@4 weeks ago with 3505 notes
#lets #talk #about #this #problem
I will never, ever, ever understand people who think being white is something to be proud of. Like you, I understand taking an interest in your heritage, but “white” is not a heritage. The assertion that it is a heritage unto itself (and not one’s actual heritage, like being of German or Swedish or French descent) is something that won’t ever compute for me.
And I say that as a white woman in America. I understand that I have privilege. It took me a while to get it— I was never racist but there were (and I’m sure still are) things I didn’t understand about being a person of color in the US. It took education to recognize the reality of my life experience versus that of a person of color. Now I see it, recognize it, more and more. It’s there. It’s gross. It’s a systemic problem in our society, and it is not about how one person treats another in one situation.
Anyway, I found this graphic and I thought it might be helpful in your conversations with people who don’t understand the difference between racism and prejudice (and, y’know, people just being assholes).
I understand that i am probably on the unpopular, non-tumblr-famous side of this issue, but i find this post to be, at least in part, insulting and demeaning and, well, just wrong in its initial assertions. “Racism” DOES NOT MEAN the structural oppression of “NON-WHITES”. Saying that is racist. I’m sick of it. This whole white-shaming bullshit has to stop. I cannot fathom how even half-way intelligent people don’t see this as being the other side of the same racist coin. You want people to be treated equally? TREAT THEM FUCKING EQUALLY. You are not on the morally superior side of this problem just because you are a minority; you do not rise to a higher ethical station as a white person because you shame yourself and other whites; you are only becoming part of the problem. What is worse is that you are a part of the problem that actual believes you’re really helping.
TL;DR - Racists fight racists by fighting fire with fire, the whole world burns, and i brood silently in the corner listening to caught in a flood.
(Source: stfuracists, via youngcasanovette)
Everyone in the world thinks I’m gay, apparently
@10 months ago with 1 note