melanin in my skin, my hair, and my beard?" he asked. "Why do we face the suspicion while Jenny Lundt receives only praise?"

He thanked Lundt for speaking up, but pointed out that her message likely would not have been received with as much praise if she were Black.

"I only write this to help people realize that even in exposing white privilege as she did, she is only exposing even more white privilege through the stark difference between the massive positive response from white people she's been receiving and the negative responses she clearly would have received had she been a black person trying to talk about white privilege instead," Gadhavi wrote in the letter, which can be read in full on YourTango.

Lundt thanked Gadhavi and others for sharing their experiences, and challenging her "to think more critically about my role in this conversation and the amount of space that me and my whiteness are taking up."

Ultimately, Lundt hopes her post will encourage other White people to examine their own privilege, and call out inequality when they see it. "Have these conversations and find the own 'swords' in your life- with things you could get away with that your friends of color could not," she urged. "Challenge racist jokes. Challenge stereotypes and hold your white friends accountable."

(H/T: Indy100)