and if any of you white people respond with “wait but I didn’t do that. that was in the past”
i need you to check your privilege
and then drink bleach if you think your hands aren’t dirty
Guilt doesn’t transfer from generation to generation. I am not magically accountable for something my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather MIGHT have done. Also;
>social justice blogger
>telling people to kill themselves
I love that there’s a blog called “this is white culture” that is solely devoted to bad things white people did, not their cultures at all. So I guess I can make a blog called “this is black culture” and post gang and crime records and that’s 100% okay. Or “this is Muslim culture” and make it all about terrorism.
But wait, you cry. Not all black people are criminals and not all Muslims are terrorists. That’s unfair! And racist!
WELL GOLLY GEE DO YOU THINK SO? Because saying that all white people are responsible for the Atlantic slave trade sounds pretty racist to me, given that, you know, that was between the African slaveholders and the British and Americans and had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with my ancestors, who were incredibly poor farmers and serfs from Ireland and Lithuania who had to flee to America at around the turn of the century (by which time slavery had already been abolished in the US) because they were being treated like slaves. Even if they had been living in America at the time when slavery was legal they wouldn’t have been able to afford a slave; in fact they probably would have been working with them in the fields and treated about the same, since the first slaves in America were actually white serfs. But please, tell me more about how dirty my hands are because of circumstances surrounding my birth that I could not control and continue to treat me differently based on the color of my skin without actually knowing anything about my heritage, I’m sure that isn’t racist at all!
:( I have mixed feelings about this. I’m still confused about it I guess. From what I understand, this does not address the idea that people of color are not, and can never be, truly “racist.” Racism involves power. If you don’t have power over the media, the government, or the social system in general, then you are incapable of being “racist.” While we have a president in the U.S. who is half black, it by no means makes “racism” over, nor does it make black people or any other person of color the dominating power in those areas I previously mentioned. “White” people still hold that title. However, I can see why Irish people and many other immigrants who self-identify as “white” feel very mixed up in this because they are technically “white,” but they were actually brutalized as well in their own country for many years :S I hate the whole thing only because I wish everyone were equal and not so much that we could sweep the past under the rug (because that is impossible and doesn’t solve anything) but that we could somehow manage to make each other FEEL equal. It has to do partly with just respecting each other for being human. Humanity is full of atrocities, and there is no forgiveness for it. There is no way to make it better or undo it, and I don’t care how many national holidays they attempt to make, it’s not going to absolve the crimes of the past. But if we could respect that we’ll NEVER fully understand what other people (and not just races or genders or any other “grouping” but INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE) are going through or have gone through, then I think we’d be a lot better off. And not understanding is OKAY. It’s not something to be afraid of or to worry over or to be repulsed by. We don’t have to understand, but respect is something we should all learn. At the very least. Respect for each person and their personal struggle. Because there ARE some people who don’t have to suffer for what happened to their ancestors, and that is lucky. But there ARE also those who DO still struggle, because people have a sickness, a disease, where they fear what they don’t understand, and that perpetuates the worst fucking crimes imaginable. Maybe, eventually, if we START with respecting each other, not hating each other, and focus on people as people, individuals, we’ll actually get some real fucking equality up in this bitch.
Lmfao at white folks getting mad cause POC still remember the past. Like the initial post says. Check your privilege.