Next time a white person accuses you of #reverseracism, ask them if they have two and a half minutes to watch this
This is really. really. really. really. spot on.
and boom goes the dynamite
A lot of times, white people call things or people racist as a joke or a generic insult. For instance:
- In response to someone expressing a preference for white shoes over black shoes
- In response to someone saying something that offends them for some unrelated reason
- In response to expressing connection to a particular ethnicity
- In response to mentioning that white people are white and it matters
It’s not ok to do this because:
- Jokes like that work by assuming that calling someone or something racist is inherently absurd
- Which rests on the assumption that there is never a *real* need to call someone or something racist, because it rests on the assumption that real racism is over except for a few fringe groups with no power
- But racism is still a problem, and it still does tremendous harm to people of color
Using “racist” as a joke or generic insult sends the message that you refuse to acknowledge that racism is still a problem. It sends the message that you have contempt for people who point out racism. Don’t do that.
Same goes for any ~ist or ~phobic jokes in this manner
A short summary of British history.
Jai Rani Alisha: The Glorification of White Crime
Take a facet of crime, and then look at television shows/movies that feature those criminals as protagonists.
White serial killers.
White political corruption
White drug dealers
I mostly want to talk about this as a TV phenomenon, but pick a crime, any crime, and Western media has probably made a movie/TV series/play/etc. with a white person that romanticizes the criminal activity. No matter what, a white person can do whatever terrible crimes and still have a TV/movie fanbase that loves them.
When you see black or brown people committing crimes on screen, you are to see them thugs and criminal masterminds and people to be beat down.
When you see white people committing crimes on screen, you see a three-dimensional portrait of why someone might commit that crime, how criminals are people too, and how you should even love them for the crimes that they commit because they’re just providing for their families or they’ve wronged or they’re just people and not perfect. This is particularly a luxury given to white male characters, since there few white female criminals as protagonists.
If and of the above shows were about black or brown folks, there would be a backlash of (white) people claiming that TV and movies are romanticizing criminals and are treating them too much like heroes and that it will affect viewers and encourage violence and “thuggish” behavior. And yet fictional white criminals get to have a deep fanbase who loves these white criminals, receive accolades and awards, get called amazing television that portray the complexities of human nature. Viewers of these characters see past the atrocious crimes and into their humanity, a luxury that white characters always have while characters of color rarely do. The closest that mainstream TV has come to showing black criminals as main characters is probably The Wire, and even then, the criminals share equal screen time and equal status as main characters as the police trying to stop them.
The idea that crime can be so heavily romanticized and glorified to such a degree is undoubtedly a privilege given to white characters. The next time you hear someone talk about Dexter Morgan or Walter White in a positive way, it may be an opportunity to rethink how white people can always able to be seen as people no matter what they do, while everyone else can be boiled down to nothing but a criminal.
I always felt extremely uncomfortable with this trope because, not only is it racist, but it tends to feed into the already too common propensity society has to humanize, romanticize and exonerate irrevocably terrible white men. Like if you’re a white man and you commit awful crimes, you will likely go down in history as a legendary celebrity and historical figure
"preferences" aka my term for my deeply bedded racism that was fostered by years and years of social media telling me that white is the best and the only attractive race and that people of color are lower and not attractive as whites but it’s not really racism because i’m too stupid to realize it these are just "preferences"
60% my ass. Every POC I know, particularly black, has experienced this type of discrimination while shopping at some point in time
OUT OF 100 PEOPLE TO WITNESS THIS SCENARIO, ONLY ABOUT 20 ACTUALLY SPOKE UP AND MOST OF THEM WERE POC
To be perfectly honest, this is another reason why I’m prejudiced. I am. I have no problem admitting that. We get followed, harassed, and killed for looking suspicious. And the “respectability” crap that Don Lemon and others have suggested means nothing- Look what happened to Oprah, one of the wealthiest women in the world. So I don’t smile at white kids or their parents because all I can think of in the back of my mind is them discussing the little out of place black kid at the store and how they should avoid “people like me” around the dinner table. I won’t hold the door open, I do my best to avoid conversation or contact.
And before anyone attempts to come at me sideways saying “all white people aren’t like that!” or how you “have black friends,” let me remind you of how many people spoke up in this video, which is a damn accurate, if not generous, representation of how many do in real life. Let me remind you of how many “people like me” have been harassed or killed. Let me remind you that 1, one, person’s life being taken because of some excuse like “prevention” or “suspicion” is more than enough.
And I’m escalating to murder because that’s the reality of this mindset. This doesn’t stop at shopping. It doesn’t stop at clutching your purse when I walk by you on the street. It means that if I see a white woman struggling with bags and bags of groceries, I fight my natural inclination to be the gentleman my parents raised me to be and decide not to ask if she needs help in fear of my actions being mistaken for something malicious. It means having to always be cognizant that I am a black man operating in a space that isn’t always happy to see me. It means that when I have kids, the most prevalent conversation we’ll have is one of their safety from other people who don’t know them. And God, that’s just when people think low of us. I also have to teach them not to walk with their heads held high in certain areas because people perceive that as being “uppity” or “out of place” and people are killed for that.
And yes, I’m playing my “black card” because that’s the hand I was dealt. I am black. And blatant attacks on my humanity for that get called out. It’s damn near always about race. Always. And if someone tells you it isn’t, they’re lying.
For those who ever find themselves wondering why a lot of us (Black people/people of color) have a hard time trusting white people, “the system,” and the like, check this out.
While people like Don Lemon and Geraldo Rivera push ideas of “respectability politics,” the reality remains: my BLACKNESS is the issue. Not what I’m wearing or how I talk.
Please watch and share.
If any person, ANY PERSON, was treated like this in my store I would rip the person treating them this way a new one. This is disgusting.
You might want to get that translated before you actually get the tattoo.
#whywhitepeopleriot is trending and it’s perfect
White People “in costume” as other races
I’m so done.
This is disrespectful
So rude. I feel disrespected.
white people are nothing. colorless, culture less beings.
now look at it like this.
you’re painting. you look at your white, blank canvas. would you hang that on your wall?
ew someone get me the fuck outta here
we white people are seen as the utter default in western societies, so we claim that we don’t even have a culture. Then we steal everyone else’s and pretend we’re being “culturally aware” or “respecting their culture” or however other bullshit way we try to say “I am shitting all over your culture and I look fucking stupid doing it”.
can you imagine how amazing and mindblowing it would be to meet people who’ve lived for generations on a continent you didn’t know existed, full of food you’ve never tasted and weather you’ve never experienced, and who have languages and religions and cultures that aren’t in any way influenced by yours
that would be completely unbelievable and valuable beyond words
or, you know, you could kill them all and build colonies
Certificate for being a good white person via @mxtori