This is a special addition of ‘Your Thoughts’ where the thread is open for those who have been victims of racism. This is where you tell your experience. And if you have more than one, feel free to explain it.
I wasn’t sure where to start. I wasn’t even sure what to say. But then, I realized that if they don’t understand by now, then an average blogger like me will have better luck trying to persuade a flea not to bite a dog’s ass. In the end, this is for those willing to listen from someone involuntarily representing a group of people not considered fully human or truly American.
I know some of you are angry over a certain football star, and his actions. You know, him kneeling during the National Anthem. You’re probably even more pissed that other football stars are following his lead. And you see how most, if not all, of them are black. And as such, that likely touched a nerve that set off your color-aroused bigotry.
We’ve seen this time and time again. We know the score. So, it’s useless to claim how you’re not a racist, nor will your faux-pology hold any weight. Personally, I’ve been taught that actions speak louder than words. So, you’re usual retorts and denial are powerless against your use of the n-word and other racial epithets.
Well, some of you will go that route while others will bitch and moan about how it’s your right to use hateful language, because apparently, if you can’t say something nice, say it anyway because free speech.
So, you will get mad at these athletes and the people who back them up. You will tell the ones with darker hues to go back to Africa. Telling black people when they’re upset at the injustices in America that affects the black community tremendously or exclusively to go back to Africa is one of the most heartless commands to give when they’re suffering in some way. It’s also nonsensical seeing as how most Black Americans are born in America and helped to create it. For generations, we largely built this country. We helped to fight for this country. We work hard to make it in this country. We respect the laws in this country. And we exercise our rights in this country, including the right to protest. You will say anything hurtful and destructive to avoid listening to why black people protest or should protest. Maybe it’s not so much as you think that black people don’t have anything to fight against. Maybe, just maybe it’s more along the lines that you don’t think black people are ALLOWED to stand up for anything that only affects them probably due to your unwillingness to see them as American citizens.
Black people, in general, love this country. We love it more than you want to know and give us credit for. Hell, we may even love this country more than you so-called patriots. The current issue at hand is that this country doesn’t love us back. The murder of unarmed black folks by fear-based police is but one example.
When Black Americans who posed no threat are killed left and right by people charged with protecting its citizens and then those people are primarily unpunished for taking innocent lives, it should be understandable that black people should get upset. But it’s not understandable to you, is it? Instead, you prefer that we handle a problem you think is important, black-on-black crime. You think we only get active when it’s a cop-based execution. Even worse is that you believe we hate police, and that we’re out to do to them what they’ve done to us.
Black folks have explained it over and over again. We simply want to be treated with the same rights and privileges as white people by police and other institutions in this country. We don’t want to take over. We don’t want hand outs. We don’t want revenge. And we are doing everything we can about the problem of crime in neighborhoods. To make a long story short, black people are doing everything they can to make America fulfill its potential, to truly turn it into a land of opportunity of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for the people, of the people and by the people.
But that’s still lost on you, and I can only guess that it’s due to you ignoring what we’re saying and avoiding what we’re doing. Your main beef is with athletes taking a knee during a song and you think that they’re disrespecting the flag, a decorated cloth used as a national symbol while a sporting event is about to commence.
And you think that’s patriotism. That’s the problem.
Patriotism is not about waving flags and singing songs that praise America. It’s about fighting out of one’s love for this nation. It’s about standing up for the injustices happening in this country. And it’s about fighting so that a nation becomes true to its word. Black people are not doing this out of hate. They’re doing this out of love, true love for this country, not some cosmetic affection born out of blind worship. Maybe you should learn more from them.
This doesn’t require any fancy words, extensive paragraphs or colorful language for the simple reason that it doesn’t take a lot of brain power to know what a punk-ass racist bully this nation’s president is. But some would deny it up and down while others will back him up, justifying his racism. And honestly, there’s nothing that could be said that would convince them that the man living in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is perhaps the worst man for the job. Then again, those people may be terrible people themselves, and birds of a feather…
So, what did 45 do this time? Well, in short, he lashed out at NFL football players kneeling during the National Anthem one of his usual Trumpian tirades. Keep in mind, that he was never that livid about the white supremacists terrorizing Charlottesville this past August, a gathering that resulted in violence and death. In fact, he referred to them as “very fine people” while an NFL protester, who’s black, is a “son of a bitch”. So, how exactly is this not a nod to racism?
You know what? I don’t want to know. There’s nothing that can be said to defend Trump for this or any of his bullshit since he was sworn in office. I’m inclined to assume that those who would still go out of their way to argue in favor of Trump, more or less, share his Neanderthal traits. They’re just as racist and angry as he is, and they look up to him for that.
From Raw Story:
Minnesota man was arrested on Wednesday after he accidentally shot himself in the arm—then told police he was attacked by an armed “black male.”
Brent Patrick Ahlers, a 25-year old security guard at St. Catherine University, shot himself in the shoulder Tuesday night, prompting a campus-wide lock-down and building-to-building school sweep, City Pages reports. Authorities conducted an “exhaustive” search for the suspect after Ahlers told police a “black male” was responsible for his injury.
Police was reported to have been working hard to find this guy, but stopped when Ahlers confessed that he was responsible for his own shooting.
St. Paul Police eventually called off the search after they failed to locate the suspect. It wasn’t until the following day that Ahlers admitted he pulled the trigger “while handling a gun he wasn’t supposed to have on campus,” according to City Pages. The security guard was reportedly afraid of losing his job.
Ahlers has been charged with falsely reporting a crime.
Lisa Clark, who lives in St. Paul, told City Pages about the atmosphere caused by this wild racial goose chase:
“I was angry that he subjected the entire neighborhood to this huge police presence, that people were afraid being out and about,” she said, noting Ahler’s false reporting tapped “into people’s racism.”
If this sounds familiar, you may have heard of a similar story a few weeks back involving Joshua Witt. Witt from Sheridan, Colorado, wrote on his Facebook page that he was stabbed by a random black guy because he had a Neo-Nazi haircut. The mainstream news media was starting to take attention to this story. Infowars blowhard Alex Jones used this story to promote the myth of excessive black-on-white crimes.
Welp, the story was a fake. Witt actually stabbed himself by accident.
It seems like when it come to accidents resulting in getting themselves or others hurt, white people can’t seem to handle being seen as clumsy. Is this due to come ego-driven push to deny that they’re capable of making thoughtless mistakes. And, as usual in a white racist society, they see blaming it on nonexistent black people as an acceptable way to cover up that they’re human like anyone else?
Usually, I come down hard on these people. And I will.
Look, we all fuck up. To err is human. But there seems to be this sick need to try to blame their mistakes on others and cause trouble for the entire community. This is what racial hoaxes help do, turn entire communities and group of people into potential suspects for a crime no member of said group committed.
The stories of Brent Patrick Ahlers and Joshua Witt should be lessons to us all that if we make mistakes, we should own up to them. And since these two morons are white guys, the lesson should be to don’t cover up your stupid asses by blaming black guys and take responsibility for your lack of knowledge for handling weapons properly.
Claremont — Activists and community members in Claremont are calling on police to provide more information after allegations that a young boy was injured late last month in a racially motivated incident.
The family of an 8-year-old biracial boy said he was taunted with racial epithets by a group of young teenagers and then intentionally pushed off a picnic table with a rope around his neck in the backyard of a home near Barnes Park.
Ten days after the incident, aside from confirming an ongoing investigation, police have refused to release any details about the case, citing the confidentiality that protects juvenile proceedings.
But Twin State activists involved with racial justice issues said that by not offering any information about the case, officials could be stifling an important community conversation about racism.
“Folks don’t just deserve to be informed about what’s going on; it is imperative that we disseminate this information,” said Mark Hughes, the co-founder and executive director for Justice for All, a Vermont-based group for racial justice. “Because to not do this feeds into the problem.”
Hughes noted that while the incident occurred on Aug. 28, it took more than a week for it to become public, and that was only because of a widely shared Facebook post by the boy’s mother.
“I am upset and saddened and angered about how the police and city officials have chosen to play this,” said Kendra Colburn, of Strafford, a member of the Upper Valley chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. “(They) all seem like they do not want media attention on this story, and I am concerned about that. I am really concerned that we can’t change what we don’t know about or refuse to look at.”
As he has done repeatedly, Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase on Thursday declined to comment on the case, citing confidentiality laws that protect juveniles.
Chase has confirmed that there was an incident involving juveniles on Aug. 28 that remains under investigation.
In an interview on Thursday, he acknowledged that he has received several inquiries from people both in and out of Claremont, and though he is constrained on what he can say, he said he has reassured each person that the police department is committed to getting to the bottom of all complaints it receives.
For good reasons, Chase said, criminal investigations involving juveniles are kept confidential.
“Mistakes they make as a young child should not have to follow them for the rest of their life,” Chase said.
We all know what the sentiment and reaction would be if the colors of the children were reversed. Angela Helm of the Root commented on this response as posted on the Daily Kos:
*Notice how he called these predators “young children,” infantilizing the white teens. Conversely, teens like Trayvon Martin are made out to be hulking, menacing adults. Chief Chase seems to be centering the perpetrators’ feelings and futures, all but forgetting about the trauma of a little boy who had his so-called friends hang him from a tree to the point where he had to be medevaced to a hospital.
This article was written by Stephen M. Gillon, an scholar-in-residence for HISTORY and professor of history at the University of Oklahoma. He openly asks and ponders on why a lot of white males are ticked off as recently seen in Charlottesville in this article written for the Washington Post:
What emboldened white nationalists to brazenly march through a sleepy college town and then violently assault counterprotesters? That’s the question lingering in the minds of Americans two weeks after Charlottesville.
Although many forces came into play to produce these heartbreaking events, a crisis of white identity drove them. More than a half-century ago, minorities, women and immigrants began to challenge the economic, political and legal hierarchy that had favored white men for centuries. Their efforts produced a white backlash that burst into the open after Barack Obama’s election in 2008.
Donald Trump has tapped into this anger and manipulated it to his political advantage. The bond between President Trump and his white followers is not based on policy but on grievance. They both reject the cultural changes over the past half-century, and Trump’s Make America Great Again slogan signals his intent to unravel them. Last week in Phoenix, he extolled his overwhelmingly white audience as “honest, hard-working taxpaying … Americans who love our nation, obey our laws and care for our people.” He warned that the hated media was trying to “take away our history and our heritage,” fanning the flames of white discontent.
The past five decades have not been kind to the white, heterosexual men who made up the overwhelming majority of those who invaded Charlottesville and who support the white nationalist movement. Until the 1960s, white men sat unchallenged atop the United States’ cultural and economic pyramid. They did not have to compete against women or African Americans in the workplace, and they benefited from laws and customs that sustained their privileged position. They not only ruled the workplace, they dominated American politics and exercised virtually unchallenged power at home.
At the same time, a combination of unprecedented prosperity and a muscular labor movement provided well-paying jobs in large manufacturing plants with generous benefits. (There were, of course, many whites who lacked meaningful employment and battled poverty, but compared to other groups, white men clearly enjoyed advantages.)
And then their world exploded. African Americans, unwilling to accept the legacy of Jim Crow, confronted the white power structure in the South. With the help of liberal allies, they pushed Congress to pass two major pieces of civil rights legislation that outlawed legal discrimination. Feminists, inspired by these successes, challenged laws that confined them to traditional roles in the private sphere. They smashed the notion that women could not be lawyers, doctors and corporate leaders, and they made clear they were not content to be subservient housewives. They were later joined by the LGBT community that demanded equal treatment while questioning traditional conceptions of gender and sexuality.
But by far the greatest threat to white male dominance has been immigration. The Immigration Act of 1965, which made “family unification” the centerpiece of the nation’s immigration policy, produced a dramatic increase in the number of people coming to the United States. According to the Pew Research Center, immigrants and their children born in the United States account for 55 percent of population growth since 1965. Immigrants made up 5 percent of the population in 1965; they make up 14 percent today.
This legislation also fundamentally altered immigration patterns. After 1965, the vast majority of new immigrants came from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Many whites view these immigrants as a threat to America’s “common culture” — a culture that white men created. From their perspective, instead of assimilating into the American culture, recent migrants have given rise to a new identity politics that celebrates cultural differences and rejects shared values.
Beginning in the 1960s, many white men perceived the changes wrought by the rights movements and increased immigration not as building a fairer, more diverse society and rectifying past wrongs, but as a direct assault on them and their values. In response, they mobilized in opposition to policies designed to promote diversity, from busing and affirmative action to bilingual education and gay rights. Grievance defined their targets. They fumed about companies and schools giving preference to less-qualified minorities in an effort to achieve greater diversity. And they’ve battled against liberal academics who want to erase them from the history books by stressing multiculturalism and celebrating the contribution of minorities while distorting and minimizing the achievements of white men.
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For the record, I didn’t come up with the title. I got it and the picture from Facebook. Anyway, this is a message from a group calling themselves the National Alliance. As you can see, white genocide is their main focus and enemy, and they want all white folks who are just as afraid to unite with them to fight back against interracial mating, immigration, the anti-white media and all things white in general.
I would sympathize, but seeing as how white dominance is still holding up strong and how racism against African Americans is often scoffed at, I feel absolutely nothing but pity for these souls who have an abundance of privileges based on their skin color and may also consider themselves as the superior people, but they simultaneously also see themselves as victims of a world bowing down to the lesser races. I see a bold-faced contradiction in this thinking, and that’s what makes it so pathetic, at least to me.
I don’t hate white people, and I won’t season it with the taste of “Some of my best friends are white”. I don’t see a need to push that claim, and I actually don’t have best friends. Still, my blog posts and me highlighting articles or excerpts from books that expose or examine racism indicates that I have a problem with white people according to…white people.
The flack I catch ranges from those who sought me out for not having an open conversation and allowing the “other side” to speak to those who scream how racism against people of color (POC) is not the problem. But I’ve learned that those who groan about me not having an open discussion are actually full of shit, because their version of an ‘open discussion’ is them expecting me to shut the hell up, listen to what they cry about and expect me to agree with every single twisted word, and any disagreements are attacks on their fragile characters. As far as the racism deniers are concerned, their arguments fall off like water off a duck’s back. No well-founded argument with empirical proof is presented and, as expected, there’s no interest in hearing what you have to say even if you have backup information. All evidence is shot down despite them demanding you to show something of substance.
In many of their claims, my “hatred” of white people is due to white people being – well – white, and my “racism” is just as ignorant and loathsome as, or worse than, anti-black racism.
I did admit that I am racist. One troll used my confession to drive his anti-white point home and probably to disseminate any hint that America is a racist nation. It’s no use to convince him and other deniers that being born in America would virtually guarantee that one would develop prejudice and racism. And being a POC in this country will also likely be taught internalized racism against his or her own people. That’s the kind of racism I fight everyday from within. My love for myself and my people is always challenged one way or another. It’s that love that’s keeping me and many other black folks afloat preventing them from drowning into a sea of hate.
POC don’t hate white people, and talking about and wanting an end to racism is not an attack on white people. As a whole, we don’t want kill white people. We’re not killing them off by the hundreds of thousands every year as so many white supremacists believe. If there was any truth to that, white people would either be a dwindling minority or completely wiped out altogether in this land. We are not drastically more likely to commit crimes against white people. And we’re not raping their women.
All we want is for white folks to cut the habitual bullshit. We’re sick of their pseudo-scientific nonsense that says having European genes makes them better than the rest of the world’s population and thus, can do what they will with this planet and its people. We’re sick of them stealing our cultures and try to portray them as their inventions. We’re sick of them trying to justify slavery by using the tired-ass response that Africans had slaves too or worse, masking a massive kidnapping and brutal subjugation of millions while wiping away their heritages as a blessing in disguise. We’re sick of being hated and feared due to our nonwhite features alone. We’re tired of history written by them where we always play the part of backward lazy savages while you’re portrayed as innovative heroes who invented everything since the Big Bang. We’re sick of being lectured as if we’re birdbrained children about what it means to be POC from white people who probably never met one in real life and are supposed to just accept their blather. We’re tired of being collectively blamed for the actions of a few while you have the privilege of individuality even if you destroy the whole damn world. We’re tired of being accused of interject race into everything while we’re not the ones who started this piteous shitlaced trend.
I could go on, but I have a life outside this blog. But by now, the picture should be developed, unless you think this post is another investment in how anti-white I supposedly am. In which case, I’m too tired to care.
Bottom line, we’re not out to get white people. We just want to be treated with respect in a white dominated nation or be left dafuck alone. Neither of those are happening on a large scale basis. I don’t hate white people, but I hate asshole behavior. That’s what comes from being the biggest bigoted benefactors of actual racism. And if they think that’s what being white is all about, they are living, breathing insults to mankind. And they can’t blame that on us.
Although, they’ll still try.
You’ve probably heard about Donald Trump’s pardoning of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, and you’ve likely gotten truckloads of negative reactions towards it, particularly how it is yet another volume to the conman-in-chief’s endless examples and support of racism.
For those not in the know, Arpaio calls himself ‘America’s toughest sheriff’, but records show that he may have been (one of) America’s most controversial sheriff, especially when it came to his crusade against illegal immigration which could be reignited since he’s free to walk.
The New York Times reports:
During Mr. Arpaio’s tenure, inmates were sometimes forced to stay in outdoor tents under the hot sun, wear pink underwear or work on chain gangs. (The sheriff is widely believed to have started the nation’s first female chain gang in 1996.) His deputies have been accused of racist abuse, needless intimidation and fatal mistreatment of prisoners.
Mr. Arpaio seemed to revel in the spotlight as his tactics drew greater attention, and he often accused opponents of attacking him for political gain.
He was a strident critic of President Barack Obama and a leading proponent of the theory that Mr. Obama was not born in the United States. In 2012, he sent a posse to Hawaii to check on the president’s birth certificate.
The sheriff was an early supporter of Mr. Trump, giving his endorsement to the candidate in January 2016.
It’s almost no surprise that the two essentially have the same mentality, and like the man he supported, Arpaio’s moral and lawful background is questionable at best and disconcerting at worst:
Mr. Arpaio has been embroiled in legal troubles for at least a decade. Some highlights:
In 2007, two owners of The Phoenix New Times, a consistently fierce critic of the sheriff, were arrested in their homes after the newspaper reported on a county subpoena seeking readers’ internet browsing records. The charges were dropped, and the paper’s owners won millions in a settlement after suing the sheriff’s office.
In 2011, the Justice Department accused Mr. Arpaio of leading an office with “a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos,” who were unfairly targeted by immigration raids and traffic stops in Maricopa County. It tried to reach a settlement to address the violations before resorting to a lawsuit in 2012.
It’s become impossible to defend Trump for this latest endorsement of corruption. But his loyal disciples will see this as a victory through and though no matter how disreputable it is. We can only guess that they, like both Trump and Arpaio, are likely morally bankrupt themselves.
Ever noticed how white people get anxious and nervous as hell when the word ‘white’ is mentioned in terms of race? Through experience, when mentioning or discussing whiteness, white privilege, white supremacy, white anything, there is at least one white person that will pop up and go on the defensive as if the discussion was about him or her. They will swoop in guns blazing ready to defend the sanctified dignity of the entire white race.
I know you’ve been told how hot all whites are racist, especially the white person who told you. You’ve been told that white supremacy doesn’t exist or that racism is not a major issue for people of color. You’ve even heard how white people are superior. Anytime ‘white’ is uttered, you can expect a white person to dish out weapons of whiteness we’re all too familiar with as we’ve been bombarded with the same weapons before all in the name of protecting something that they’re afraid of facing.
Irna L. Landrum, who wrote a piece for the Daily Kos, talks about her experience teaching a racial equality training. She writes how white people, including the ones who believe they’re progressive, get in their feelings when their color and all the things associated with it is brought up:
White people on the left often hate to be called white. Much of the time, progressive or liberal white people experience this naming as a direct attack, something to get away from, fight back against, or something they just can’t handle, all jittery and anxious, trying to DO something and just making it worse. Sometimes they stand there, bodies all braced and waiting for the moment to pass. And sometimes they completely disappear, ghosts in front of your eyes. This discomfort—even hatred—only increases in times like these, where white nationalism is hyper visible.
From the moment that egg and sperm meet, each of us is becoming a specific kind of person based upon where we live, the cultures we are raised in, and our experiences. This is our conditioning. Those raised to be white are conditioned from birth to accept the glaring contradiction between everything they are taught about love and how to treat people, and treating or witnessing people of color be treated as exceptions to these rules. White people are taught, indirectly through experience and directly through words, that this contradiction is normal, justifying their comfort, even as others suffer. This is what I mean by whiteness. I don’t mean culture. Whiteness is not culture. Whiteness is absence.
Whiteness is a suppression of humanity.Whiteness is a collective agreement which evolved among those who descended from Europe on the best way to survive. Whiteness is an infestation with roots in European histories of violence which then reimagined itself when it colonized the lands below our feet.
Whiteness is wily. It exists to survive and replicate. It is not carried in the genes of those who pass it on to their children. Instead, it is taught, directly and indirectly, to every Euro-descended child so that they become, even before first breath, white. And this teaching is about what it means to put your own life and comfort first, your own guaranteed survival, automatically, overtly and subtly, and to do this without feeling any contradiction with your most basic values.
To feel the contradiction between your values and something you are doing or witnessing is to feel unsettled. Uncomfortable. Everything about whiteness is a deep contradiction to the values that many white people are raised with as well as to the basic biological forces of human connection and empathy. Feeling unsettled or uncomfortable is important for human development. Struggling, dealing with this unsettledness is how we learn. It’s where wisdom comes from. It is what whiteness protects against.
Whiteness is not just a conditioned way for individuals to be in the world, it is also a system. White supremacy is what happens when systems are constantly communicating that this muted state is normal and that when your white body does not have what it is entitled to—safety, security, comfort, enough energy, a strong sense of purpose and connection—then either you are not working hard enough OR it’s someone else’s fault and must be eradicated. They must be eradicated, controlled, made to go away so that your comfort returns.
For the body, comfort is about survival. Discomfort cues the body to start looking around to see if everything is okay, if there is any threat that will interfere with our lives. If a threat is perceived, then the body launches the survival responses of flight, fight, and freeze. Once launched, the survival responses play out until the body perceives that the threat has passed and it is safe again.
Why do white people hate to be called white? Because living with contradiction can only happen if it is never made visible. The minute this contradiction is given a name, whiteness hijacks the body’s survival responses in order to ensure its own survival. Having someone see you, name you as white, name this deep life-contradiction, feels like an attack on the body. When the body feels attacked, it uses the tools that evolution has given mammals to find safety under threat. Fight. Flight. Freeze. Fold.
Gaslighting. White fragility. Whitesplaining. Microaggressions. White consolidation of power. Nepotism amongst those with power. Bystander silence. Scapegoating and targeting. White supremacist action. White folks not seeing, not believing, not feeling the impact of racism, thinking that somehow those impacted by racism must be overstating it, making it up, creating it. These are all examples of white survival responses.
Of course, I can never truly understand what it means to be white and have to live with and deal with whiteness, especially when it’s pointed out. I can only go by actions and reactions. Through my experience, I’ve seen how white people are when it comes to being confronted about their whiteness, and it’s virtually the same across the board no matter who they are.
But the reality is that such a mindset is debilitating to white folks even if it’s never mentioned. It produces a constant shelter and perpetual victimhood that prevents learning, empathy, and evolution. White people must truly confront, treat and cure whiteness if they ever hope to be truly free from their own prison of false comfort.