Yes, there are white people who are sick of white people’s shit, namely their hyperactive fear-based view of the world through a white lens. And they have made their points known without apology. Predictably, the fearful white folks get hurt and offended. Apparently, asking them to change their ways that negatively affect people of color since, you know, they’re the most privileged people in a white dominated society, is like discriminated because of your skin color, if you hear some of them tell it. And there are white people who find that an outlandishly unfair comparison that someone with a backbone made of overcooked noodles would make.
Susana Rinderle MA, ACC, President of Susana Rinderle Consulting, LLC, is a trainer, coach, speaker, author and diversity & inclusion expert. She wrote an open letter on the reaction to R&B singer Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime performance from 2016 by white people who expressed their shock and anger. If you recall, Bey’s show was problack with the black panther-based costumes, them forming a large ‘x’ in tribute to Malcolm X and throwing their fists in the air. So yeah, white people, albeit those who were fans of the singer, got pissed off.
Rinderle saw this and had this to say:
Dear White People: really? We’re this selfish and blind? We find this offensive when we’ve been killing Black boys in the streets for little-to-no reason, letting their murderers go free and poisoning an entire city’s water supply (and that’s just what we’ve done for Black folks lately)? How can we possibly compare the Panthers to the Klan? Do none of us read? The Panthers have nothing like the track record of violence, rape, torture and murder that we do against Black people, Klan or otherwise. The Panthers rose up to protect their community from police brutality, feed kids breakfast and provide healthcare. They rose up because we weren’t protecting, feeding or caring for them as we do ourselves. And we’re doing an arguably worse job today.
Also, White People: really? We’re this hypocritical? We find Beyoncé’s performance bigoted when we’ve covered ourselves in Confederate flags on stage, on trucks, on homes, and on government buildings? We think that’s OK because it’s an expression of regional or historical pride? Oh please. Are we not listening to African Americans at all? Or do we just not care what they say?
Dear White People: we must be some world class a-holes to think Black people are imagining things or “using” situations for “political” reasons. What does that even mean? Of course they’re politically motivated – just like us. They want to be treated with dignity, fairness, and respect through public policy – just like us. They want college, jobs, promotions, housing and safe streets – just like us. So why do we dismiss, minimize and outright ignore Black folks when they tell us things aren’t right or fair? We must think they’re all (a) delusional, (b) liars, or (c) lazy and incapable of providing for themselves (like we do), which is why they’re resorting to complaints and manipulation. Really? Have none of us met a Black person before? Oh my White brothers and sisters, our bigotry is showing and we’re proving the need for Superbowl Panthers and #BlackLivesMatter.
Yes, we’ve had the misfortune of running and debating with white people who think this way and will argue without shame trying desperately to show they’re right. White people like that must also be frightened of being wrong.
My fellow White People: we must also be some world class weaklings to be unable to tolerate strong Black women inspiring and uplifting their community – through dance on a football field. My ancestors tolerated long dangerous journeys, famine, locusts, frozen crops, too many babies, sweatshops and a Civil War concentration camp. They would laugh in our wimpy faces.
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Rinderle continues on exposing white people’s greatest fears. Most of comments have been positive praising Rinderle for such an insightful and hard-hitting article. (Of course she had criticisms.) It was especially cool to watch her juxtapose white people’s fragility to their ancestors braving harsh conditions. You want to try to climb Mt. Everest, tame lions and tigers and chase tornadoes, but a black female performer protesting police brutality against black people through song and dance is somehow spine-chilling.
And some white folks find this nothing short of sad.