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1. In this country American means White. Everybody else has to hyphenate. ~Toni Morrison
2. When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression… When people say you have privilege they aren’t saying you don’t have and problems. They are saying you do not have the specific problems which come from oppression. This is not a difficult concept.
3. To say White Privilege in this country exists, is not the same as blaming White people for it.
4. “White Privilege” isn’t a term meant to diminish individuality; it’s not a personal attack. White privilege is a systemic cultural reality.
5. When some of us refer to Europeans its easier us to replace that word with White people and not always meant in a bad way.
6. When Black folks have several children they’re called irresponsible. When White people do, it’s called “19 Kids and Counting”. When Muslims are accosted for having the ABILITY to marry more than one wife, they’re called misogynistic. When White people do it, it’s called “Sister Wives”. When various cultures or Brown folks around the world have arranged marriages, they are shamed for it. When White people do it, it’s called “Marriage at First Sight”… Want to know what White Privilege is? Watch TLC
7. Affirmative Action isn’t Black Privilege … Affirmative Action was an attempt to give “an opportunity” to women and people of color because our institutions created an uneven playing field. It was an attempt to correct White Privilege.
8. One or two instances of discrimination do not add up to a lifetime of Institutionalized Racism.
9. Reverse racism is a myth because racism has, as part of its underpinnings, the core of systemic oppression of a minority by a majority benefiting from such oppression.
10. There is no such thing as ‘reverse racism’. There is only racism. Racism is the promotion of one racial group, or the derision of other racial groups. Racism can be engaged in by any race toward any other
11. Black people fighting for equality and an end to prejudice and bigotry do not make them racists because they are not in a position to dominate White people in the US.
12. White people have not been enslaved, colonized, or forced to segregate.
13. White people do not face housing or job discrimination, police brutality, poverty, or incarceration at the level Black people do. This is not to say that they do not experience things like poverty and police brutality at all. But again, not on the same scale — not even close. That is the reality of racism.
14. If you’ve NEVER had a defining moment in your childhood or your life where you realize your skin color alone makes other people hate you, you have White privilege.
15. Black people and other POC must navigate traditionally white spaces or they can’t function. You don’t have to go to the hip-hop club if you don’t feel welcome there, but Black people can’t avoid: The DMV and other government agencies, Banks and the loan application process, the admission process for schools, the white-dominated private sector, and trigger-happy cops.
16. Racism is racism no matter the color or ethnicity it is directed at.
17. The term suggests Blacks can’t be racist only merely “reverse racists” as if to say you Whites own everything including racism itself. Your privilege is showing.
18. If you’ve never been on the receiving end of the assumption that when you’ve achieved something it’s only because it was taken away from a White person who “deserved it,” that is White privilege.
19. If no one has ever questioned your intellectual capabilities or attendance at an elite institution based solely on your skin color; that is White Privilege.
20. So if you have never experienced or considered how damaging it is/was/could be to grow up without myriad role models and images in school that reflect you in your required reading material or in the mainstream media, that is White Privilege.
21. If you’ve never been blindsided when you are just trying to enjoy a meal by a well-paid faculty member’s patronizing and racist assumptions about how grateful black people must feel to be in their presence, you have white privilege.
22. If you’ve never been on the receiving end of a boss’s prejudiced, uninformed “how dare she question my ideas” badmouthing based solely on his ego and your race, you have white privilege.
23. If you’ve never had to mask the fruits of your success with a floppy-eared, stuffed bunny rabbit so you won’t get harassed by the cops on the way home from your gainful employment (or never had a first date start this way), you have white privilege.
24. If everything Black people say is either a lie, made up, blown out of proportion or something Black people should just “get over”, then you have White privilege.
25. Black people have problems White people don’t even have to think about simply because they are White.
26. If you’re White, it’s not the defining moment in your life. It’s not a continued experience. If you’ve only had one or two instances of defining moments in your childhood or your life where you realize your skin color alone makes other people hate you, you have White privilege.
27. Your White horror examples don’t work. Many tried to turn it all around and talk about the things that happened to them. Try just thinking about Black people here. It’s not a competition to tell the most horrible story or to not accept that White privilege exists because you had a horrible experience as a White person.
28. Why is it every time articles like this are written, White people start talking about THEIR experiences?
29. There always seems to be a need to negate Black peoples experiences with racism. A large part of White America is, and always will be, tone deaf to the racism experienced by Indigenous, Black and Latinx people. For some reason, it’s like most White people don’t WANT to hear our experiences with racism. It is an unwillingness to honestly empathize.
30. Telling Black people about the experiences you had as a White person being harassed by Blacks is like going to a third world country and telling them about the time that the water in your house was cut off for a month…
31. Being the one Black person in class and having to voice the feelings of all black people “the black perspective”
32. Being told that you talk “white” or you act “white” or that you have a “white” name.
33. Not being able to voice your opinion because society thinks you’re complaining but you’re really stating facts
34. White people have the complexion for protection
35. White privilege, as a whole still offers better opportunity and treatment to poor Whites than to People of Color
36. One reason White Privilege is hard for White people to see is that so much of White Privilege is the absence of bad things happening rather than the presence of good things happening.
37. White privilege is the freedom to coast through life believing that everyone is treated like you.
38. White privilege means when you cut your finger and grab a band-aid from the first aid kit, it matches your skin color. It means most hair salons will know how to style your hair. It means when people describe you as an individual, they don’t begin with the color of your skin.
39. When a White person responds to the statement “Black Lives Matter” by countering with “All Lives Matter” they exhibit blindness to the privilege of living outside of a painful and marginalizing lens highlighting their race; a privilege not enjoyed by Black, Red and Brown people.
40. The All Lives Matter retort comes specifically and uniquely to Black folk raising their voices. This is part of White denial about racism and privilege.
41. When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feel like oppression
42. The privilege of even speaking up about White privilege and being heard, and not ignored because of your skin color, is privilege itself.
43. Stop referring to People of Color as “minorities!” Because what you’re screaming is White-Privilege! (People are marginalized)
44. White people do not see their own privilege, even though it does exist. They can only see White privilege when it is underlined and contrasted against the same situations where the people do not have the same privilege(s).
45. “White Privilege” is unrelated to wealth. Its constant cultural affirmation everywhere you look; few if any social, professional or educational barriers exist. It’s possible to be poor and benefit from White Privilege, in fact it is guaranteed if you are White you will enjoy certain privileges and money has nothing to do with it.
46. White privilege is being able to get a taxi any time and place you want one.
47. It goes beyond a sense of entitlement or an intentional or unconscious expression of “White Privilege”…it has more to do with an unwillingness to acknowledge the existence of racism. It’s about White people wanting to feel good about themselves and not wanting to think about things which might make them uncomfortable.
48. The key element of White Privilege Theory is that it requires no racist intent, or overt racism. Though hardly a new concept, White Privilege (along with its cousins “male privilege” and “straight privilege”).
49. Black people in America are more prone to oppression. Systemic, home grown, calculated, wholesale oppression. Oppression may take the person who could’ve have been a great legal businessperson and turns him into a drug dealer. Takes the person who could’ve been a great salesperson and turns him into a con-man. Takes the person who could’ve been a lawyer and turns him into a hustler. Not to say that there aren’t Black people who overcome their circumstances to make a legal way in this society but you lose 10 for every 1 that makes it to the Promised Land. Remove the oppression and the people will take advantage of the opportunity. The problem is, many White people are okay with oppression as long as you aren’t doing it to them. As long as they don’t get pulled over for nothing every other week, they are just fine with it. That’s White Privilege. The things that don’t happen to you because you’re White and you don’t even know it.
50. Over the course of U.S. history only White people enjoyed and possessed the rights which they loudly proclaimed were fundamentally human rights.
51. Members of the dominant group, the one which has the privilege, to deny that it exists or that it could exist. Which is precisely what White folks do (for the most part) when faced with claims by people of color that we enjoy social privilege by virtue of the social fact that we are taken to be White.
52. If what you are hearing in conversations centering around privilege, it’s your own bias and unwillingness to examine yourself, and create a straw-man argument to avoid seeing racial inequality for exactly what White Privilege is.
53. White Privilege refers to any advantage, opportunity, benefit, head start, or general protection from negative societal mistreatment, which persons deemed White will typically enjoy, but which others will generally do not enjoy.
54. White Privilege is not the equivalent of nor is it interchangeable with Class Privilege or Economic Privilege
55. White people are 61.8 percent of the student population but receive 69.3 percent of scholarships. Less than 5 percent of all scholarship programs consider a student’s race. White people are 46.5 percent of the student population financially eligible for Pell Grants and receive about 48 percent of Pell Grants. Look at the data: http://www.finaid.org/schola…/20110902racescholarships.pdf . Please stop perpetuating this myth that you don’t have something because Black people took it away from you.
56. To claim minorities focus on their differences is in itself White Privilege. Different from what, the majority? If those differences did not come with consequences there would be no problem. Perception is indeed reality, and everyone is viewing life from a difference lens, but to say it doesn’t exist because you don’t see it is in itself the epitome of White Privilege and refusing to talk about a problem is dysfunctional.
57. Remember, even in privilege, Black people are oppressed.
58. If White people are not to blame because they “inherited” it, that would give them more reason to openly talk about this “inheritance” and NOT accept it.
59. To stop talking about White Privilege is awfully convenient for the majority.
60. Easy to say when you’re on the “right” side of privilege
61. The fact is until you can jump to your feet when asked to “stand up if you’d like to be treated like a Black man”, you still have White Privilege!
62. YOUR experiences do NOT in any shape, form or fashion invalidate anyone else’s pain and suffering. And, your perspective does NOT define the truth regarding the actual issue discussed
63. One of the perks of White Privilege is thinking you get to decide how we talk about atrocities committed against People of Color.
64. The Fair Housing Act made discrimination in housing illegal in 1968, people of color had missed out on decades of robust growth in the housing markets (and much of the next generation missed out on that wealth building in the 20 years it took to fully implement the law).
65. You cannot have an honest and real conversation about race in the USA if you refuse to talk about what being White in the USA means.
66. We all have skin in the game, everyone needs to be involved and stop the semi-coherent rationalizations for their racist views.
67. White Privilege is like a virus which never will get cured… They get to break all types of rules but the White Privilege virus continues to spread.
68. Over the course of U.S. history only White people enjoyed and possessed the rights which they loudly proclaimed were fundamentally human rights.
69. “White Privilege” is simply an interchangeable term for Racial Privilege, and refers only to race, not to other privileges a person may have been born into.
70. Let me get this straight. You terrorize and enslave an entire race for over 300 years. Ban them from your privileges for the next 100 years. Fill two thirds of your prisons with them until today and now you’re angry they don’t applaud your history.
71. The Obama administration decision affecting thousands of federal inmates does not alter states, which have increasingly come to rely on private firms to manage prison populations
72. White privilege refers to any advantage, opportunity, benefit, head start, or general protection from negative societal mistreatment, which persons deemed White will typically enjoy, but which others will generally not enjoy.
73. White people have prejudices about people of color because American culture has normalized Whiteness, but the fact that People of Color act “differently” further entrenches the “obvious correctness” of a White cultural norm. Why is it normal to eat with a fork instead of chopsticks? Why is it normal for a man to wear a suit to a business meeting instead of a loose, colorfully printed robe? Why is it normal to sit in a chair instead of on the floor? Why is a woman in a long gown and a bonnet accepted — archaic, perhaps, but accepted? Why is a nun wearing a black gown and habit accepted? Why is a woman in a burka and hijab somehow threatening? Why do we teach the way we do? Write our laws the way we do? In short, why is our society the way it is? All of these questions have the same answer: Because we live in a Western European society built by Western Europeans for Western Europeans to live in. This culture is so normative most white people never have to think about it or even know it exists, because everything they do naturally fits the norm.
74. Your attempt to spotlight bigotry was within itself a bigoted remark. Let me give you a history lesson. Any time you remove the individual from the equation and lump everyone from a demographic into one myopic assumption you are embracing a prejudicial stereotype. Such as it’s wrong to say all Hispanic people are illegal as it is not true. It’s wrong to say all Blacks are on welfare as it is not true. And it is wrong to blame all White people for the ignorance and intolerance in society, as it is not true.
75. Tell me about the time someone in your family or community was lynched because of the color of their skin. Tell me about the time when the KKK terrorized your family because of the color of their skin. Tell me about the time when you were forced to sit in the back of the bus because of the color of your skin. Tell me about the time when the National Guard had to be called in so you could go to school because people didn’t want you there because of the color of your skin. Tell me about the time you were not allowed to vote, get the housing you wanted, go school because of the color of your skin. Tell me about the time you were racially profiled by a shop owner or the police because of the color of your skin. Tell me about the time when your ancestors were enslaved because of the color of their skin. Tell me about the time when you rejoiced because FINALLY someone who looks like you won the presidency.
76. Most of the wealth of the White middle class was built on home equity – homes Black people were not allowed to buy.
77. Were any of your people on the slave ships? Did your great-grandmother walk the Trail of Tears; you’re just talking about how it was for poor Whites, you got to stay together 7 in a room while my ancestors had their babies ripped from their wombs! White’s weren’t lynched and burned or their genitals cut off at town picnics. Police didn’t shoot White men, didn’t breed you, Whites were never ripped from their homes and sold like dogs your families destroyed. Drugs and alcohol weren’t spread in your community. You are not subject to a justice system where you face harsher sentences for the same crime. You had it good. God save me from folks like you. Your ancestors were free.
78. The acute trauma endured by the incarcerated, the abused, the raped, the trafficked, the starved, the murdered, and the dispossessed does not exempt the perpetrators.
79. Never trust anyone who says they do not see color. This means to them, you are invisible. ~ Nayyirah Waheed
80. Would you tell a veteran to get over it? How about a mother who lost her child to a drunk driver? If not, why are you telling Black/Indigenous people to get over it? We’re being told we don’t have rights over how we’re represented in mainstream America. We’re being told we should ‘just get over it’ – but people who say this don’t comprehend what the issues are, and most don’t even care enough to do the research. When people know of us only as a ‘costume,’ something you dress up as for Halloween or for music videos, then you’ve stop thinking of us as people. This is incredibly dangerous because every day we fight for the basic human right to live our own lives without outsiders thinking it’s their job to determine our fate or define our identities. This is a privilege White people such as yourself take for granted.
81. To acquiesce to racism, bigotry, and misogyny is to condone and thus spread those evils. Getting over it is for people who don’t care. Did your great-grandmother walk the trail of tears? Were any of your people on the slave ships? Yes, 1st Nations people were traded for African’s so ships didn’t return to Europe empty. You’re talking about how it was for poor Whites, but your families got to stay together while my ancestors had their babies ripped from their wombs! Children forcefully taken from their parents and placed in boarding schools were raped, abused and many killed because there wasn’t enough room. Were any of your relatives beaten for speaking their native language? White’s weren’t lynched and burned or their genitals cut off at town picnics. Police didn’t shoot White men, didn’t breed you; Whites were never torn from their homes and sold like dogs your families destroyed. Drugs, alcohol, poison blankets weren’t spread in your community. Experimental vaccines weren’t tested on your ancestors. You are not subject to a justice system where you face harsher sentences for the same crime as a White person. You had it good. Your ancestors were free.
82. THE LAND IS NON- NEGOTIABLE, IT HAS NO PRICE TAG.
This is treaty land; land and water are the only things left to us other than stories passed down the ancestors. We had our languages taken away, many tongues are now extinct because Euro Christian’s killed the ancients; murdered our fathers and mothers, raped our sisters, brothers traded for African slaves so ships didn’t return to Europe empty.
Children were forcefully taken from their parents, placed in boarding schools where they were raped, abused and thousands killed because there wasn’t enough room to house them. White’s weren’t lynched and burned or their genitals cut off and shoved in their mouths at town picnics. Police didn’t shoot White men, didn’t breed them; Whites were never torn from their homes and sold like dogs or had families destroyed. Drugs, alcohol or smallpox infected blankets weren’t spread through their communities. Experimental vaccines weren’t tested on their ancestors. Euro Christian’s are not subject to a justice system where they face harsher sentences for the same crime as a White person.
So not only was our land stolen but they killed our food supply, and are continuing to kill almost all wildlife with chemicals., They’ve polluted our water looking for gold, fracking and pipelines, shoved bibles down our throats and refused to consider us until June 2, 1924 when Congress granted us citizenship to OUR OWN LAND. Yet they name their sports teams and streets after us, appropriate our regalia as *Halloween costumes* and claim to love nature despite what they’ve done to it.
Again; THE LAND IS NON- NEGOTIABLE, IT HAS NO PRICE TAG
83. Racism is the only invention White people won’t take credit for.
84. Chattel slavery is what most people have in mind when they think of the kind of slavery which existed in the United States before the Civil War. Slaves were actual property who could be bought, sold, traded or inherited.
85. Slavery in America began when the first African slaves were brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, to aid in the production of such lucrative crops as tobacco.
86. Slavery existed in North America for 245 years.
87. History should be taught and not forgotten; you can’t whitewash it then call it legitimate history.
88. The transatlantic slave trade began during the 15th century when Portugal, and subsequently other European kingdoms, were finally able to expand overseas and reach Africa. The Portuguese first began to kidnap people from the west coast of Africa and to take those they enslaved back to Europe and took place across the Atlantic Ocean from the 15th through 19th centuries.
89. Start a bucket list with “whine incessantly” on it, and you can immediately mark it off as “accomplished”. Five + billion people on this planet would look at your standard of living with disbelief that you could possibly complain about not having “enough”. You’re White and you were born in this country which means (except for being female) you “hit the jackpot” in life. And, yet, you’re full of resentment that you don’t have “more”?
90. MISSING WHITE WOMAN SYNDROME is a phrase used by social scientists and media commentators to describe the extensive media coverage, especially in television, of missing person cases involving young, white, upper middle class women or girls. The phenomenon is defined as the media’s undue focus on upper-middle-class white women who disappear, with the disproportionate degree of coverage they receive being compared to cases of missing men, or women of color and of lower social classes i.e. a division of a society based on social and economic status.
91. It’s true for those who don’t see color as an issue. But when they walk out their front door and step into the real world, BECAUSE color isn’t an issue for them, they are blind to what’s happening around them…. They always make excuses “they had a weapon”, “they were acting in a threatening manner”, “they were running which made them look guilty” etc. and assume the dead must have some modicum of criminality, present some reasonable threat to the public, right, all because THEY don’t see color. Hello, You SHOULD see color, not be color blind. So get off your high color-blind horse and stand up and draw attention to the injustice! Your words are nothing but a cop-out to absolve you from having to get involved.
92. It’s much easier to say the Civil War was about money when your ancestors weren’t the currency.
93. TO IMMIGRANT: It’s interesting to see how even immigrants feel they have the right to dictate to Blacks how they should feel about racism in their own country.
94. Part of racism is who is included and who is excluded, socially, economically and historically.
95. You’ve been taught the standard world view, but understanding issues of colonization is important to thinking critically. If you don’t understand what colonization is, and where it came from, how can you decolonize your own mind?”
96. Racism isn’t by choice but by programming. Most people of color see and understand this…….while many Whites don’t…..they have never been trained to hate their own color. They have never had to fight themselves due to imagery. This is White entitlement. I don’t mean this in a bad way. Just take notice. This is why people of color have never recovered from the brutality of amerikkka, we’ve never been allowed the chance. How can one recover when one race is always portrayed as clean and sin free and the other dumb and violent? How can we recover when we aren’t allowed to love ourselves without guilt?
97. Amerikkka’s historical practices created a social system of racist economic inequality built right into its foundation, followed through years of practice by “redlining” preventing POC from buying homes while protecting and managing the family wealth of White people.
98. Undeserved impoverishment also results from POC being forced into unfavorable mortgage rates, being channeled by unequal opportunities for education into low-wage jobs, and being paid less than white people for doing the same jobs.
99. There is no more telling proof of the undeserved impoverishment of POC and the undeserved enrichment of White people than the massive difference in average wealth of White versus Black and Latino families.
100. The fact we have to debate whether or not racism still exists is proof that it does
101. The fact we have to debate whether or not White Privilege exists is proof that it does
102. Remember, the next time you attempt to check someone about race related issues, look in the mirror because no matter what your ancestral DNA is, the pale skinned, blue eyed person looking back at you clearly has no concept of what it is to be discriminated against due to his completions lack of pigmentation.
103. White privilege is the inherent suspicion people of color – and predominately men of color are doing something wrong. Big Black men and big Brown men are presumed guilty. All the time, compare it to other times where Brown men and women are “presumed guilty,” which leads to brothers and sisters and mothers and aunts beat down, pepper sprayed and thrown in jail for choosing to answer that question honestly instead of swallowing their tongue.
104. Studies show Whites have a very different experience with law enforcement than everyone else. Studies indicate police officers are more respectful to Whites during stops and less likely to use force on White suspects. Additionally studies found police also less likely to stop Whites or search their vehicles during traffic stops even though White drivers were found more likely to be stopped with guns and drugs in their possession.
105. Within a racist society, White people enjoy many privileges denied to POC. Among these vested group interests “Powerful Whites” and “Ordinary Whites” allow White people to benefit from a White Racial Identity without even identifying it as such. This manifests in support among White people for political candidates who are White, and for laws and political and economic policies working to reproduce a racist social with racist outcomes.
106. White people as a majority have historically opposed or eliminated diversity-increasing programs within education and jobs, and ethnic studies courses that better represent the racial history and reality of the U.S. In cases like these, “White People in Power” and “Ordinary White People” have suggested programs like these are “hostile” or examples of “reverse racism.” In fact, the way White people wield political power in protection of their interests and at the expense of others, without ever claiming to do so, maintains and reproduces a racist society.
107. Keep in mind the call to “recognize your privilege” does not translate to “bear the blame.”
108. Keep in mind the call to “recognize your privilege” does not translate to “bear the blame.” Privilege refers to the myriad of social advantages and benefits associated with being part of an in-group. Said benefits exist whether or not one’s earned them or consciously vied for them. In fact, almost universally, privilege is something conferred without the recipient having any say in the matter. Thus, when announcing the existence of privilege, it isn’t about shaming someone or pointing an accusatory finger. It’s about deflating inequality—not imposing guilt.
109. Rudy TwoMoon ~ White entitlement is saying, stop the hate because we are “ALL NOW” in the same boat….. 525 yrs of degrading racism towards people of color, but it’s “we colors” who need to forget all that so we may help you get back in the position of being ignored. Everything you want back is what has always kept us down… education, media, government, healthcare, borders, religion and peer pressure have all “BENEFITED” racism for the conquering race. You want us to help you make amerikkka great again? Please tell me when it has ever even been decent to us….. when did we ever have fair trials? When did we get to learn our version of history? When have we been allowed to worship in our way without being called anti science or anti-God? So I repeat loud and clear, fuck your all lives matter chants….. because they clearly do not!!!! What matters is…… you are exempt from racial persecution.
On that note, this ain’t a hate White post, this is about facts of what you demand after all this time. We are absolutely gonna work with you, but we sure as fuck ain’t gonna help return America back to the glory which holds our heads under water!!!
110. Its Liberal White’s don’t understand they’re benefiting from racism as much as, if not more than, rural White Conservatives.
111. The shorter life spans, limited income and wealth potential, impacted family structure as a result of mass incarceration of Blacks and Latinos, limited access to educational resources and political participation, state-sanctioned killing by police, and the psychological, emotional, and community tolls of living with less, and being seen as “less than.” POC are also expected by White people to bear the burden of explaining, proving, and fixing racism, though it is, in fact, White people who are primarily responsible for perpetrating and perpetuating it.
112. Racist ideology often asserts that Whites are superior to people of color for biological or cultural reasons, and manifests in stereotypes, prejudices, and popular myths and beliefs. These typically include positive images of Whiteness in contrast to negative images associated with People of Color, such as civility vs. cruelty, unblemished and pure vs. hyper-sexualized, and intelligent and driven vs. stupid and lazy.
113. Sociologists recognize ideology forms our actions and interactions with others, so it follows that racist ideology fosters racism throughout all aspects of society. This happens regardless of whether the person acting in racist ways is aware of doing so.
114. White racial slurs don’t work on people who possess White Privilege. White Privilege is the right of Whites, and only Whites, to be judged as individuals, to be treated as a unique self, possessed of all the rights and protections of citizenship. “I am not a race, I am the unmarked subject. I am simply man”. Whereas you might be a Black man, an Asian woman, a disabled Native man, a homosexual Latina woman, and on and on the qualifiers of identification go. With each keyword added, so too does the burden of representation grow. But White people are just people. Normal. Basic Humanity. They carry the absent mark which grants the invisible power of White Privilege. Everyone else gets some form of discrimination.
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115. Sociologist Joe Feagin ~ (condensed and paraphrased) “The United States was founded in racism since the Constitution classified Black people as the property of Whites. The legal recognition of racialized slavery is a cornerstone of a racist social system in which resources and rights were and are unjustly given to White people and unjustly denied to People of Color. Systemic Racism includes the complex array of anti-Black practices, the unjustly gained political-economic power of Whites, the continuing economic and other resource inequalities along racial lines, and the White racist ideologies and attitudes created to maintain and rationalize White Privilege and power. Systemic means the core racist realities are manifested in each of society’s major parts, each major part of US society: economy, politics, education, religion, family all reflect the fundamental reality of systemic racism.”
116. People tell Blacks and 1st Nation Indigenous to “Get Over It” and “Stop Whining” about stuff from the past. Meanwhile, there is literally blood in the streets because those same people can’t let go of a flag from the Civil War.
117. It’s not the job of Black people to educate White people who are complicit in White Supremacy. It’s not the job of Black people to pat you on the back when you cry about your White Guilt. It’s your job to listen and keep your mouth closed for a while. You can’t really listen and reflect if you’re constantly defending your whiteness.
118. I realize as a White person, the inherited privilege built on the blood and tears of POC is a hard pill to swallow. But this is your legacy, you have to own it, speak against it, and hopefully prevent the perpetuation of it. You’ve been protected by Whiteness so long you were oblivious, no longer. Keep in mind just because you’re not marching at an alt-right rally with a Nazi flag doesn’t mean your silence/deflecting of blame isn’t harmful. You clearly need validation if you’re complaining about feeling alienated. You don’t have the right to question someone else’s everyday reality of living in Racist America just because it makes you feel bad (White Guilt). If you are a true ally, you would listen to their perspective instead of challenging it.
119. This is absolutely true…. how do Whites celebrate culture? What else could they do to show heritage?… What could they do which honors their ancestors? What kind of dance or songs were stripped from them because colonialism forced onto them? What can they do to retain their birth right on this planet which celebrates their people? Seriously, how can you share your people’s struggles and indigenous history? If we are going to tell them White Pride only equates hatred, we better figure out something where they can feel like they benefit this planet because White isn’t a culture, heritage or even an ethnicity. It’s a color comprised of several nationalities to make up a percentage of the rainbow of percentages which is used to mark geographical statistical data.
120. You benefit from White Supremacy in a historical, political and social context. You benefit by generally escaping the stereotyping and generalizations that people of color do, especially in interactions with the law, in the workplace, and in the media. You benefit from access to educational and economic resources that People of Color rarely do. You benefit from rarely having to think about race, because “White” has long been positioned as the default in society.
121. Shaun King ~ The alt-left is an oxymoron, people fighting racism are not the antithesis of Nazi’s.
122. No one is asking you to apologize for your ancestors. We are asking you to dismantle the systems of oppression they built that you maintain and benefit from.
123. Whiteness has always been a malleable category, used for political exploitation and based on the exclusion and persecution of others.
124. Whiteness is a social construct, and one with concrete benefits. Being White in the U.S. has long meant better jobs and opportunities, and an escape from persecution based on appearance and culture.
125. The establishment needs a populace divided. When people are isolated and categorized into their various labels by society they are far easier to control. When people begin to look past skin color, they can see the underlying problem of the system.
126. So please tell me about the time someone in your family or community was enslaved because of the color of their skin. Were lynched and burned or their genitals cut off at town picnics, or the times they were ripped from their homes and sold like dogs or maybe how they were bred like cattle because of the color of their skin. Maybe you can tell me about the time when the KKK terrorized your family by burning a cross in their yard because of the color of their skin. Or how about the time when you were forced to sit in the back of the bus because of the color of their skin or not allowed to use a bathroom, drinking fountain or eat at a restaurant. What about the time the National Guard had to be called in so you could go to school because people didn’t want you there because of the color of your skin, or the time you were not allowed to vote, get the housing you wanted because of the color of your skin. Share with me when you were racially profiled by a shop owner or the police because of the color of your skin. And maybe most important of all; tell me about the time when you rejoiced because FINALLY someone who looks like you won the presidency.
127. One of the perks of White Privilege is thinking people get to decide how People of Color talk about atrocities committed against them. What people don’t comprehend is; just as White Privilege is hard to accept by many in the White Community it is even more difficult for POC to point out the realities of White Privilege without appearing to directly place blame on the individual for their ancestor’s atrocities. If White people are not to blame because they “inherited” it, that should give them more reason to openly talk
about this “inheritance” and NOT accept it.
128. How do White Supremacists claim to be the Master Race while also claiming Jews control everything, Blacks are stronger and Asians are smarter?
129. White Privilege means your children’s authenticity isn’t judged or questioned by adults or children based on his/her skin color.
130. White Privilege means you don’t have to worry about being seen or treated as a member of the janitorial staff.
131. White Privilege means when attempting to join an organization you’re confident your ethnic background will not be held against you.
132. White Privilege means religious organizations include images and cultural traditions from your background without being seen as a nuisance (think White Jesus).
133. White Privilege means never having the police called on you or having to be escorted out of a service by a policeman for doing nothing other than praying while being a person of color.
134. White Privilege means you have not been barred from entering, or asked to vacate a building/park or public area due to your skin color.
135. White Privilege means you can walk with my family and not worry they will be treated unkindly because of the color of their skin.
136. White Privilege means you can easily find greeting cards and books with images of people who look like you.
137. White Privilege means you can easily find books and toys for your children with images of people who look like them.
138. White Privilege means you are not singled out to speak about, and as a representative of an “exotic” subgroup.
139. White Privilege means you when you go to bookstores or restaurants, you’re not seen as an outsider.
140. White Privilege means you don’t have to worry about access to housing or apartments in predominately White neighborhoods.
141. White Privilege means you don’t have to tell other members of your group or organization you feel marginalized.
142. People misunderstand the scope of what racism entails. People think “racism” and picture overt hate, but that’s just the tip of a very large and insidious iceberg. By virtue of growing up in a culture which prioritizes White lives over Non-Whites, there are small but cumulative ways which contribute to that culture. “Racism” is just a one-word way to describe a phenomenon so much more complicated than saying “I hate [insert demographic here].”
143. Racists think they’re justified. So they don’t think they have an irrational hate of others.
144. White people have the privilege of being totally unaware of your own privilege
145. Black Americans working class and the White working class originated in bondage—the former in the lifelong bondage of slavery, the latter in the temporary bondage of indenture. In the early 17th century, these two classes were remarkably, though not totally, free of racist enmity. But by the 18th century, the country’s master class had begun etching race into law while phasing out indentured servitude in favor of a more enduring labor solution. From these and other changes of law and economy, a bargain emerged: The descendants of indenture would enjoy the full benefits of Whiteness, the most definitional benefit being that they would never sink to the level of the slave. But if the bargain protected White workers from slavery, it did not protect them from near-slave wages or backbreaking labor to attain them, and always there lurked a fear of having their benefits revoked. This early White working class was virtuous and just, worthy of citizenship “expressed soaring desires to be rid of the age-old inequalities of Europe and of any hint of slavery” “They also expressed the rather more pedestrian goal of simply not being mistaken for slaves. The Black working class was considered servile and parasitic, dim-witted and lazy, the children of African savagery.
146. White people are shown their central importance every day; by the way they’re portrayed in the media, by the number of White faces in government and boardrooms. The challenge is to recognize how much a person’s skin color impacts their chance for success, and even survival in this country. We know White people earn more, live longer, are at less risk of violence and have better access to political power than Black, Brown and 1st Nation Indigenous people. As long as that’s true, the question for your heart is “Do you want this to continue, or do you want to uplift the communities which have been most unfairly treated so we all have the same chance to succeed?”
147. The rulebook doesn’t mention the national anthem at all. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem. No penalties will be assessed for those who did not go out to the field for, or kneeled during, the national anthem”. The only section possibly relating to this situation is in regards to “Personal Messages” found on page 23, article 8. The rule about personal messages states: “Throughout the period on game-day that a player is visible to the stadium and television audience (including in pregame warm-ups, in the bench area, and during postgame interviews in the locker room or on the field), players are prohibited from wearing, displaying, or otherwise conveying personal messages either in writing or illustration, unless such message has been approved in advance by the League office. Items to celebrate anniversaries or memorable events, or to honor or commemorate individuals, such as helmet decals, and arm bands and jersey patches on players’ uniforms, are prohibited unless approved in advance by the League office. All such items approved by the League office, if any, must relate to team or League events or personages. The League will not grant permission for any club or player to wear, display, or otherwise convey messages, through helmet decals, arm bands, jersey patches, or other items affixed to game uniforms or equipment, which relate to political activities or causes, other non-football events, causes or campaigns, or charitable causes or campaigns. Further, any such approved items must be modest in size, tasteful, non-commercial, and noncontroversial; must not be worn for more than one football season; and if approved for use by a specific team, must not be worn by players on other teams in the League.” http://operations.nfl.com/the-rules/2017-nfl-rulebook/
148. Ungrateful is the new uppity. People expect affluent Black entertainers are obliged to adopt a pose of ceaseless gratitude—appreciation for the waiver sparing them the low status of so many others. Stevie Wonder began a performance in Central Park by taking a knee, White Congressman Joe Walsh tweeted that Wonder was “another ungrateful black multi-millionaire.”
149. It’s convenient to turn the FACTS about racism and brutality into a debate about the flag and anthem…WHY?…because people do not want to talk about racism….it makes them uncomfortable and it SHOULD. That is what the protests are about.
150. White supremacy is not starched white pointed hoods and swastika armbands. Which is terrorism and violence. White supremacy has nothing to do with hate. White supremacy is the structural mechanism built into American society valuing Whiteness over everything by default. It is not a preference or even a prejudice. It is the dismissive apathy disregarding the freedom and equality of people. It is the repeated placing of White discomfort over Black pain and suffering.
151. White supremacy is hearing every single protesting player loudly say, “This has nothing to do with dishonoring the troops or disrespecting the American flag” but still nullifying their words simply because white people feel that the actions of the black players are disrespectful.
152. White supremacy is the White middle class booing the .0000485 percent of the population who possess the talent, dedication, work ethic, skill, intelligence and physical ability to work in one of the most profitable industries in the world and say they are “lucky to play in the NFL” because it is “a privilege.”
153. White supremacy is an overweight person sitting in a Connecticut armchair criticizing those players about a missed tackle, bad play call or a fumble while simultaneously screaming at them to “stay in their lanes.”
154. White supremacy is the most powerful man in the world calling for NFL owners to “fire those sons of bitches” for protesting the mistreatment of their race and saying “this isn’t about race.”
155. You are doing what Trump wanted you to do because it’s the way America works. In this country, some people’s opinions are worth more than others’. Some people’s feelings are worth more than others’. Some protests are worth more than others. Some blood is obviously worth more than others. Some people’s lives worth more than others.
156. The individuals and companies who believe words, actions, freedom and even blood of the Black players using the NFL’s platform to address injustice and equality are inferior to the personal feelings of their White detractors who get the heebie-jeebies when they see Black people performing any action they feel is objectionable. That’s not racism. That’s white supremacy.
157. White supremacy is watching Black people protest and then declare their protest is offensive. When asked what manner of protest is fine in their eyes, they give a suggestion, only for Black folks to follow up on that suggestion, and White America will then condem those are offensive as well, until the only option is to do nothing. Then White people WILL TAKE OFFENSE TO THAT and claim POC are lazy and refuse to help themselves.
158. None of the athletes are taking a knee during the National Anthem because they believe the US has a problem with discriminating against Trump, wealthy people or the flag. These players are drawing attention to the discrimination People of Color face, specifically those who don’t have the fame, wealth or platform to get the attention of those who DO have the power to implement change. To put the primary identity of “millionaire athletes” in something other than what they do and how much they make is a false idea that money is a savior, capable of protecting those who have it from all of life’s uglier challenges. These Black athletes acknowledge how people treat them changed as their wealth and fame grew. But no matter how successful they became, no amount of money could keep many people from reducing their identity to their race. Yes these players are wealthy, but they are also parents, and humans with interests, passions and experiences far beyond their sport. No matter how much money they have as a Black athlete, they’re still not a White athlete.
159. Puerto Ricans in the mainland who voted for Trump are now sobering up to the reality that they and their families were never part of Trump’s dream of a great America.
160. NFL Fans burned season tickets and team paraphernalia in response to football players taking a knee; too bad they didn’t get this angry when police murdered 12-year-old Tamir Rice in less than two seconds in a Cleveland Ohio Park on Nov. 23, 2014
161. What you’re trying to do is almost more dangerous than an outright racist…why? because instead of dealing with the issue you want to make it “invisible”. We are not color-blind …the issue is to ACCEPT what happened. TEACH the history of why it happened…..we have not done that AT ALL ….we have been taught “everyone is equal” narrative while this is not the case down to policy itself…..if you don’t extract that then the beat goes on….by erasing the sins and erecting cover-ups while still perpetuating the same White Supremacist policies is a recipe for disaster.
162. Imagine the all the beauty you’re missing by not seeing color.
163. If you didn’t see color, you wouldn’t say I don’t see color.
164. White Americans hate being told their history through a Black persons lens !!!!! Just own up to it, White US citizens are so quick to pull the “not all of us are like this”. Stop deflecting and denying the wrong, pain and deprivation White people are still causing to anyone who doesn’t look like them.
165. A full year before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed, more than 60% of White US citizens polled believed that Blacks were treated “the same as Whites” in their communities. The assessment is, of course, ridiculous on its face. It suggests either ignorance of the facts or outright denial on the part of the respondents. It also suggests an inconvenient but persistent truth about race in America, that the majority of white Americans aren’t reliable sources on the subject.. “Black Lives Matter” an uncontroversial statement invisible to the majority of White people who are either blind to the facts of life in the US for people of color, or are bound by ideology to reject it.
166. The first step in overcoming systemic racism and injustice is to simply understand and admit there’s a problem. It’s trying to understand the perspective of others whose experiences are different from your own.
167. You’re attempting to tell a person of color to refrain from feeling any pain is not an intellectual exercise; it’s an act of cruelty.
168. Cross-racial conversations about race have become both more necessary
169. You’re treating racism as a political disagreement around which two opposing viewpoints can reasonably form. In doing so, you’re insisting people of color engage in an intellectual exercise in order to justify our own existence and safety. In order for participation to be valuable, you must be willing to confront White Supremacy head-on rather than by way of harmful mental gymnastics.
170. Your _______ statement can be cast as offensive and deemed “immoral and unworthy of discussion or rebuttal. Instead, the way to address these issues is to “grant your adversary moral respect; give him the intellectual benefit of doubt; have sympathy for his motives and participate empathically with his line of reasoning.”
171. You want to engage in a debate about whether a White Supremacist can still be a kind person. You want me to have “moral respect” or empathy for a line of reasoning, when its conclusion is reached, denies us/me respect or empathy. I don’t thinks so.
172. You’re requiring People of Color make a full-throated defense of their humanity then have them grant you immediate and complete absolution.
173. There is something at the core of your argument you’re (perhaps ashamedly) compelled by, therefore you’re playing one of the oldest rhetorical tricks to allow yourself to argue a position without ever having to hold it which inherently reveals what white people really think and struggle with around race. Because of this charade, you’re essentially able to call “take back” and act as though the conversation never really happened which creates an unfortunate paradox where some of the most reflective demonstrations of racial politics are being had under the condition they are immediately un-said.