This society is going to become more supremely racist when it is apparently not racist. And that’s where it’s moving to at this point. When a white man tells you, “let’s not put race into this,” he is being the most racist at that point.
You can have a society that removes all public expression on racism. You can have a society were people no longer overtly express racial hatred, and racist statements and behavior is outlawed, but you can still have a system that destroys millions and millions of Black people. Colin Powell and others are the signs of that kind of racism where the Black middle class will be sitting in these jobs and positions defending the system.
You must recognize that racism is not an attitude. It is not a feeling of hatred toward another people. You must understand that racism and white supremacy is in the very structures and values of the institutions of the society itself. And until you revolve and change those structures and attitudes and values you will always be under the bottom.
OK, so here’s the deal:
I really hate the whole “YOU MAKE ME FEEL GUILTY FOR BEING WHITE THAT’S HORRIBLE” backlash against the anti-racism movement.
1) If, after being educated on systematic and institutionalized social injustices, your response (as a privileged person) is: “OMG BUT WHAT ABOUT ME” you totally missed the point
2) If you are privileged, you aren’t a bad person. You’re just benefiting off of unfair shit.
3) We aren’t saying that you personally owned slaves, or employed chinese laborers, or forced the Native Americans on the Trail of Tears. We’re saying that you inherently benefit from all of these things, because you are white. And thus have white privilege.
4) So the point is: you basically won the fucking lottery, only instead of arbitrary prizes of money, you won the prize of “being treated as a legitimate human being who does not have to deal with racialized inequality.”
5) The question you should ask yourself is not “why are you making me feel bad for something I didn’t do” and more, “why am I benefiting unfairly and what should I do about that”
6) If anything, white privilege implicates the founding fathers and history, versus people today. It says, “shit was fucked up back then and it’s STILL happening because of the way shit was fucked up years ago.”
7) Literally there is no personal responsibility other than, “why would you want to defend a system that is fucked up and based on morality that has long been proven to be problematic?”
8) So no. Privilege does not make you a bad person. It makes you a lucky person. It means you can do shit and not have to worry about things that un-privileged people have to worry about. Nobody will ever blame you for looking like a thug because you were wearing a hoodie. Nobody will ever say “me love you long time” and then attempt to coerce you into being a good little submissive schoolgirl. Nobody will ever debate your “American-ness” on the color of your skin alone.
9) These things may not be your fault personally, but you are a shitty person if you benefit from these things without recognizing the fucked up nature. Or, what’s worse, without realizing that whining about people calling this shit out is essentially saying, “stop making me feel bad about the fact that you’re mistreated. I shouldn’t have to care about other people’s human dignity because I didn’t do it.” That’s fucked up. It’s fucked up to turn it all about yourself.
10) And while we’re on the subject, turning a debate into racism into “but now I feel bad because what about the white people” is essentially white privilege in a nutshell. You’re co-opting other people’s voices in order to say, “OK BUT WHAT ABOUT ME ME ME.”
we’re done here.
Big Brother 15 (US)
This was one of the hardest scenes i’ve ever watched on tv, it’s was heartbreaking as fuck to watch two black people resort to tears because they didn’t want to give into the stereotype that follows when a black person gets upset.
Watching her cry and talk about how she’d had enough of white housemates taunt her, call her “Sheniqua” and tell her that she was about to “get black” and flip her mattress off of the box-spring, throw her belongings to the ground, and three of them at the same time bully her until she almost got to the point of getting violent because she’d had enough and felt so threatened. A black man who’d grown up in the south knew better than to leave her in that situation he had to physically pick her up and take her out of the room.
Had to be carried to the Have Not room, a room known basically as the punishment room. A room that most of this season has been dominated by POC and minorities that the rest of the house deemed “unworthy” or just didn’t like to be calmed down. He had to talk her down, telling her that if there was one person in the house he was going out protecting it would be her, his fellow black woman. He’d gladly throw away money to protect her and make sure no one did something to her. He told her he’d give up a bed so she could sleep in it and not have to worry about those girls. She’d said she was tired of this behavior and the comments and why should they have to back down, that they should retaliate, that they shouldn’t be weak.
She was Malcolm X in the situations while he was preaching to her like Martin Luther King Jr.
He said they had to act better than them because all eyes were on them, they had to stay calm. And thats when she broke down and cried and sobbed in his arms, while he was barely able to control his anger towards that side of the house for doing that to her. They both sat their in tears, praying to God to give them the strength to get through the rest of this competition without blowing up.
They had to decide to back down against the enemy instead of give them a taste of their own medicine. They decided to be better than that situation, I applaud them for being so strong.
It was a hard scene to watch and go through as a woman of color. It was a hard fucking scene.
I remember this scene.
I remember I cried with her.
Because white supremacy was goading her and hurting her
And she couldn’t do anything about it
I am so glad that he stood for her
He was 100% in her corner
Because nobody else would be.
A cop holds a taser to the neck of a Lakota man who was attempting to block two Budweiser trucks from entering White Clay, Nebraska.
Many of the people of the Pine Ridge reservation have been focusing a lot lately on shutting down the town of White Clay, Nebraska, just off the reservation. Existing only to sell beer and liquor, largely to people suffering from alcoholism, White Clay profits from addiction and death. Alcoholism causes rampant social problems on Pine Ridge and elsewhere, such as abuse of children and deaths from drunk driving.
People gathered at the Zero Tolerance Camp at the edge of the reservation, bordering White Clay. Here, people have been camping out to maintain a continued presence, and holding weekly blockades to stop trucks from bringing in alcohol. On Monday, people joined together to stop the beer trucks from delivering.
Things escalated quickly after the arrival of President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Bryan V. Brewer, Sr. As the beer trucks arrived, he marched in the center of the crowd as it moved down the street into White Clay. Police approached him and, after a brief interaction, arrested him with no explanation of what he was being charged with. The crowd surrounded the cop car for several minutes before allowing it to drive away as Brewer motioned for them to step aside.
As people marched to block the beer trucks, police held tasers to people’s hearts and necks, violently pulled people’s hair, wrestled people to the ground, and forcefully pushed people. Crowds gathered around, screaming to let them go. We saw how, in White Clay, brutality was the first resort of the police although the Lakota people had no recourse other than direct action to stop White Clay from plaguing their people. But people held their ground, and the two Budweiser trucks that had come into White Clay never made their deliveries that day. Together, we all let out a massive cheer when the trucks finally drove away.
anonymous asked: Dear black kids - if you’re being followed and threatened by a white guy with a gun, make sure you don’t try to defend yourself or fight back, because then it’ll totally be your fault when he kills you.
Also, if you ever want to get away with a murder, one thing you might try is going up to someone, assaulting them, and when they fight back, shoot them and claim you were afraid for your life.
By 1680, you see the beginning of the changes. What had happened - and this is a complicated story - was that colonial leaders had to deal with Bacon and that rebellion. The British sent a fleet of three ships and by the time they got to Virginia, there were 8,000 poor men rebelling who had burned down Jamestown - blacks, whites, mulattos. And it was quite clear that this kind of unity and solidarity among the poor was dangerous.
After that, they began to pass laws, very gradually. They passed laws that gave Europeans privileges while they increasingly enslaved Africans. They passed a number of laws that prevented blacks, Indians, and mulattos from owning firearms, for example. Everybody had firearms. Everybody in Virginia still has firearms!
Then there was another change: There was a decline in the number of European servants coming to the New World. At the same time, there was an increase in the ships bringing Africans to the New World. By the 1690s or so, the English themselves had outfitted their ships to bring Africans back from the continent, and this is the first time that they had had direct connections.
But the Africans also had something else. They had skills which neither the Indians nor the Irish had. The Africans brought here were farmers. They knew how to farm semi-tropical crops. They knew how to build houses. They were brick makers, for example. They were carpenters and calabash carvers and rope makers and leather workers. They were metal workers. They were people who knew how to smelt ore and get iron out of it. They had so many skills that we don’t often recognize. But the colony leaders certainly recognized that. And they certainly gave high value to those slaves who had those skills.
After 1690 things begin to change. All of the Europeans become identified as “white.” And Africans take on a different kind of identity. They are not only heathens, but they are people who are perceived as vulnerable to being enslaved. And that’s a major point. Africans were vulnerable because it became part of the consciousness that they had no rights as Englishmen. Even the poorest Englishman knew that he had some rights. But once a planter owns a few Africans, the idea that the Africans had no rights that they had to recognize became very clear. And that’s why they were vulnerable to being enslaved, and kept in slavery. The laws that were passed after that all tended to diminish the rights of African people. But between 1690 and 1735, even those Africans who had been free and who had been there for many generations, had their rights taken away from them.
Once you magnify the difference between the slaves and the free, then it was possible to create a society in which the slaves were little better than animals. They were thought of as animals. And the more you think of slaves as animals, the more you justify keeping them as slaves.
After a while, slavery became identified with Africans. Blackness and slavery went together in the popular mind. And this is why we can say that race is a product of the popular mind, because it was this consciousness that blackness and slavery were bound together, that gave people the idea that Africans were a different kind of people.
Think of the early 17th century planter who wrote to the trustees of his company and he said, “Please don’t send us any more Irishmen. Send us some Africans, because the Africans are civilized and the Irish are not.” But 100 years later, the Africans become increasingly brutalized. They become increasingly homogenized into a category called “savages.” And all the attributes of savagery which the English had once given to the Irish, now they are giving to the Africans.
Why were Africans the slaves of choice?
Audrey Smedley is a professor of anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is author of Race in North America: Origins of a Worldview.
THIS THIS THIS
READ IT AND KNOW IT
IT DID NOT SPRING OUT OF THE GROUND IT WAS A CONCERTED EFFORT, AS IT ALWAYS IS
They took us because we HAD THE SKILLS.
And from then on, they lied to us, berated us and told us that we were without capacity to learn.
But we’re the lazy ones?
for those with an interest in the documentation and details, there’s also a summary of The Invention of the White Race by its author, Theodore W. Allen, here.
exactly. learned this MY LAST SEMESTER IN COLLEGE in a 400 level class taught by an amazing professor. (i have a feeling he’s probably met her, too)