Casual racism is the fact that I have 3750 followers because white people don’t want to have to hear their anti-racism directly from People of Color.
facts on facts on facts
Hold on, little detail. I think I attempted to make it clear that anything I said, was from an attempt to make both a personal-to-me, and a global perspective [if that’s even possible], so to keep throwing it at me that the article was written from a western perspective, yes, I fully understand that. No argument. My response then would be that there is more to the world that The West.
[I’m still learning the tumbles, so bear with my copy past, I don’t know how to make it do what I want.]
- People of color are routinely singled out by authority figures, not just in stores, but in every situation. Security officers are more likely to follow them around in stores. Police are more likely use excessive force. In fact, a black person of color is murdered every 36 hours by a police officer. … Well this is something interesting I can comment on, I *am* a security officer at a university. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last four years, so I have some insights. I will not say this doesn’t happen. Of course it happens. I would be an idiot to say it doesn’t happen. But you are also going WAY beyond what was said in the original article that I responded to. So saying I’m racist because a cop kills a PoC every 36 hours? Straw Man fallacy. Sorry, but that’s not what I’m talking about specifically. Again, I’m not actually sharing an opinion ON that, so responding to ME with an alternative fact doesn’t demonstrate that I am anything. Do I think that that statistic is horrific? Of course. Do I wish for a change in that? Of course. Is that related to what I was saying? I mean, sure, in a vague, sort of, kind of way. But all I’m talking about is the idea that as a white person, I can go places and not worry about being followed or harassed. I didn’t say that the opposite isn’t true. I suggested, in a sarcastic and satirical way, that the point the person was making is ludicrous. YES, I see the news, when a white guy goes nuts, we bring in the psychologists and sociologists and try to understand what the fuck is going on in his head, but when a PoC commits a crime, a statistically significant amount of the time, they just say it was dangerous and they had to shoot the person. But that’s not what the article that was sent to me was talking about [ps: your educational link didn’t work, feel free to send again, I *will* read it, same as I did the first one] The article made it seem like anytime a PoC leaves their home, it’s constant harassment. They talked about being followed and harassed while shopping. Not about cop murder. Not about security guard harassment. So, that is what I addressed. And when I visit Brooklyn twice a month, I don’t see PoC doing their food shopping cowering in fear of potential anything, I see people on their daily lives, doing what they do. Is it possible that they are scared, deep down? I mean, I guess so, but then that’s YOU painting a victimizing picture on a race. I can visit, and I’m not going to be so ignorant as to say that I don’t see colour, of course I do, but I also see happy people, out in scary public. Point: you attacked me based on facts and statistics unattached to what I said.
- The majority of textbooks are written from a white perspective. This does not mean that a certain country is summarily removed from the map; It means that the voices of non-white people are silenced and their experiences minimized. That means that places like Tuscon feel justified in banning textbooks about Mexican/Mexican-American history written by people of color. … Right, and in the Western world, the people who write the textbooks are [mostly? usually? always? a statistically significant amount of the time?] represented by people who view themselves as being OF the Western world. And if you go somewhere else, if you go out into the asiatic countries, if you go into the middle east WHOA MATTHEW NO WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE WESTERN WORLD. Ok, so you’re point then is that the Western world is bad because it is “the same” as the rest? I’m assuming this idea comes up a lot, but I would argue that a PoC has a more potential “successful” life in Amurca than a white person in a statistically significant number of countries, IF all other details are the same [<- don’t ignore the part after the IF please :)] so I ever so humbly propose the idea, that, even given all the rage, the unrest, the racism following 9/11, I suggest that it is safer, more fruitful, more prosperous, with more potential for “success”, to be a person born of Iraqi heritage living in New York City, than for an Amurcan living in Iraq. Now if you give me a moment, if you read for a moment without having decided what you’re response is before you’ve read it, you will see I’m NOT saying that being a PoC is easy. I haven’t said any of that, so, Internet, calm. I’m saying that there is more to THIS than the western world. So if you want to talk about history books, but ignore the rest of the WORLD, then ok, but you’re deluding yourself and living in your OWN bubble of ignorance.
- White people as a whole are not asked to represent their race. White criminals and terrorists? They were mentally disturbed, misunderstood, an evil individual. Their actions are not associated with their race. Non-white criminals/terrorists, on the other hand, reflect upon the entirety of their race. [Ie, you see this stupid fucking bumper sticker everywhere, but you never see a “Everything I learned about white people I learned in 1492”] … White people as a whole? are not asked to represent their race? And who is? If I wanted to ask Canadians as a whole to represent their.. nationality? What would that looks like? “I have assembled ALL THE CANADIANS to ask you AS A WHOLE to represent yourselves. Do you mean that white people, as individuals, are never asked to represent themselves as a whole? Because while the number may be statistically insignificant, that is simply untrue. I was asked to be a part of a final thesis and share my thoughts and feelings as a representative of white people, by a PoC. So you started off this point with a lie, and then tried to use that to support the idea that, in Amurca, whities are given more time for.. reflection? study? for individual acts, where as when it comes down to PoC, it is nothing but assumptions and biased accusations. I am a human being see that. I as a white person see that too, but what does that matter. I as a PERSON see that. I shall, as a representative of those damn white people, share an insight. When WE see things like that on tv? That a child in a hoodie was shot by a guy, and the best they can come up with is that he was black and in public? We feel outraged. I am not saying we feel outraged on a level, where we feel a though a member of OUR group was hurt, and we feel their pain intrinsically, but we can see HURT and feel sadness for that hurt. So give human beings the credit that there are some who don’t watch Fox news and clap after every tidbit. Now as for that bumper sticker, I want you to know that everything *I* learned about Amurca, I learned on August 6th and August 9th of 1945. [side note: holy shit, I *am* a racist. I think I might be biased and have prejudicial feelings against the white folks in the USA. Well done, you’ve just taught me something about myself.] [other side note: hey remember that whole India vs native groups thing I said racistly? That was making fun of IGNORANT white people who don’t understand that using the word Indian out of context is racist] anyways, I *don’t* see that bumper sticker everywhere. If fact, I’ve never seen it anywhere. So while I understand the point you’re trying to make, it’s not supported by “you always see” statements. Point: Yes, a white guy was once asked to represent white guys. No, it’s not ok to ignore the individual situations of PoC in situations as you mention, and group them together. But I didn’t say that, I didn’t say anything about PoC in that situation. You did. I just talked about the fact that, yes, I was asked to give an overall opinion as representative of more than me. Again, you’re putting words in my mouth and attacking me based on those words I didn’t say.
- Or, we could remember that as recently as 2005, the ‘Doll Test’ (where children are asked to pick the ‘preferable’ doll from a white doll and a black doll) still shows a disposition among ALL children for a white doll. … So what you are saying then, is that, in this context, a white doll, and a black doll. *sighs* This is why tumblr is tiring me, this is why THIS is tiring me. Did I say anything about kids preferences? Did I say anything about what KoC [kids of colour? is that a thing?] would prefer? No, the article talked about toys REPRESENTING people, and I sarcastically suggested that this person hasn’t been in a toy store in a long time, because, AS YOU JUST PROVED, such toys do in fact exist. If you want to take it farther than that, I will be happy to continue discourse, but don’t accuse me of, agaaaiiin, saying things I did not say, and then attack THOSE words. I didn’t say those words.
- Again, this list of privileges pertained to western countries. … Well, alright, you racist person, hear this and hear it well. There’s more to the world than this West that you seem to adore so much. Pretending it isn’t there doesn’t make it so. Fucking racist.