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Anonymous asked: How do you envision white people appropriately participating in tearing down racist institutions, attitudes, etc?

ladyatheist:

thelittlekneesofbees:

[Tw: Racial slur]

*note before I start*These are only a few things I thought of today which could answer your question seeing as this question is dissertation (broad but very heavy) worthy to begin with. Also, I’ve been on vacation and just got off the plane so this is 7 hours late and not proofread because most of this was started on my phone. I’m also probably going to get a lot of hate after I publish this saying how all of this is fairytale and unrealistic but you asked so you get an answer*end note*

First white people would look at what they’ve done to society and stop seeing just greatness.

They’d see the Diasporas they’ve caused and instead of complaining when white guilt sets in. Actively do things to change it. Get the fuck out of African Nations(give them back their free water supply, stop invading for oil, trees, metals, and gems). They would see the pain and the illness in this world and not pass over it in the name of Manifest Destiny, economy, profit gains, or means to an end. They would throw away Manifest Destiny from this day forth. They would apologies to Natives, and treat them with respect, they would lower the prizes of food on the rez, get them proper shelter, and get them off of all mascot, shirts, pins, backpacks; etc positions because they are people, not tokens. They would dismantle the KKK and other Brotherhoods(Aryan, Italian; etc).  They would redo history books to include original thinkers and creators whose names were overlooked in favor of white apprentices/thieves. They would apologize and compensate the Chinese for the railroads they built. They would look back at the Industrial revolution and see how big of a role race played in getting Lithuanian and other migrant countries to accept lower wages and apologies to them. They would look at what it means to be white and understand whiteness for the step stool made of PoC’s backs, fingers, and heads that it is. Look at projects,”ghettos” and jails and realized the historically the color scheme has gotten darker in those areas for a reason. White people during the IR moved into these places and when white privilege made it easier for them to move up in the word the broken down developments became home to more PoC’s than sometimes humanely possible. Respect Rroma people and understand that they suffer too. Stop calling them ‘gypsies’! They are not a costume they are a people who have long earned the respect white people have refused them. Speak to them about whether they want to be considered white people. Respect their lives. Give what they ask in terms of respect and resources.

And so and and so forth. 

Second, they shouldn’t beg PoC about their opinions and advice about race to alleviate their guilt like we are mammy milkmaids.

They would do what white privilege denies them and that is be accountable for what happen and let* it mark their history because no one else (besides men in general) have gotten a free pass at globally editing history. 

Third, when someone said or done something racist(in “isolated” incidents) there is no consoling the racist. Period.

They are to feel ashamed for what they have said or done because HISTORICAL WEIGHT GIVES NO JUSTIFICATION FOR SUCH THINGS TO CONTINUE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. POC HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH FOR A MILLENNIA. Stop thinking other PoC can’t say problematic shit but don’t think that it’s OK to rip them apart for it either. Your boat for that sailed a long time ago. Say your piece and go away. Also, stop treating lighter PoC or straight haired PoC better than others. You are only adding to the disgusting institution your families created and uphold.

Fourth, I need media/Hollywood who ever to realize that PoC can have complicated roles, dark skin, natural hair, and are human beings.

Like Games of Thrones (obviously this story will contain more European/white characters)has 2 African descent person and he’s a pirate with less than 100 words combined if that. I’m tired of all of the stories, movies, books, making me feel like white people are the only people who ever had adventures, were heroes, have conflicts, and doubt their abilities even if they are excellent people. I’m tired of race being a way to real in viewers with controversy instead of because it makes the sense that PoC should be involved in everything white people are involved in. Shows like NBC’s Scandal need more light but I shouldn’t have to be excited because 5+ of the 14+ characters are PoC. The point is we have rich history and stories to be told to. They can be just as good as Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Dexter, BBC Sherlock or Supernatural.

Fifth, white people realizing money is apart of privilege in a very real way.

Let’s see white people refuse their inheritance and give it the DREAM organizations or black youth or other PoC self development organizations. Find the families of your ancestors and pay reparations to children of laborers. Rebuild places like Newark, NJ where race riots are still historically visible in broken down/fire damaged buildings and NOT gentrify them like white people are doing now.  Go to schools where white people aren’t the overwhelming majority in both classrooms and faculty rooms and see how different your education turns out.

Six, Most importantly. PoC are intelligent, efficient, and capable just like white people. Don’t think you need to coddle us forever.

Once we have sufficient tools for ourselves we will not stand for White Saviors; that’s just another way to keep PoC from being their own people and being their own heroes. We don’t need collective parents we need peers.

Don’t just live out change on the internet. Don’t just go to the projects for a class assignment. Actually cut off the white-only bootstraps and live with us. 

So those are 6 or so ways I think racist institutions can be dismantled.

Anon will stay open for a while so stop in if you have anything else to ask. Also, just like when most of my loaded asks come in. I’ll be on Skype too: rjanedoe69 (which is what I use for tumblr only).

Long story short, white people have a lot of work to do.

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Problems PoC face when talking about racism.

starvedforjustice:

We’re constantly under pressure to not talk about racism, because many people (wrongfully so) are under the impression that somehow acknowledging that racism exists and is bad, somehow makes it worse.

But once we’ve moved past caring what those idiots think, and are ready to talk about race, we face an entirely new set of problems.

We have to deal with white people appropriating our experiences and cultures, but then when we express how that is racist and disrespectful, we ourselves are called racists. We have to deal with people of our own races and ethnicities who’ve internalized racism to such a degree that they themselves refuse to see or talk about it. 

We have to deal with lame excuses for racism, people excusing it, and worst of all, people who claim to be our allies telling us to calm down, that we’re just overreacting. 

Even with all of this, we’re expected to stay calm, and keep speaking in calm voices, regardless of whether or not people are listening to us. We’re expected to be well behaved and nice, while people are spitting in our faces, and calling us liars. We’re supposed to chill out, and calmly explain concepts of racism, privilege, and colorism to people who repeatedly don’t want to hear us, and don’t care how we feel, or what we think. 

Because as soon as we express frustration, or anger at our situations, or the community at large’s refusal to listen to us, then suddenly we’re the bad guys. We’re the violent ones, oppressing the poor white folks with our desires for equality. As soon as we begin demanding things instead of timidly asking for them, suddenly we’re the racist ones. 

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Breaking: NYPD fatally shoots 18 year old in the bathroom of his home in front of 6-year-old brother.

fracturedrefuge:

TW: Police brutality, murder

baddominicana:

occupyallstreets:

Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said the shooting happened following a struggle with the suspect.  He said an officer from the Special Narcotics Unit fired one time, striking 18-year-old Rahmarley Graham in the chest.

The shooting happened around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the bathroom of the apartment house where Graham lived with his mother and grandmother.

Graham was rushed to Montefiore Hospital and pronounced dead. The suspect’s mother, Constance Malcolm, claims police chased her son because he had marijuana on him and that he was unarmed.

The suspect’s mother also said that the teen’s grandmother and 6-year-old brother were inside the house at the time of the shooting.

“In the bathroom they shot him.  My 6-year-old son was there and saw everything,” Malcolm said. “I’m going to get justice.”

The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Unit is investigating the details.

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what white kid gets shot up in cold blood in front of a child for having weed on them?

So, story time.

My 23-year-old cousin (who is white and grew up in an upper-middle class family) goes to school in Atlanta.  I got to see him over Christmas and we were talking.  Some how the subject of police came up, specifically the police in Atlanta, Georgia, where he goes to school.  He said he liked it there, that this was the first place he had ever been that he actually felt the police were on his side and there to protect him.  He then proceeded to tell me this “funny” story about how one night, he had just left a frat party (where he had been drinking) and was driving home at about 2 AM when he made an illegal right turn.  A cop pulled him over, told him to “take it easy”, gave him a ticket for the illegal turn, and sent him on his way.

Meanwhile, in Atlanta, we have Joetavius Stafford, a 19-year-old black man shot in the back by a police officer.

We have Dwight Person, a 54-year-old black man shot during the execution of a no-knock warrant by a female police officer for making a “threatening gesture”. (Which, seriously, if some one stormed into my house without knocking with guns in their hands, I’d make a couple threatening gestures, too…)

We have Kathryn Johnston, a 92-year-old black woman who was killed when plainclothes police executed a no-knock warrant on her home.  The officers got the warrant by falsely claiming they had bought cocaine at her house.  After they shot her five times, they handcuffed her as she lay dying and planted marijuana in her house.

We have officer Raymond Bunn, who shot 18-year-old Corey Ward (a black man). A judge ruled it was in self-defense before the case was ever taken to trial before a jury.  Officer Bunn had several claims of excessive force leveled against him in the past.  From this article:

A five year veteran, this is not the first time that Officer Bunn has been accused of using unnecessary force. There are four other cases in his file in which claims have been brought. The only one of those four which resulted in any disciplinary action was the beating of Michael Jascomb during a drug arrest, and that centered on Bunn’s failure to report the use of force. Although Jascomb was suffering from a retinal hemorrhage after the incident, his claim of excessive force was dismissed.

About a week after Jascomb’s claim was dismissed, Bunn was accused of hitting Mark Norfleet in the head with his baton during an arrest. Norfleet’s claims were dismissed entirely, as were those of Joe Summers, who accused Bunn and a group of other officers of taking him into an alley and beating him.

On September 3, 2000, Bunn was involved in an altercation with Ylia Lavender, who claimed that he punched her in the face without provocation, breaking her eye socket. Lavender’s claim was dismissed due to lack of evidence, but she has since joined with the family of Corey Ward in bringing a suit against the Atlanta police. Her vision remains impaired due to the incident.

Folks, this is white privilege in action.  I found all of these stories with 5 minutes and Google.  I would bet my bank account there are more stories, many of them not even considered “newsworthy” because, really who cares about the death of a black person at the hands of police?  They probably deserved it. (/sarcasm)

This is what racism is, folks.  Racism is not black people getting to have a “Black History Month” or a PoC calling you “cracker”.  Racism is a world where black and brown bodies are seen as expendable, where black and brown mothers have to fear losing their precious babies for the crime of simply existing in black or brown skin.  Don’t you dare tell me that if the color of my cousin’s skin was anything other than the white it is, that the outcome of his traffic stop would have been the same.

So, seriously, fellow white folks.  Quit it with the “reverse racism” whining.  We are not (and will probably never be) oppressed on the same institutionalized level as PoC.  We do not understand their struggles because we are queer or disabled or neurodivergent. Period.  Full stop.

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White people who believe in color blind racial ideology are actively placating the status quo, encouraging racism, and reinforcing white supremacy.

dumbthingswhitepplsay:

sourcedumal:

Source 1 

Source 2

There you have it. We’ve known this for ages, but a wonderful black woman has proved it through white-people approved studies.

You’re not just racist. You’re active racists.

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We’ve heard the 911 calls. We seen the 13 year old witness. We’ve read the letter from the alleged killer’s father. We listened to the anger of the family’s attorney. We’ve felt the pain of Trayvon’s mother. For heaven’s sake, for 24 hours he was a deceased John Doe at the hospital because even the police couldn’t believe that maybe he LIVES in the community. There are still some facts to figure out. There are still some questions to be answered. But, let’s be clear. Let’s be very, very clear. Before the neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, started following him against the better judgement of the 911 dispatcher. Before any altercation. Before any self-defense claim. Before Travyon’s cries for help were heard on the 911 tapes. Before the bullet hit him dead in the chest. Before all of this. He was suspicious. He was suspicious. Suspicious. And you know, like I know, it wasn’t because of the hoodie or the jeans or the sneakers. Cause I had on that same outfit yesterday and no one called 911 saying I was just wandering around their neighborhood. It was because of one thing and one thing only. Trayvon is black.
Michael Skolnik, White People, You Will Never Look Suspicious Like Trayvon Martin  (via veganmudblood)

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undercoverterrorist:

osobigbear:

http://unfaircampaign.org

Is white skin really fair skin?
Something as basic as the color of our skin has shaped our lives, opened doors, put us at the head of the line.
Granted us privileges we don’t even realize.
We don’t experience the daily disadvantages - the looks, the fear, the hassles - that thrive in the unspoken world of white entitlement.
And that’s unfair.

undercoverterrorist:

osobigbear:

http://unfaircampaign.org

Is white skin really fair skin?

Something as basic as the color of our skin has shaped our lives, opened doors, put us at the head of the line.

Granted us privileges we don’t even realize.

We don’t experience the daily disadvantages - the looks, the fear, the hassles - that thrive in the unspoken world of white entitlement.

And that’s unfair.

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Ginger Snaps Back: A white man is called "Cracker" by a black man.

dingraha:

The word hits him like a saltine underhand-tossed into a lake of whole milk. He feels nothing inside. He does not suddenly call to mind the centuries of injustice and cruelty people like him have suffered, because people like him have not suffered centuries of injustice and…

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thearkhproject:

Just attaching another pair of flyers you can use to spread the word about #Arkh. For more information, please see this post!
In addition, you’ll note some of the wording was changed to be more clear as to what Arkh is, namely, a project featuring queer people and PoC, by queer people and PoC, that anyone will be able to understand and play. People who aren’t either queer, PoC, or both are highly encouraged to watch and play.
B/W pdf: http://cl.ly/160Q3L3h0E3b0036463M
Color pdf: http://cl.ly/3c0f3K1v2R0u2T0q0y3A

Credit to these goes to Re at mimicre.

thearkhproject:

Just attaching another pair of flyers you can use to spread the word about #Arkh. For more information, please see this post!

In addition, you’ll note some of the wording was changed to be more clear as to what Arkh is, namely, a project featuring queer people and PoC, by queer people and PoC, that anyone will be able to understand and play. People who aren’t either queer, PoC, or both are highly encouraged to watch and play.

Credit to these goes to Re at mimicre.

(via fuckyeahfeminists)

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