racism deniers

The American Negro has the great advantage of having never believed the collection of myths to which white Americans cling: that their ancestors were all freedom-loving heroes, that they were born in the greatest country the world has ever seen, or that Americans are invincible in battle and wise in peace, that Americans have always dealt honorably with Mexicans and Indians and all other neighbors or inferiors, that American men are the world’s most direct and virile, that American women are pure.

Negroes know far more about white Americans than that; it can almost be said, in fact, that they know about white Americans what parents—or, anyway, mothers—know about their children, and that they very often regard white Americans that way. And perhaps this attitude, held in spite of what they know and have endured, helps to explain why Negroes, on the whole, and until lately, have allowed themselves to feel so little hatred.

The tendency has really been, insofar as this was possible, to dismiss white people as the slightly mad victims of their own brainwashing.
—  James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
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Many of the young white people you see in photos standing next to lynched black people from the 1960s are still alive today, teaching their kids and grandkids racism. These are the people you see making excuses for police who murder unarmed black people. They’re the people who say they aren’t racist, but vote for the politicians who pass voter ID laws and who gut the Voting Rights Act. They’re the people you see exclaiming “Blue Lives Matter!” and who voted for Donald Trump.

But they insist they aren’t racist because they don’t openly use the n-word and aren’t publicly wearing white hoods while lynching Black people like their forefathers did.

Racism was not “a long time ago” and racism is highly adaptable. It does not magically disappear with each passing generation. The new racism is equivocation in the face of obvious anti-Blackness; contemporary racism denies racism’s existence and downplays the impact of racism - but just like many of the police who beat John Lewis, racists and their racist children & grandchildren (and racism itself) are still very much alive today.

It’s never racism, no matter how racist it was.

It’s never standing up for racism, even though they are defending the racist behavior and scolding the people speaking against it.

It’s never exactly what it fucking is. 

#GasLighting101
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geejayeff (from this post) with perhaps one of the most insightful explanations I’ve read, for describing when white people nonchalantly defend racists and try to tell black people and others that something a racist said or did wasn’t “reeeeally racist, you’re just taking it wrong, it’s all in your head”

#GasLighting: it’s not just a slimy tactic used by emotionally abusive men in destructive relationships

AMERICA: hires fewer black people for jobs, and once hired pays black people less than white people, gives black people less job promotions, charges black people more for housing, rent and cars, charges black people higher loan interest rates, fires black employees first, hires black people last

AMERICA: I just don’t understand why black people can’t seem to get their act together

I apologize to my longtime followers and mutuals for all of today’s political rants and posts. Obviously I’m pissed off, and I’m about tired of hearing ModerateWhitePeople™ suddenly trying to suggest that it’s okay because Trump’s “not REALLY” a racist.

STOP WHITEWASHING RACISM JUST TO APPEASE WHITE FRAGILITY.

Your reliable, dependable, continuous denial about the ingrained racism of white people is what got us into this nightmare.

I can’t be everywhere and calmly explain this shit to clueless white people. If you’re white, then you’re gonna have to start pulling your goddamn weight. Start calling out racism more. “Moderation” doesn’t help; “moderation” is the enemy of racial progress.

Dear white people: DO. YOUR. PART. Black people can’t do it all by ourselves; Muslims, women, Native Americans, LGBTQ people, disabled people…..they can’t do it all alone.

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I mean…everyone’s heard that saying, “if a person is nice to you, but mean to the waitress, then they are not a nice person” right? Why does anyone think this concept somehow changes with family and racism? I understand that you can’t help what family you’re born into, but a racist being nice to their own family doesn’t make them a “nice” person.

Black people been screaming about police brutality since forever and if it requires seeing a cellphone video or a Facebook live feed for you to finally believe us then I’m sorry, but you ain’t shit. After all of American history if you still have to personally witness racism before you believe it, you’re as big a part of the problem as any other racist.

Here’s the “funny” thing about structural, institutional racism: all but the most ignorant of white people will agree that in America, “the system” is racist against black people…but every day that system is actively and passively upheld by millions and millions of individuals…who ALL swear that they themselves aren’t the slightest bit racist.

It’s always that other person, the one who’s just a little more obvious about their racism, who is blamed for any and all racism.

Deeply ingrained, generational racism will continue to be passed from parent to child until a whole lot more people begin to honestly examine and acknowledge their own implicit racial biases, and then actually dO something about it. 

Be nice. They’re too young/old. They don’t know any better.

#NOPE

No time like the present to ice-bucket-challenge the hell out of a wrong “opinion” about racism. Better to give it to someone right now & straight up, as opposed to giving them more years to get even more deeply set in their racist notions. Sometimes it takes the verbal equivalent of a slap in the face to wake someone tf up (especially if they’re privileged)

Originally posted by jennywilliamson

That’s a BIG part of the problem: too many people have tiptoed around the subject of racism with people who are inured in white supremacy, w/o anyone ever being crystal clear. Because people are MORE worried about white feelings and not “being offensive” than they are about actual racism. Who does that really help? (hint: not the oppressed, not black people)

So #nope, I don’t have to forever endure micro-agressions, willfully aggressive ignorance or worse just to comfort someone living in a white fragility bubble. I don’t have to “be nice” for all eternity, and I don’t have to just “let it slide” or hold anyone’s hand about racism

Sorry (not really tho)

THE "I'M NOT RACIST" RACIST RECIPE

Step 1: never ever say anything about anti-black racism

Step 2: tone police the “angry black people” when we complain about racism or racist white people

Step 3: use false equivalencies to equate hurt white feelings to black pain & suffering

Step 4: paternalistically say “you’re really not helping your case”

Step 5: play the misunderstood victim who was only trying to help

In the jewelry store, they lock the case when I walk in,” a 23-year-old black man wrote in May 1992. “In the shoe store, they help the white man who walks in after me. In the shopping mall, they follow me.”

He described an incident when he was stopped by six police officers who detained him, with guns at the ready, and treated him for 30 minutes as a dangerous suspect.

That young man was future Senator Cory Booker, who had been a senior class president at Stanford University and was a newly selected Rhodes Scholar. Yet our law enforcement system reduced him to a stereotype — so young Booker sat trembling and praying that he wouldn’t be shot by the police.

anonymous asked:

SERIOUSLY??????? Tamir Rice had a gun. A gun with the orange safety identifier removed. A real-looking gun he was aiming at people. They didn't use his race as a danger indicator, THEY USED THE FACT THAT HE HAD A FUCKING GUN. Don't take the fucking safety indicator off of a gun and then point it at people if you don't want to get shot. Stop sticking up for these criminals. I hope you need the police sometime soon, maybe then you'll realize how necessary they are.

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First off, I’m Black and I love myself. So you won’t eeeever have to worry about mE calling the police for almost anything, because I know NO MATTER WHAT I CALLED FOR, there’s a high probability that I’d end up getting shot, shot at, falsely arrested, or accused of doing something I didn’t do…so someone would have to be in the act of chopping down the last oxygen creating tree on earth before I did something as crazy as calling the police

Secondly, THIS is the innocent, baby-faced 12yr old child you’re calling a criminal. His name was Tamir Rice and he did absolutely NOTHING wrong

AND NEWSFLASH: Ohio is an Open Carry state. Tamir had a *toy* bb gun that was NOT pointed at the police when he was gunned down…but even if he did have a real gun, that’s supposedly legal in that state. Guess things like the Second Amendment and Open Carry laws only applies to white people..?

Even white mass murderers like T.J. Lane are arrested and taken into custody ALIVE. It totally blows my mind that in order for a suicidal white person like Lance Tamayo to experience “death by cop” they actually have to go out of their way and flagrantly point real guns at passers by and the police, and even then the cops don’t repeatedly shoot them

And before you try to assassinate the character on his parents, let’s recall the 9yr old white child who’s gunservative™ parents gave her a loaded Uzi machine gun (such fine parenting). And also, let’s not forget about the scores and scores of white people who walk around carrying loaded weapons in public to exercise their Second Amendment Rights, all without the police ever killing them —because (surprise) no racist ever dropped a dime to 911 to report them as looking “threatening” or “suspicious” and even if they did, the cops would TALK to them first, and not arrive on scene with guns blazing

Oh, and you can also skip the “black-on-black crime” derail too because I’ve already covered that thread bare racist trope too

Moving on…surveillance video shows that officer friendly-to-white-people wasn’t even there for two seconds before he literally (not figuratively) jumped out shooting. So in addition to his being close enough to be able to see that Tamir was an innocent child, officer Tim Loehmann is very obviously lying about having given two or three verbal warnings to drop the toy gun before summarily executing Tamir. And even worse, after Tamir was gunned down and lay on the cold ground bleeding out, where again, the police could clearly see that Tamir was a child, Loehmann did not even try to administer first aid. Tim Loehmann and his equally complicit accomplice Frank Gramback, are human scum 

It will never cease to amaze me how racists always engage in transference to somehow criminalize black people when we all know that the next school shooter or the next mass spree shooter is probably going to be another white male, just like the overwhelming majority of the last ones (see also: racial projection and white-male-entitlement-syndrome)

(image via moderndaykathleencleaver)

So I’ll say it again: the police are not evaluating actual circumstances for danger —instead they are evaluating a person’s race as an indicator of danger and have assigned blackness with a value of “imminent threat” where deadly force is an acceptable encouraged first response to anything from jay walking, to being-12-while-black