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“Reverse Racism”

There is no such thing.

When discussing racial slurs or anything race-related, the question of whether you can be racist towards white people is often raised. After all, terms like  “honky” or “cracker,” are frequently used to degrade whites so why don’t more people get as upset over it as they would when white people use words like “nigger.”

Ok so slurs against white people are quite obviously inappropriate and offensive, and people really should refrain from being assholes as much as possible but really, these words are so just so damn silly, so utterly pathetic that they hardly qualify as racial slurs at all, let alone slurs on a par with those that have been historically deployed against people of color. POC have little or no power over white people institutionally; we haven’t ever defined the terms of their existence, we haven’t ever limited their opportunities, and so white folks don’t need to worry much about the use of a slur to describe them since, in all likelihood, the slur is as far as it’s going to go.

So whereas “nigger” was and is a term used by whites to dehumanize blacks, to imply their inferiority, to “put them in their place” if you will, the same cannot be said of honky: after all, you can’t put white people in their place when they own the place to begin with. People argue this point by saying that racism is discriminating against someone because of their race, but this is where they’re fundamentally wrong. Prejudice is one person discriminating against another person because of their race (and or other factors). Racism is the systemic discrimination against and oppression of people of color by white people. No such systemic oppression of white people by people of color exists. So ‘racism’ against white people cannot logically be a thing.

The day that someone produces a newspaper ad that reads: “Twenty honkies for sale today: good condition, best offer accepted,” or “Cracker to be lynched tonight: whistled at black woman,” maybe then I’ll consider the concept of “reverse racism”. When white churches start getting burned down by militant blacks and browns who spray paint “kill the honkies” on the sidewalks outside, then maybe I’ll take seriously these concerns over “reverse racism.” Until then, that shit don’t exist.

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How To Use Your White Privilege

If you recognize your privilege, then that’s good for you but don’t expect a cookie for being a decent human being. With that being said, you can use this privilege to benefit people of color in the same ways that you too benefit from being white. Watch this 4-minute video to see how:

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Shhhh..

“Hey I’m not racist or anything, but I’m going to keep repeating all the same racist messages, words, stereotypes, and jokes that I’ve internalized since childhood. I’ve personally risen above it all though – I just do it because it’s absurd”

Pfft, sure.

Let’s take a gander at what it really means

  • “I’m not Racist, but (insert racist shit here)” – So, obviously I am a racist because I just said something incredibly racist, but totally don’t want to take the title racist, so guess what, I’m just gonna say I’m not a racist and hope you’re stupid enough to believe me. Don’t call me out though, you see, we have this thing called Reverse Racism that we made up and we’re gonna use that on you.
  • “That’s Reverse Racism” – Although my reasons for disliking you are completely about my belief that you’re inferior and your reasons are out of being made inferior, I’m going to call them the same thing. I’m going to tell you that Affirmative Action is an example of Reverse Racism, but get this, Affirmative Action was created to level out the centuries upon centuries that I have had a head start in comparison to you.
  • “You can say nigga, but not me, that’s not fair” – Neither is the fact that I’m much less likely to get pulled over by the police and I can be a felon and still have a better chance at getting hired against your crime-free record, but hey, this isn’t about me! I’m more concerned with taking the one thing you can do that I can’t, which by the way, came out of centuries of oppression and cruelty. I don’t like that you can use a word that has historically hurt you, but I can’t use the same word, even though I’m the one who used it to hurt you.
  • “Appropriation? No, I just love your culture.” – I just really saw some cute Indian headband shit at Urban Outfitters and was completely unaware that it was your culture until you pointed it out. But keeping up with a summer trend is way more important than your people and the sacred meanings behind your accessories. come fall, new shit is gonna be out and your culture is going to be in my trash can but hey , I’m still appreciating you! Feel appreciated, damnit!
  • “I have Black People in my family/as friends.”– My racism is so apparent that I have to resort to the measure of bringing up a cousin by marriage on my aunt’s husband’s stepson’s side or a guy my science teacher made me do a project with as evidence that I don’t discriminate against Black People. And you know, slave masters and colonizers totally didn’t procreate with their victim.
  • “There’s a Black History Month, but no White History Month” – So, get this lawls! We actually do have a White History Month, but we’re just so fucking selfish that we decided to branch it off into subcategories (German, Italian, Polish, Italian, etc.) but you know, we’re still going to play the victim role here. Also, you have plenty of history that we either neglect or steal, so we’re just going to not discuss you in any of our history books, but get mad when you actually try to celebrate the history of yours that we’ve distorted.

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The Difference Between This And That

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“I am distrustful of anyone who says they prefer the label “humanist” to “feminist.” You’ve heard the argument before. It’s an attempt to downplay oppression against women and avoid acknowledging male privilege. “Humanist” is taken. It has a definition. It’s a life philosophy that affirms humans’ ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment guided by reason and compassion rather than supernaturalism. Many humanists are feminists and vice versa but “humanist” isn’t just a word you made up, bub.

Co-opting “humanist” is disingenuous and lazy. Not all humans are on a level playing field. There is inequality between men and women (and among women), and the feminist movement seeks to rectify that. It was called the “feminist” movement for a reason.”

(Source)

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It’s Not Over

We have a long way to go before non-white people can come to accept and recognize their own worth.

I recently came across “The Doll Test”, wherein psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark used four plastic, diaper-clad dolls, identical except for color. They showed the dolls to black children between the ages of three and seven and asked them questions to determine racial perception and preference. Almost all of the children readily identified the race of the dolls. However, when asked which they preferred, the majority selected the white doll and attributed positive characteristics to it.

The Clarks also gave the children outline drawings of a boy and girl and asked them to color the figures the same color as themselves. Many of the children with dark complexions colored the figures with a white or yellow crayon. The Clarks concluded that “prejudice, discrimination, and segregation” caused black children to develop a sense of inferiority and self-hatred.

But you know what’s especially fucked up? The same study was replicated in 2008.  Dark-skinned children still by far selected the white doll.  Repeatedly.

Although young, a child can determine their self-worth. Although naive, a child can sense where they stand in society. This topic of race, typically seen as a black-white issue, can be identified by those at the youngest of ages.

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White History Month

“Why do vegans get to have special restaurants and menu items and stuff in the grocery store? There should be food just for meat-eaters!”

“How come gays get their own special clubs? How about a place where STRAIGHT people can dance and drink alcohol and hopefully hook up?”

“Why is it that wild animals get their own habitats? There should be areas that are predominantly populated by people! Hey, that was really alliterative! Predominantly populated by people”

“Night time? What about DAY TIME!?”

Okay that’s enough of that.

People who get mad about Black History Month tend to be people who have an enormous amount of unchecked privilege. And every February, without fail, hoards of white people take to the internet to complain about there not being a white history month. So… why don’t we celebrate white history month?

Because we already do that everyday.

AHEM! Drum roll please!

It is celebrated when a white man can look in a mirror and see a man, but a Black man who looks in a mirror sees a man of color.

It is celebrated when a majority of adverts, TV shows and movies depict white people than people of color.

It is celebrated when white women are complimented as beautiful because their beauty is seen as the norm, but women of color are told that they have an exotic beauty about them. Or this: “Yeah, she’s pretty for a black girl”.

It is celebrated when entire history textbooks are filled with the stories of white people with maybe a chapter or so on people of color.

It is celebrated when white people have never experienced disadvantages because of their skin color compared to people of color who experience life at a disadvantage everyday.

And if this still doesn’t prove my point, then please click on this very amusing link.

Also, to everyone who has said this and has access to the internet, books and other sources of information – shame on you. With the amount of information out there, did you really have to ask?

Lol. Look, I’m not hating on white people. Just check your damn privilege mmkay?

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“Not every white person is a racist, but the genius of racism is that you don’t have to participate to enjoy the spoils. If you’re white, you can be completely oblivious, passively accepting the status quo, and reap the rewards.”

– Mychal Denzel Smith, “White People Have to Give Up Racism” (via thenationmagazine)

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

– Stephen R. Covey

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This Really Hit Home

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be playing on the other side of the color field, here’s a small looksie:

Brown-Eye, Blye-Eye Social Experiment

THREE KEY POINTS FOR EFFECTIVE RACIAL DIALOGUE by Tim Wise:

#1: Racism and racial discrimination continues to put people of color at a significant disadvantage: 

We have to understand the way things actual are, rather than the way we’d like them to be.

Historically and still today…the evidence is overwhelming…A huge nationwide study of 10s of 1000s of companies estimates conservatively that 1/3rd of the time, when people of color are out on a job search, they are the victims of discrimination. That effects about a million to 1.2 million people of color a year. That’s not a minor consideration.

So, if we’re gonna to have a talking about housing, or employment, or education, or wealth, or the criminal justice system, we have to start with the reality that the disparities are real, and that in part, they are significantly caused by racial discrimination — that’s the starting point.

…The biggest problem that we have to get over is “white denial,” though, and I say that as someone who has studied that for a long time. Even in the early 60s, BEFORE the Civil Rights Act was passed, Gallup Polls found that 2 out of 3 white Americans thought that black Americans had FULLY equal opportunity.

Now, obviously, that’s absurd, but that’s what otherwise descent, sane, intelligent people thought even then. So…the hurdle for a lot of white Americans, and even some folks of color, is THERE. But the evidence is the evidence. I encourage people that are skeptical to look at the data…the footnotes, look at the data and decide for themselves.

#2: Being color-blind, or “color mute” is not an option. 

Julian Bond, civil rights legend, really says it best, “To be blind to color is to be blind to the consequences of color,” (i.e., racism).

Let me give you an example:

If I’m a teacher right now in the state of Arizona, and I’ve got a lot of Latino kids, I can’t be “colorblind” or blind to the role that their identity plays in their life, because there are right now in the eyes of some, not all…under suspicion as if they shouldn’t even be there, as they don’t belong. If I’m a teacher, and I’m gonna meet the needs of those kids, I’ve got to know where they are. I can’t have this idealized version of life that says, “race doesn’t matter to them,” because IT DOES.

As a parent (I have two kids), if you don’t TALK to children ABOUT RACISM, both PAST AND PRESENT, they grow up — they can look around and see the disparities — they can see that who has what is often about color, who lives where is often about color — if you don’t provide the context for that, you know what happens, those kids grow up, according to the research, to believe that those disparities are A) natural, which is a dangerous thought, or B) that the folks on the bottom are there because…they don’t try hard enough, their bad people, they aren’t as smart as the rest of us.

So, really, “color blindness” or being “color mute” can actually feed racist perceptions.

#3: We all have a stake in combatting racism and racial inequality. That is, people of color’s progress HELPS white people

“This is critical, especially for getting over that problem of [white] denial…a lot of times we…worry that…if people of color make progress it’s gonna hurt white folks.

The fact is…racial inequity is DANGEROUS for all of us. In about 30/35/40 years…about half the [U.S.]population will be people of color, the other half will be white people. There is NO WAY that we can maintain a healthy, productive economy and society if one half of society has double the unemployment rate, three times the poverty rate of the other half, 1/10th the wealth, 8 years less life expectancy, double the infant mortality of the other half…we [MUST] worry about the racial disparity of the other half, and the racism that is, in part, responsible for them…because otherwise the whole society is not going to functional because of the racial inequity of the other half.”

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