Trust me on this one white people. I can think of a list of things off the top of my head that are way worse than being called racist.
It’s much worse to be called colored while having an elderly white woman pat you on the head like you’re a…
^I agree. It also sucks when you get called a racist, and you’re just as appalled by everything that was listed as— Well I guess you can’t be just as appalled, as you were never called it, but you’re mad as shit.
Can I tell you how many times the name Emmet Till has made me need to hold back tears? I don’t need to read the story— just hear or read or even think the name. And you know what I think? That poor little boy.
Not because I am trying to call him ‘boy’ or pity him or downplay him, but because in all seriousness he was a little boy. He was a little boy who had no one to save him, and when children get hurt or killed, I don’t care how far back in history, I get a little more than angry. I think that poor little boy, because a little boy was killed and not just killed but brutally killed.
Not to mention, it makes me sick that I get lumped into the group of scary racists who beat him to death just because I am Caucasian.
There are tons of people, caucasion people, who hear your plight. There are tons of amazing caucasion advocates.
So yeah, it really hurts me when I get called a racist or something. Am I guilty of falling into a stereotype or not liking some typical stereotypes and yadda yadda? Yeah, I think we all are. Everyone is still working on pulling themselves out of this hateful mindset. So yeah, it hurts to get called that. And no, probably not as much as being called ‘boy’ or what have you, but please do not downplay my pain when I am not downplaying yours.
Hi, fellow white person, I can tell from your post you need to be collected. This means your white privilege has led you to believe you should enter a post made by a PoC discussing racism and try to make it about you and your whiteness. This is not helpful, rather it is harmful.
If you are actually interested in resisting racism, you need to understand how your comment actually supports racial oppression. If you refuse to try to understand this, you are merely indulging a self-serving, but false, image of yourself as ‘not racist’.
Ok, so this is tumblr. Most people on here are not guilty of violent hate crimes. When someone on tumblr says you are racist, or that you said something racist, they don’t mean you are a violent murderer, they mean you expressed a sentiment or opinion that supports systematic racial oppression. Privileging white opinions and feelings- no matter the context- supports racial oppression and is therefore racist. Insisting on the relevance of the white POV is racist. Yes, your comment is indicative of a racist attitude! I realize it may be too subtle to make you cry or even for you to notice. This doesn’t mean it isn’t real or really harmful.
Look, I get it- you thought the fight against racism would be obvious, with clearly drawn lines between good and evil, and that you could firmly place yourself on the good side. I used to think that too. But that’s not how it really is. As white people, we are all implicated. We are complicit when we benefit from being white, when we don’t notice that benefit, when we refuse to acknowledge it, when we do nothing about it.
A PoC said “trust me on this white people” and you didn’t. You still thought you knew better. This is the crux. We white people cannot really understand what it feels like to experience racism. We have to trust the voices of PoC when they speak of their experience. If we do not choose to grant this trust (and yes, we are in the position of power where we can choose to grant it or not) we cannot help resist racism but instead will only preserve it. Refusing to grant that trust and insisting you know something the PoC doesn’t (in this case- how much being called racist hurts) is an attempt to silence their voice. Here’s the thing- your pain is not relevant. The pain we as white people feel at being called out is the pain of privilege eroding. It is the pain of losing something we never earned in the first place. It is, at worst, the pain of our own false self-image being deflated. It is in no way comparable to the pain of oppression, of being treated as subhuman.
For white people the question isn’t, “Are you racist?” The question is, “Every day, are you a little bit less than the day before?”
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