There’s no doubt that some of the obvious forms of racism comes from the right side of the political aisle. However, whenever it’s exposed, some conservatives goes into deflective mode arguing that the left is guilty of racism more so than the right. We know it’s a way of avoiding any accountability of their part in the problem, but we can’t ignore that racism is not confined to only one end of the spectrum.
Recently, Chris Newman, a black farmer and owner of Sylvanaqua Farms, writes on his Facebook page about the kind of racism he faces. In response to the Love Trumps Hate rally held in Charlottesville to counter alt-right leader’s Richard Spencer’s rally held in the same place defending the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee that’s on the verge of being taken down Newman says that the racism he faces aren’t from usual white supremacists but from white liberals.
Usually, anything the alt-right does is picked for public ridicule and condemnation as it should be as their racism is in plain sight. However, Newman shed some light on white progressives who appear to be fighting against hate, but have yet to face their own as their racism shows itself:
Newman went on to call out the subtle racism of his neighbors, who purport to be progressive and inclusive but have yet to acknowledge the fact that Charlottesville is, by his estimation, “the most aggressively segregated place” he’s ever lived in.
The farmer recounted that he’s been racially profiled and questioned by police several times after receiving “strange looks from a passerby.”
“It isn’t Richard Spencer calling the cops on me for farming while Black,” Newman wrote. “It’s nervous White women in yoga pants with ‘I’m with her’ and ‘Coexist’ stickers on their German SUVs.”
The farmer went on to suggest that residents of the town who are interested in racial progress should consider how to effect change in their own everyday lives.
“People are so busy going after that easy fix, going after that Confederate flag, that they’re not doing the hard thing, which is thinking, how did we get here, and how the hell do we dig out of institutional racism,” Newman wrote.
If anything, it shows that fighting racism doesn’t make you immune to being a racist, nor does it mean that you no longer have racist thoughts in your head. One can not be born in a racist society and not have racist or prejudiced views. If there are white people who are truly committed to dismantling this form of oppression, they need to examine themselves and face the very problem they’re supposedly against. People of color are sick of posers and talkers, those who act the part but would tremble in fear at the sight of a black man or would see a Latinx and secretly wonder if he(she) is in this country illegally. Bottom line, if you are indeed a white progressive, be one. Don’t just act like one to hide your hate.