black wealth gap

anonymous asked:

So if a group of black people beat you up just for being white thats no racism? When a black human resource manager doesnt employ you bc you are white its not racism? Man these white guilt people like you are so hilariously sad. Everyone can be discriminated against. Just bc "white priviledge" black people can now pull the race card in every situation without race being relevant.

Please unfollow me if what I say irritates you this much, or at least refrain from sending me anonymous hate about it. I can understand not being aware of or educated enough on racism, as it’s not something we (as white people) are taught about or have to notice growing up, but actively denying it and choosing to cyber bully someone online with no real contention or attempt to educate them, that’s not okay.

You can discriminate against white people (ie your example of choosing not to hire them, but this is not likely because due to racism white people hold more positions of power) but that is out of personal choice and preference, not from a systematic oppression whereby we have been taught to fear POC, or believe that they are inferior to us. Racism is long engrained within our culture, and has very real world consequences. Reverse racism doesn’t exist, because we hold political, economic and institutional power. As well as a deep rooted mentality, there is a governing structure to hold it up.

“Until people of color colonize, dominate and enslave the populations of the planet in the name of “superiority,” create standards of beauty based on their own colored definition, enact a system where only people of color benefit on a large-scale, and finally pretend like said system no longer exists, there is no such thing as reverse racism.”

Prejudice directed at white people doesn’t have the weight of institutional oppression behind it. We can be hurt by prejudice, but it is not the same thing. I am not going to be killed for being out on the street due to my skin colour. (I might because I’m a girl, but that is a different story). Some more fun facts:

• The median wealth gap difference between a White family and a Black family is $80,000.
• 1 in 9 Black children has an incarcerated parent compared to 1 in 57 White children.
• A White man who has been to jail is still more likely to get a job than a Black man who hasn’t. Let that sink in…

Things you can google to learn more: Black/White/Hispanic wealth gap, redlining, “White flight,” in-school segregation, workplace discrimination, etc etc etc.

Look at the way our media responds to violence.
Black = thug, criminal, deserved to be shot
Arabic = terrorist, get rid of him
White = misunderstood, lonely, depressed, his poor family, he was such a sweet kid

There are so many more reasons, but I don’t think I’m the person who should be telling you. I can’t speak from experience, because I sit in a very privileged position and there would be millions and millions of examples of everyday racism (I’m pretty sure there’s a blog on this if you want to check it out) that I’ve never thought about, because I’ll never be the victim of it.

The tutor in my Race in America class was telling us a story about how though she and her friend had babies at the same time, they had to raise them slightly differently. My tutor, a white woman, told her child that were she ever in trouble she should go find a police officer. Her friend, a POC, told her child to never approach cops, and try to avoid them if possible. This was 12 years ago. I was shocked, because I didn’t realise the police brutality was so common then, as the media (well, not mainstream media but underground levels like Tumblr and Twitter) have only brought it to light in recent years. I, in my white ignorance, genuinely thought that Ferguson, Cleveland and Baltimore were horrible anomalies. They weren’t. They are the norm, and the result of institutionalised racism. The KKK is still alive and well, still functioning today (check out their website if you’d like) and many members of the police force are members of the klan too. There is no “pulling the race card”, it’s a legitimate obstacle that impacts everyday life, racial barriers are very much real and POC have every right to discuss it (and we should too). If they didn’t, nothing would ever change. The very fact that I (as a white person) can discuss this and be met with support but if I were a POC it would be seen as complaining or “pulling the race card” as you said, shows the position of privilege and safety I’m in. This is something we all need to acknowledge and talk about so that things can move forward.

I’m answering this on my phone so I can’t remember what else you said, but I really do encourage you to do more research on this and gain a better understanding.

Income Inequality Affects Your Life Expectancy, Especially If You’re Black

“There have been a number of studies that have established the association between greater income inequality and poorer health on a population level, but ours is one of the few studies to explicitly factor in race,” said research lead author Amani Nuru-Jeter, an associate professor of community health and human development and of epidemiology at Berkeley. “What is really important is the finding that income inequality matters for everyone, but it matters differently for different groups of people.”