Dear White People (2012)
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular “African American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film will explore racial identity in “post-racial” America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world.
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So here for this.
[This is like the sixth draft of this. The first draft was the best, but when I tried to post it Tumblr was all like HAHA NO FUCK YOU, YOU DON’T GET TO SAY THINGS and I lost it. Lost drafts a few times because of site glitches. Anyway, here we go.]
I am white. I am really, really white. Most of my ancestors come from the British Isles; those who didn’t came from Germany and France and Norway, and were all also very white. I can get a sunburn in December with 85 SPF slathered fucking everywhere.
I don’t discuss race very often, because frankly I don’t think about it much. I don’t worry about whether or not I appear racist because I assume that my actions will speak for themselves. I don’t give a fuck about your ancestors. I don’t give a fuck about what you look like. All I care about is who you are; what you do and how you do it and what you say and how you say it. But since this is titled “Dear White People”, and I am white, I am forced to conclude that you are addressing me.
So, I’ll respond to all of your statements in order:
I currently have no close black friends. I happen to live in a place where whites and Hispanics greatly outnumber any other ethnicities, so I am statistically more likely to find white and Hispanic friends. As it turns out, my closest friends are white (one is half Jewish, so there’s a little diversity). This was not a conscious decision, merely how the dice landed. I have never specifically sought out someone black so I could make friends with them. Does that make me racist?
My weed comes from many sources, none of whom are black or named Tyrone. Why the automatic association with illegal activity?
I would never touch someone without their express, or at least implied, permission. People do that? What the fuck?
Anyone who claims that any kind of music makes them practically whatever is a moron and I do not appreciate being lumped in with morons.
The only kind of people who piss my family off are the kind who steal, rape, murder, or use drugs irresponsibly. If they got pissed off about me dating a black person, however, that would in no way delegitimize my relationship with that person, because I would never date someone for the sole purpose of pissing off someone else. That’s not dating, that’s using.
I will NEVER STOP DANCING. So fuck you.
Dear White People,
Anytime you jump into our spaces, defending you personal Whiteness and are like NOT ALL WHITE PEOPLE ARE LIKE THAT you are in fact exactly like those white people you feel you need to separate yourself from. In fact, you are worse than them because you feel the need to defend whiteness in a space where Black people are discussing their experiences! TDLR; This shit ain’t about you, cracker. Get over yourself and go dance your ass to the shame box.
You have no idea how hard it is for me not to just type “FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU” a thousand times. Cracker? Seriously? Why has this conversation disintegrated into racial slurs? To try to get back the calm, reasonable response:
I am not in any way trying to dimish or disrespect anyone’s experiences, or even this film. For one thing, I haven’t seen it. You’ll notice that everything I said was in response to the above GIFs. My point was not “Well, I’m not like that”, my point was “You’re stereotyping white people, which is also racist”. If I were to make a movie called “Dear Black People” about my experiences with racism, how well would that go over?
How about the scene where, on my first day at a new school, I’m assigned to sit next to a black person and that person stands up and says “Aw, hell no, I’m not sitting next to some privileged-ass white bitch” in response to absolutely nothing, because I’d said nothing and done nothing except be forced to stand at the front of the classroom and say my name and what school I’d gone to previously.
Or the scene where a friendless, shy little me in middle school has only one person to sit with at lunch, an absolutely awesome black girl named Shanna, but she ends up so harrassed for sitting with that “quiet little cracker” that I spend the rest of the year eating alone in the bathrooms.
Or the scene where I’m half in love with the most amazing guy, again, black, and as soon as I try to do something about it one of his friends stops me because apparently he doesn’t date white girls. I’m crushed, because he’s always so nice and charming and kind and I really thought there was something, but I let it go. Later I find out the friend stopped me because she didn’t want him to date a white girl, and I’m crushed all over again.
My point is that this GIF (and in fact probably the film) is addressing the subject in a bigoted and hurtful way. I am more than happy to watch a film, even promote and laud a film, that addresses the racism that I am entirely aware that black people face daily. I am more than willing to hear about everyone’s experiences, and I know that a lot of white people are ignorant, condescending bigots and they absolutely deserve a smackdown like this, but they deserve individual smackdowns. You can’t address a smackdown to an entire race of people. By calling this “Dear White People”, you’re including all white people in that statement and not accounting for the people of other ethnicities who are equally racist against blacks, and statements like “stop dancing” are simply playing to a stupid stereotype. Bigotry is not exclusively white, and shit like this deserves a response.
Somebody come get your cousin & explain reality to them. Or get her to shut the fuck up & stop derailing this conversation with her trite bullshit. I already got Bingo & she’s boring the shit out of me.