Treyvon Martin’s blood is on your hands, too. All of you.
See, racism starts with you, continues with you, ends with you. Racism happens at the dinner table, when that “racist family member” casually mentions hunting “the niggers” down in the woods. Racism happens when…
I don’t have enough hours in the day to explain how this is completely racist in itself.
Yes, attack a whole group of people based off a few individuals and cliches.
That makes you so much better than the enemy.
Also, on a side note: if a family member every casually mentioned “hunting down niggers” in the woods, even if it was completely and totally a joke, I would never fucking talk to them again.
Racism is when the group of people in power discriminates other groups of people due to race. In America (and most other parts of the world) white people have set up a system of white supremacy that puts everyone who is not white at a disadvantage. Discrimination is treating someone differently because they fit into a certain group. white people cannot be oppressed. Hurt feelings do not equate to the systemic oppression that racism is rooted in. They can be DISCRIMINATED against and victims of prejudice, but you cannot be racist towards white people as a POC. And stereotyping leads to murders.
No. I’m sorry. We’re going to have to disagree on this. You can give me a textbook definition of racism, but this is unfair. This post calls out “white people” and blames them for something. Not every white person is part of a systematic oppression. Plenty of white people are fighting to remove racism from our culture. This is so unfair. Yes, there are racist white people. No, it is not fair to place blame on a whole people based on a few individuals who happen to be terrible and insane. I am seriously insulted. I feel attacked. I pretty much popped out of the womb crying for equal rights and opportunity. Making white people sound worse than any other people is not calling for equal rights—it just makes you sound close minded in your faux open mindedness. I do not and will not be judged by a group of people whose demographic I happen to share. I am an individual with my own thoughts and feelings.
I personally don’t blame all white people for x y and z, what I do agree with in that post is that white supremacy and whiteness are the problems. And once that’s known, maybe things can begin to change. But until that happens, things will stay the same. Rooted in a place that no one should be and that puts others at a disadvantage. Those few racist individuals raise racist children, it’ll be a never ending cycle until people are educated on whiteness and privilege and how that affects the world at large. My lovely friend Keir wrote a great post about whiteness and that’s where the issue lies. I’m glad you’re not racist and are fighting for equality that’s great. Also this is a great resource
Every white person is part of systematic oppression because we directly benefit from it. Our generation didn’t set it up, but you can BET we are at the tippy-top of the racial ladder our forefathers did. And frankly, if you’re not actively acknowledging your white privilege and working to understand the ways it benefits you, you are in fact supporting that system of oppression by default.
Having privilege isn’t a fault. It’s not something to feel bad about. It’s something many people have, at least in one respect or another. Being privileged is largely outside of a given individual’s control, as it is the result of a social system and not individual actions. But it’s incredibly important to recognize in which areas your privilege manifests, how it affects you, and how the lack affects those who don’t have it.
You may “feel attacked,” but you will never have to fear that your children will be gunned down for their skin color. This is just one of the many ways in which our white privilege benefits us and results in violence against POC.
Read up on your privilege and understand it; otherwise, you are supporting a racist system even if you do not hold obvious racist beliefs. Period.