“There's a comforting-to-white-people fiction about racism and racial inequality in the United States today: They're caused by a small, recalcitrant group who cling to their egregiously inaccurate beliefs in the moral, intellectual and economic superiority of white people. The reality: racism and racial inequality aren't just supported by old ideas, unfounded group esteem or intentional efforts to mistreat others, said Nancy DiTomaso, author of the new book, The American Non-Dilemma: Racial Inequality Without Racism. They're also based on privilege, she said -- how it is shared, how opportunities are hoarded and how most white Americans think their career and economic advantages have been entirely earned, not passed down or parceled out. The way that whites, often unconsciously, hoard and distribute advantage inside their almost all white networks of family and friends is one of the driving reasons that in February just 6.8 percent of white workers remained unemployed while 13.8 percent of black workers and 9.6 percent of Hispanic workers were unable to find jobs, DiTomaso said DiTomaso concludes, based on her research, that most white Americans engage, at least a few times per year, in the activities that foster inequality. While they may not deliberately discriminate against black and other non-white job seekers, they take actions that make it more likely that white people will be employed -- without thinking that what they're doing amounts to discrimination. "The vast majority assumed everyone has the same opportunities, and they just somehow tried harder, were smarter," DiTomaso said of those she interviewed. "Not seeing how whites help other whites as the primary way that inequality gets reproduced today is very helpful. It's easy on the mind." So white Americans tell a neighbor's son about a job, hire a friend's daughter, carry the resume of a friend (or, for that matter, a friend's boyfriend's sister) into the boss's office, recommend an old school mate or co-worker for an unadvertised opening, or just say great things about that job applicant whom they happen to know. But since most Americans, white and black, live virtually segregated lives, and since advantages, privileges and economic progress have already accrued in favor of whites, the additional advantages that flow from this help go almost exclusively to whites, DiTomaso said. DiTomaso's work does confirm that networks -- not just the kind you build over awkward conversations, finger foods and watered-down cocktails but the kind you're born into -- matter, Austin said. It also points to just how different forms of inequality feed one another. Family-and-friends segregation feeds job and income inequality. That in turn feeds neighborhood and school segregation. That then leaves some kids less likely to receive a quality education and escape from the cycle, he said. It's not that black workers don't attempt the same sort of job assists within their own networks, said Deirdre Royster, an economic sociologist at New York University and author of Race and the Invisible Hand: How White Networks Exclude Black Men From Blue Collar Jobs. African Americans ask neighbors, significant others, the significant others of neighbors, relatives and friends about open jobs, too. But since black unemployment rates were far higher than white rates before, during and after the recession, the number of people in a typical black social network who are in a position to help is far more limited. According to Royster, there's an additional twist: When blacks are aware of a job, they describe the job, the boss, the company and its preferences and needs. Then they follow up with a warning. "They give the person looking for a job all sorts of information and then they say, 'But don't tell them I sent you,'" said Royster. Black workers are aware of something that researchers are still trying to explain: White bosses often worry, lack of statistical evidence aside, that black workers are more likely to sue them or band together in the workplace and try to change things, Royster said. That seems all the more likely if the black workers already know one another, she said. And many white hiring managers still assume, consciously or unconsciously, that black workers bring undesirable workplace habits and qualities, Royster said.”—Janell Ross, “Black Unemployment Driven By White America’s Favors To Friends,” Huff Post Black Voices 3/29/13
Too many people got the narrative of black people in America all fucked up.
They act like it went
- Ratchet music and weaves and twerking and jordans and reality tv led to black people not being respected and assuming a lower status in society
You really need to get yo shit together
For nonblack people: YOU WANNA SAY NIGGA?
You wanna say nigga, but you dont wanna be shot for wearing a hoodie.
You wanna say nigga, but you want to be able to get a job.
You wanna say nigga, but you don’t wanna be racially profiled and brutalized by the police.
You wanna say nigga, but when black people talk about this shit you don’t wanna listen.
You wanna say nigga, but you feel like your “jokes” are more important than black people’s feelings.
You wanna say nigga, but will fight until your last BREATH to try and prove something doesnt “really” belong to black people- just so you can justify your appropriation.
You wanna say nigga because “POC solidarity!!” but the second black people call out your fave, they’re “too sensitive” and always “bitching.”
You wanna say nigga because you dont want black people to do anything or have anything that you cant take at your earliest convenience; then put back once it causes you problems so you can assimilate when you get ready.
You wanna say nigga because its fun/funny to you, its all the fun of being “black” without any of the bullshit. And you know this.
But you dont acknowledge the bullshit. Or you do and you just dont care.
And you wanna say nigga?
I’m black and I dont even say nigga. But the fact remains is that my melanin isn’t just a fun little thing I can turn on and off when I feel like being “funny” or “edgy” or “cool.” No. I’m black all day everyday and will be until the day I die, just like every other black person.
I dont get to turn my blackness “on” when its time to hit the club, then turn it off monday morning when I need to look “respectable”.
Pretend, for a moment, Beyonce was not famous.
You’re an employer, you work in a professional environment, and in your stack of resumes you see a “Beyonce Knowles” with “african american” checked on the application. You’ve never seen her and never heard of her. Chances are you cant even pronounce it on the first try. And when you do you likely imagine some dark-skinned welfare queen with technicolor microbraids and 3 baby-daddies. I wouldn’t be surprised. Because black names are “funny” and “ghetto”. And so are black people to everybody else.
And just like that Beyonce doesn’t get an interview.
And this happens all. The. Time. Studies have proven it.
But you wanna say nigga.
or better yet, your favorite k-pop idol gets braids. And suddenly tumblr explodes with the “ghetto, hoodrat, ratchet, nigga” memes.
But his hair is naturally straight and socially acceptable. What about black people with kinky hair?
Oh right. They get that label just for existing.
But you wanna say nigga.
Let me tell you something.
I dont give a shit if you’re white. I don’t give a shit if you’re a person of color. I dont give a shit if you were raised by black folks, named after Malcolm X, voted for Obama twice, wear an afro that blots out the sun when you rise in the morning, have a signed permission slip from the NAACP spelled out with the bones of Harriett Tubman and kissed by Stevie Wonder—
If you yourself are not black you have no business saying nigga.
“Why? Why can THEY do it but not me?”
I dunno. Why can your culture be given a smidgen of acknowledgement and respect but not mine? Why can you turn to us for a kumbaya moment but then when black bodies start piling up suddenly you dip out? Why can you make all these racist, stereotypical, antiblack “jokes” but the second somebody takes a crack at you and yours— “RACISM!!1!”
Because you’re not black.
So the next time you wanna say nigga I want you to sit and question why you believe black people are undeserving of your respect. I want you to sit and question why you feel SO ENTITLED to anything and everything black people say and do.
If you read this post and you keep it up, guess what sugarbear? You’re not as good of a person as you think you are. (◕‿◕✿)
Peace & Blessings