Dear White People

OKAY.  I know my blog is a man dick blog but welp, seems that people are ignorant as shit so, its time for class, sit down and get schooled.

Let’s have a talk.  About racism.

First, let’s evaluate a couple definitions.

RACISM
[rey-siz-uh m]

noun
-a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
-a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
-hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

PREJUDICE
[prej-uh-dis]

noun
-an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
-any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.
-unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding a racial, religious, or national group.
-such attitudes considered collectively.
-damage or injury; detriment:
a law that operated to the prejudice of the majority.

verb (used with object), prejudiced, prejudicing.
-to affect with a prejudice, either favorable or unfavorable.

RACIST
[rey-sist]

noun
-a person who believes in racism, the doctrine that a certain human race is superior to any or all others.
adjective
-of or like racists or racism :
racist policies; racist attitudes.

OPPRESSION
[uh-presh-uh n]

noun
-the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
-an act or instance of oppressing.
-the state of being oppressed.
-the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety, etc.

COLORISM
A form of prejudice or discrimination in which human beings are treated differently based on the social meanings attached to skin color.

WHITE PRIVILEGE
White privilege (or white skin privilege) is a term for societal privileges, existing in predominantly white societies, that benefit white people beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people in the same social, political, or economic circumstances.

RACIAL PROFILING
The use of race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed an offense.

For your reference.


ALRIGHT.

Now that this is out of the way, let’s talk about reverse racism.  I took the liberty of looking up a few articles about it and this is what I found.

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Notice how there’s nothing there because reverse racism doesn’t existThe concept of “reserve racism” was concocted by the white racial majority to make themselves the victim of a very serious issue that does not effect them because in countries where they hold the racial majority, and thanks to their white privilege, racism does not affect them.

WOAH.

Racism is the enslaving of a peoples based on the principle that because their skin was lighter in tone they were closer to purity.

Racism is the holding of that false sense of superiority to the point where those races not of a light skinned hue cannot acquire the same privileges, rights, liberties, and/or freedoms as those of the light skinned hues.

Using a race as a commodity, objectifying, oversexualizing, fetishizing, and the like is racist.

This is all too complicated, is it?  Let me give you an example.

YOU KNOW YOU’RE AMIDST A RACIST WHEN:

  • You hear “but i’m not racist, i have x acquaintances of y race!”
    Bonus points if they follow with “so that means I can do z because by proxy of me knowing x acquaintances of y race I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND THEIR CULTURE AND THEREFORE CAN BE APPROPRIATE TO IT AND FULLY IMMERSED IN IT”
  • You hear “i’m not racist, but ____”
  • You hear overgeneralizations and stereotypes of races such as “x race is always so y” whether they be good or bad
  • You hear “all x races look alike/have the same y/talk like z” and so on
  • You see people going out of their way to avoid certain races for whatever reason, whether they be under the impression of false statistics, false stereotypes, or the like.  Example: covering your purse in an elevator when a person of color walks in.

YOU KNOW YOU HAVE WHITE PRIVILEGE WHEN:

  • You’re white.  That’s it.  That’s literally it.  There is one answer to this test, if you answered white you fucking passed, A+ for everyone, jesus christ

YOU KNOW YOU HAVEN’T ACKNOWLEDGED YOUR WHITE PRIVILEGE WHEN:

  • You say things like “x and y races have this/this institution has been set up to assist with the success of x and y races, why don’t we, the white majority, also have this?” not realizing that in addition to having this, you have that, that over there, and pretty much every damn thing ever because you’re the majority and that’s what that means.

When one evaluates our history and sees the patters, the picture tends to become perfectly clear.  From slavery to unfair laws and other brutal sanctions, torture, to outright denying human rights, colonialism and conquest are still very deep seeded and we are still dealing with it today, mostly in a different form but you’d be surprised how much racism then and now parallel.

People are STILL oppressed today.  America is STILL oppressing People of Color.  We STILL hear about PoCs being victims of hate crimes, being killed on the streets, and so much more, but the people behind the media, aka WHITE PEOPLE, do no justice to truly inform their masses because them being the RACIAL MAJORITY are not effected by the racial profiling that THEY THEMSELVES IMPOSE.

WOAH.

And I could go on about this, because this here is my SHIT, son, I’m a Person of Color, I LIVE this oppression, shit isn’t EVEN cute—oh wait, I get it worse because in addition to receiving racism, I receive colorism within the race that I’m SUPPOSEDLY supposed to identify because I am an atypical example of MY OWN CULTURE—but this is such a loaded issue that I’m going to have to stop here.

So before you say one more ignorant thing, I urge you to educate yourself.

And if you’re going to sit there and be offended by this post, or go “not ALL white people” or be offended that someone called you mayo and turn around and cry because THAT WAS RACISM, if you’re going to SIT there and INSIST that you are the victim when you can’t even open your eyes to the world around you where you’re clearly not—in fact it is the exact polar opposite of what you are—then this post was made specifically for you.

The basic principles of anarchism— self-organization, voluntary association, mutual aid— referred to forms of human behavior they assumed to have been around about as long as humanity.

The same goes for the rejection of the state and of all forms of structural violence, inequality, or domination, even the assumption that all these forms are somehow related and reinforce each other. None of it was presented as some startling new doctrine. And in fact it was not: one can find records of people making similar arguments throughout history, despite the fact there is every reason to believe that in most times and places, such opinions were the ones least likely to be written down. We are talking less about a body of theory, then, than about an attitude, or perhaps one might even say a faith: the rejection of certain types of social relations, the confidence that certain others would be much better ones on which to build a livable society, the belief that such a society could actually exist.

—  David Graeber - 'Fragments of an Anarchist Anthroplogy' (2004)

Time to decide if I want to fight everyone on Facebook.

There is a lot wrong with this misinformed rant, but what really makes me mad is the last part, “if you don’t want minimum wage, don’t have minimum skills.” This is coming from Whitey McWhiter (to utilize her lovely nicknames) who clearly doesn’t understand that opportunity is directly related to your race and socioeconomic position in society.

Telling someone to just choose to have a better skill set is insulting. Fast food workers deal with bullshit everyday and many of these workers work very hard to keep their jobs. They probably didn’t choose to be a fast food worker, but it is a job, and they are trying.

It is not always possible for people to find jobs or gain new skills due to their financial or social situation. Financial aid interest rate is roughly 6.5% and that’s only if you receive aid. For a lot of people, that cost is too much. Not to mention, you still need money to live while going to school and money for books, transportation to class, etc… It is not cheap to get a higher education.

Even besides that, if you live in a area where there is little job growth, traveling/ commuting/ moving for a better job isn’t an option either.

So if you are going to sit there and complain about having to pay a fast food worker a LIVING wage of $15/hour compared to the $18k a year a soldier makes, you better come in with more than “people choose to work there,”

Though ‘Asian’ cultures are lauded as having healthy eating habits, Mexican-American and African-American cultures are constructed as the most problematic. In an article on a program to prevent childhood obesity, ethnic culture specifically emerges as a culprit.

… The problem of culture here is larger than individual households, because these families also have to deal with other ‘social obstacles—like dinner at grandmother’s house.’ Eating in extended families and community groups also runs counter to a more ‘modern’ meal schedule in which meals are eaten at home, prepared by mom and therefore, more tightly controlled (DeVault 1991; Orbach 1978). In this sense, culture is ethnic, and eating standardized, low and nonfat ‘green light’ foods prepared within the context of the nuclear family comes to be seen as the ‘natural’ and ‘healthy’ way to eat. Ethnic food is an obstacle; ethnicity something to be overcome”

—  Natalie Boero, “All the News That’s Fat to Print: The American ‘Obesity Epidemic’ and the Media”

So in my sociology class we were asked what do we believe in n I said that I believe there is no such thing as reverse/white racism. My new teacher looked at me awkwardly n so did the white girl next to me, which then made me feel awkward because they asked why n started being defensive n I didn’t want/need to explain. Blehhh

People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as ‘parasites’ fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society.
—  Jason Read

Sociologists for Justice have compiled a compelling and engaging list of readings that inform the socio-historical context of the events in Ferguson, MO.

A worthwhile read even if you think you already “get” white supremacy and antiblackness (we never know what holes exist in our understanding until we encounter them). 

'Traditional' epidemics like cholera and influenza and 'post-modern' epidemics like obesity, youth violence, and drug use involve a rapid spread of fear and calls for vigilance (Glassner, 2000). Fear comes to characterize the epidemic early on, in 1994, one researcher is reported as having said: 'We're frightened right now because obesity is an epidemic that has made all of us wake up.' In the case of obesity, an epidemic whose biological basis is questionable, this fear and sense of chaos cannot be fueled by the existence of or even 'spread' of fatness alone, there must also be a shift in the signification of fatness and fat bodies … Indeed, this sense of chaos is a central part of constructing obesity as an epidemic and works with the designation of fat bodies as out of control and threatening.
—  Natalie Boero, “All the News That’s Fat to Print: The American ‘Obesity Epidemic’ and the Media.”
The United States has more people in prison than any other country and incarcerates people at a higher rate than at any other time in history. Our crime rate, however, is not higher than in other countries or than it has been historically. Why, then, are so many Americans behind bars? The answer lies in the United States’ use of mass incarceration as a strategy to reduce crime, particularly to fight illicit drug use. Yet mass incarceration has not been effective at reducing crime and illicit drug use. It has, however, destroyed families and communities and has exacerbated racial inequality in that the primary victims of intensified law enforcement have been people of color.
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Bench to Bedroom: Urban Furniture Turned Homeless Shelters

http://weburbanist.com/2014/07/24/bench-to-bedroom-public-furniture-turned-homeless-shelters/

"Whereas London and Montreal have installed spikes on the sidewalks to keep homeless people from getting too comfortable, Vancouver offers a kind welcome with benches that transform into mini-shelters. A nonprofit called RainCity Housing teamed up with Spring Advertising to create the modified public benches in order to provide a covered place to sleep while simultaneously raising awareness….”

Where are the Men’s Rights guys when it comes to “other” men? Men’s Rights is almost entirely a movement of angry, straight, white men. Gay men, Black men, Asian men, Latino men, and other racial and ethnic minority men feel no such sense of entitlement to power that these middle-class white men feel has been unceremoniously and illegitimately snatched from them.
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Coston, B. and Kimmel, M. (2013). White Men as the New Victims: Reverse Discrimination Cases and the Men’s Rights Movement. HeinOnline.

Just thought I’d share this great quote from this article, but really, the whole thing is worth a read.

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