The White Racial Frame (WRF) is a hell of a drug. One symptom is that it leaves one “stuck” in a single-track that continues to play “White people are awesome” or “Racism no longer exists”. No matter what is said or done, those of us who’ve accepted the harsh truth are always wrong.
To those with the WRF, it is us who are guilty of maintaining racism and never the social, political or economic institutions governing racism day in and day out. It is us, the people of color, who are the cause of white people hating us due to high crime rates, a lack of a strong work ethic, a propensity of violence, etc. and not the oppressive systems that continue being cranked out for the sake of strengthening the status quo. And, it is us who are the cause of all the problems we face today and never due to a dysfunctional society.
You can present all kinds of research you want. It won’t make a bit of difference. The minds of the WRF drones are made up. What they believe is the one and only truth. There is nothing that can be said, no matter how actual it is, that can dispute the WRF.
So, why bother arguing with the stubborn ones? Nowadays, their responses become more and more predictable and brazen. The basic theme behind each of them is to protect the emotions of white people and only white people. Their feelings are, allegedly, more worthy of attention than anyone else’s, and they will make that point loud and clear. Still, why bother arguing with such people when their mind is made up?
When it comes to topics about race, those of us on the receiving end of the finger-pointing hate to be told that we are wrong about our stories, and it makes things more painful when the opposing side has no, little or pointless proof to their case. So, we defend not only ourselves, but our people. We state our own case with credible and personal evidence, but again, that would not make a difference to most people drunk with the WRF who are perfectly comfortable with victim blaming.
At the end of the day we are sick and tired of the endless typecasting as one entity based on the WRF. For blacks, browns and Middle-Easterners in particular, we are always cast as the villain most of the time. Our individuality is negated, our basic human faults found in every group are turned into destructive pathologies regulated to certain groups, and our only salvation is through the white man.
Some of us use it as an in-depth look into the WRF and how it operates. We argue to learn, in other words. Those with the WRF tend to deny their racism, but will show off their true feelings in other ways. They will show-and-tell how racism operates on a mental level unwittingly proven the opposition right.
Even though those with the WRF drive us into insanity, there is part of us – in some of us – that still love them. Is this the result of hundreds of years of oppression, or is this a strong sense of humanity that surfaces what want us to save them? It may be both, but there’s a need to stop the evils of white supremacy which includes freeing those lost in the WRF.
In the end, however, only they can free themselves from this mindset if they choose to.