I imagine "future" becomes a loaded word when it isn't guaranteed, when there's a possibility you could be staring down the barrel of something else. Saying goodbye to all your hopes and plans, at the hands of a white man.
And therein lies my privilege: I say "imagine" because I don't actually know, I don't have to know, I haven't been forced to know.
Privilege exists and I am privileged because I get to imagine, I get to wonder.
Privilege exists and I am privileged because my future has been more promised to me more than others'.
Privilege exists and I am privileged because my future isn't synonymous with fear.
We know at risk youth are less likely to transition successfully into adulthood. But what about the youth at risk of never even reaching adulthood because they're killed on a sidewalk? Or locked in cages? Or ripped away from their families that have lived longer in this country than I've been alive?
Dreaming of tomorrow is a privilege taken for granted everyday.