whiteness-industrial-complex

Whiteness as an ideal has become a global, has become the global default and as a short hand for beauty, superiority, purity, advancement, civilization has incredible social force.

Darkness by extension is linked to the inferior, the ugly, the primitive, the criminal, the malignant, the alien, danger, disorder. Throughout our world, skin lightness impacts perception of a person’s beauty, affects marital prospects, job prospects, social status and earning potential.

While racist ideology is valorizing whiteness and demonizing darkness have been in circulation for hundreds of years, new mass media and communication technologies have come together to create a whiteness industrial complex that helps to amplify the old colonial message that white is right and light is beautiful in the process granting whiteness in an unprecedented global currency. In our world whiteness has become one of the dark lords great rings of power, as much a legion of the imagination as it is a technology and one does not need to be Fanon to recognize the profound damage that this sinister system inflicts on the psyche of people of color worldwide. How it alienates us from ourselves, how it dehumanizes us, how it makes us loathe ourselves and privilege the people who oppress us over those who share in our oppressions. How it makes us doubt the humanity of people of color and our own humanities. How living in the system makes one, how living in a system that make one abject causes fractures on a psyche. How living under the tyranny of whiteness burns the skin, deforms the eye, racks the body, and breaks the mind.

—  Junot Díaz

sorryidonthaveablog asked:

hello, today i was talking with some friends and they were saying that people can be racist against whites. I said they can't bc racism is a system of oppression that whites benefit from, so they can experience prejudice, but not racism. They said I was wrong and I was being racist to whites (im white too?) and I was just wondering if you have some arguments/ sources I could use if this comes up again.

There’s always pointing out that the effects of “reverse racism” are actually petty and insignificant. Have them explain to you an instance in which they suffered from racism, listen politely, then show them an article about the prison industrial complex and how it disproportionately affects people of color. The government and many private corporations literally profit from throwing people of color in prison. 

If that doesn’t move them, maybe these charts on who is represented the most in Congress will help (hint: the statistics do not in anyway reflect the actual racial make-up of America, which is what makes them so hard to bear). Having a black president is not as progressive as it sounds when you realize that 80% of Congress is white. 

Or, you could talk about the fact that black people have to attain higher levels of education than their white peers in order to have the same chances to be considered for a job. Meaning, a white man with a high school diploma has a better chance of getting a job than a black man with the same diploma. In order for the black man to have an equal chance, he has to have an associate degree or more. This leads to higher percentages of unemployment in the black community. 

So, to sum it all up: people of color (and more specifically, black people) are underrepresented, over-incarcerated, and undervalued in comparison to their white peers. 

To me, that sounds 100% like the system was set up to benefit white people by pushing down people of color. 

Hopefully your friends will start to wake up a bit.

-Mod T

The educational system of this country is, in short, designed to destroy the black child. It does not matter whether it destroys him by stoning him in the ghetto or by driving him mad in the isolation of Harvard. And whoever has survived this crucible is a witness to the power of the Republic’s educational system.

It is an absolute wonder and an overwhelming witness to the power of the human spirit that any black person in this country has managed to become, in any way whatever, educated. The miracle is that some have stepped out of the rags of the Republic’s definitions to assume that great burden and glory of their humanity and of their responsibility for one another.

It is an extraordinary achievement to be trapped in the dungeon of color and dare to shake down its walls and to step out of it, leaving the jailhouse keeper in the rubble.

—  James Baldwin in “Dark Days”

People are never allowed to be angry at the status quo… Never allowed to be angry enough. Fear of retaliation is so high, stakes are so high. You have to be ready to go to jail, face a beating, false charges, be murdered if you’re nonwhite. You have to be prepared for that if you want to be angry in this country. If you want to protest the racism in this country, you have to be prepared to face it head on. You have to accept the reality of the situation. You have to accept it and move forward and know people will try to take away your voice because some people got violent. And you have to try again and again and every time you try to be heard you are shut down with “they threw a rock first” “this business was hurt” “my day was inconvenienced” “police equipment was damaged”… Derail derail derail. Still you have to move forward. Still people are murdered in cold blood. Still children are beaten to death. Still black lives are devalued. The thing is, its not that you want to even move forward. You want to grieve. You want to sit down and scream and cry and yell at these racist cops WHY but you Must Move Forward. Because standing still means accepting that your child, your nephew, or you yourself could be the next victim. You have no choice. Its move forward or be the next victim. Its protest or be the next hashtag.

Dakarai Molokomme, a 15-year-old starving child from a small village in Zimbabwe, has just told Madonna, one of the most famous pop stars in the world, to go and f*** herself, the local media are reporting exclusively.

“Yes, it’s true, I told Madonna to go f*** herself. Do you want to know why?” Dakarai asked. “It’s the same thing every time with these snobby rich Americans. Every once in a while they come to show us their support for the so-called eradication of poverty by adopting a child from a starving family, but they actually do more harm than good. Transracial international adoptions are part of the white savior industrial complex,” Dakarai explained.

In further discussions with journalists from the media, the kid stated that “none of the children here actually want to be taken away from their family and friends so they can be displayed as some kind of trophy in the homes of self-righteous singers or actors who want to score some points with the media and Oprah.”

“If they really want to help us, they should get Big Pharma to ship us some anti-retroviral drugs for the AIDS epidemic, or build schools and hospitals. If they don’t want to do that, then they can all go f** themselves!” the child told reporters.

The 15-year-old also stated that he would say the same thing to any one of those American or European “faux humanitarian posers”, except for Bono, whom he said he would also kick in the groin.

“Bono’s efforts to save the African savage from itself prove that the colonial imperative is alive and well,” Dakarai said as he walked with other village children collecting sticks to build a tree fort.

“The civil rights movement demanded access, and access has been granted to some. The challenge of the twenty-first century is not to demand equal opportunity to participate in the machinery of oppression. Rather, it is to identify and dismantle those structures in which racism continues to be embedded. This is the only way the promise of freedom can be extended to masses of people.”
– Angela Y. Davis

Doing some reading for my thesis next semester and this quote struck me as highly relevant to the recent events across the nation.

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