Some basic shit needs to be said.
Racism works on people treating you a certain way because they THINK you are something, based on how you look, and what they think people should be treated like.
Throughout various times in my life I have been assumed to be: Mexican, Filipino, Japanese, Iraqi Chaldean, White, Half Black, and probably a lot more no one ever told me. But the thing is, depending on what people THINK you are, changes how they TREAT you, and there’s racism.
You didn’t have to do anything for this to happen to you, there’s society, it’s doing it’s thing, and you just happened to pop out with this particular gene expression and now you’re either getting shit, or getting benefits, or sometimes, one way or another depending on where you are, how you’re dressed/how your hair is, or what the current political climate is at the moment.
Obviously, though, that also depends on where you sit on the race appearance scale- people like me, who can be racially ambiguous… sit higher up on this scale than someone who is unmistakeably dark with unmistakeably kinky hair.
So, we got no control over how our genes came together, and we’ve got no control over larger society.
What do we have control over? Whether we play the game and support the system or don’t support it.
When someone points out that the system exists, that lighter people GET more benefits (benefit of the doubt, taken at face value, wages, promotions, loans, housing opportunities, attacked less, arrested less), than darker people who get more fuck overs (dismissed, more violence, less wages, less opportunity, more abuse, worse healthcare, targeted legal violence)… and you pretend it doesn’t exist? You, in fact, fight to keep that hidden?
That says you’re down with those benefits to you and costs to others.
Welcome to the land of White-Identifying.
Don’t be surprised when folks give you a hearty FUCK YOU because that’s what you just gave them.
And this isn’t a theoretical - you just said everything they’ve been through, personally and first hand, all the shit their family has been through - doesn’t mean shit to you. At that point, no one owes you anything in terms of politeness or manners - because you just cosigned on every act of violence and oppression.
One of the most common, passive aggressive BULLSHIT ways people do this is derailing. The point of derailing that is the giveaway that it’s bullshit, is the point of dismissing the suffering of others. If Black folks are talking about lynching, I can bring up the fact that Chinese were lynched as well, but if I a) claim that Chinese “had it worse”, or b) “Well, it’s not that bad, I MEAN CHINESE GOT LYNCHED TOO”…
Yeah, that’s not actually about expanding the conversation or adding history, that’s really boiling down to, “OMG, HOW DARE WE SPEND THIS MUCH EMPATHY CARING ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE!!!”
And that’s where you see folks get committed. They’ll argue for days, because in their heads, even if they hate the idea of being less than white people on the racism scale, they’ve completely internalized the idea that they’re still supposed to be better off than Black folks. This is where you see people talking about “Black people have enough already! What about…”
They always try to frame it as about talking about their own histories and struggles, but, ironically, instead of making their own conversations about it, they instead go and make sure to go interrupt other people’s conversations. Because it’s not so much about telling the story as much as silencing other people’s discussions.
And then y’all turn around and say, “Well, I’m POC too! Why are you identity policing me?!? I thought you were against racism, how can you start including how I look in the conversation?!?”
It comes down to how you act - you’re acting white, which is making you “look white” as far as behavior is concerned. You protect the oppressor, you ARE the oppressor. You protect the whiteness, so you ARE the whiteness.
You reaped the benefits on other people’s backs, you got the good deal, you get the badge of being “the good one” in the white people’s eyes, and you weren’t even being asked to choose, but you decided to make the choice ALL ON YOUR OWN that little bit of white approval, or at least the idea that “I’m better than those people” was MORE IMPORTANT, than the actual suffering of other people.
It’s never your fault you looked whiter, it’s absolutely your fault you acted whiter.
It’s not the fault of the colonists that the Native Americans were not immune to smallpox.
It’s not the fault of the colonists that the Native Americans did not have a system of property rights.
It’s not the fault of the colonists that the Native Americans depleted their resources.
It’s not the fault of the colonists that the Native Americans were involved in skirmishes over land.
It’s not the fault of the colonists that Andrew Jackson was a dick.
Are you fucking serious?
Very fucking serious.
Hmm… Just checking… Yep, definitely still a racist.
You are a raging piece of shit and I hope you choke on a wishbone tomorrow.
“You use facts contrary to my delusions about the world?”
“I HOPE YOU DIE.”
You didn’t use any facts. At all. And all of your points are totally twisted and don’t even make sense.
It wasn’t the colonizers’ fault that the indigenous population wasn’t immune to smallpox, but once the colonizers found that out, they purposely infected the Native community.
It’s not the colonizers’ fault that Native Americans didn’t have a system of property rights, but they made damn sure to exploit that fact.
It wasn’t the colonizers’ fault that Andrew Jackson was a dick, but they put him in office. (ALSO ANDREW JACKSON WAS A COLONIZER SO IT ACTUALLY KIND OF WAS THE COLONIZERS’ FAULT HE WAS A DICK)
Like, it’s not your fault someone can die from a bullet to the brain but that doesn’t mean you’re not accountable if you shoot them in the head.
Indians did have property rights. In fact, initially, what would happen is that the colonizers would show up, settle down for a month or two, and when the local nations realized these folks weren’t stopping to trade, but seriously trying to settle down, THEY SENT A FEW HUNDRED WARRIORS to stand there and let them know it was time to leave.
(This happened numerous times, and even with this, and even with Europeans dying of starvation, freezing to death, unwillingness to farm their own food, and malaria, they KEPT sending people into the grinder, so determined where they to TAKE the land. Look up the history on Jamestown and how many times it was decimated and yet, more colonizers were sent.)
This myth that Indians didn’t have property was this - they didn’t build massive fences and walls to mark their property. They had constant alliances, conflicts, and wars between each other OVER property and space, and such, but yeah, they had property.
White people were the ones who were unable to understand the concept of property or property rights.
Perpetuating this myth is a way white people lie to themselves and everyone else and make it seem like it’s not theft. Under this logic, I should be able to move to France, and since property deeds are written in French, which I can’t read, claim the fucking land for myself since “there’s no indication they have anything of a notion of property”.
Second, if I had a history of breaking into people’s houses and shooting half the people and enslaving the other half, and I show up to your house and half the people die of heart attack while I’m waving my gun around and I shoot only 1 person and enslave only one other person and keep the house for myself, do I get to say, “Well, it’s not MY FAULT y’all had a heart condition… (BTW, this is my house now)” and act like it was an accident of fate?
Let’s also not forget they also kidnapped several thousand Indians to take as slaves to Europe and simply gave up BECAUSE of the same profiteering motive and (ETA b/c late writing) disease simply made Indians “not profitable as slaves”. In other words, if it weren’t FOR disease the plan would have been to enslave them.
“If you can’t make us money as slaves, you should be killed”. Clearly this is the sort of thinking people innocently looking for a place to live operate under, right?
But white people want to act like this absolves them of their role in genocide. Nope! You brought several plagues, used it as a weapon, slaughtered survivors and took the land.
White people will in the same breath proclaim how they didn’tpersonallydo all these things, yet they will PERSONALLY defend the people who did, either through denial, attempting to normalize the rationales, or simply lying about the history they themselves documented.
As long as white people cannot take responsibility by at the very minimum acknowledging history, they will remain the people least qualified to talk about history, justice, or any culture they’ve come into contact with.
Letting black dick near your white pussy does not mean you suddenly solved racism.
” and as I deep throated his mighty sword… I swear.. afterhat moment racism was over”
Looool. White pussy so powerful it eradicates centuries long oppression?! Yes, keep licking that “Mandingo” you white bitches fantasize about and think you’re doing anything for my Black bitch ass.
shut the fuck up
lol, no cunt. don’t be mad your fairy vagina doesn’t inoculate the world against racism. and it’s funny cause it aint the black men who racist, it’s the white ho’s thirsty for that dick. like you. byyyyye chile.
and could we be any later on this fucking days old post. lol.
Apparently the limits of white understanding is the idea that the totality of MLK’s Dream was that white people would be able to touch POC without spontaneously erupting into violence.
Nevermind all that stuff about resources, labor, health, or the violence committed by other white people who are not only not prosecuted, but even protected and rewarded by a larger society.
But yeah, a white person held hands with a POC without setting them on fire! Go you!
Next maybe you’ll find a way to advance civilization by eating food without smearing it in feces! ”You is smart, you is kind, you is important”, etc.
Y’all are set to fuck shit up today. I kind of love it.
People in Africa and Asia shouldn’t be able to wear Western clothes. They aren’t a part of the culture so they shouldn’t be able to wear its clothes.
that awkward moment when white people forget that POC invented what we now know at western clothing
Double awkward moment when the majority of western clothes are made in Asia.
Also, the whole part where white people miss the fact that it’s not like POC first demanded white people stop wearing those clothes, attacked them and kidnapped their children to be forced into schools where they don’t have any of the culture or understanding of what those clothes mean, THEN turn around and are wearing clothes of specific significance (clergy, police officer, doctor, etc.) with no clue or right to those positions while making up stories about the clothes and the culture, AND being accepted as the authorities on that while white people are ignored, AND making a profit off it.
Because, you know, it’s really just about wearing a garment, right?
Let’s say everyone’s sitting down to eat some beans. And, in theory, each bowl is supposed to get 3 scoops.
But instead, what happens is, some folks get 5 scoops, other folks are getting 1 scoop.
Let’s do a simple math problem. If Bowl A has 5 scoops and Bowl B has 1 scoop of beans, how do you get both bowls to be equal?
a) The reasonable approach: Take 2 from Bowl A and put them into Bowl B
b) Inequality in process: “But that’s not fair, you’re taking some from one bowl and not the other! The only way you can make this fair is to take 2 from Bowl A and also take 2 from Bowl B and pour them on floor! That would be wasteful!”
c) The Magical thinking approach: “You should just MAKE more beans appear in your bowl. If you were a good person you would be able to.”
d) Not My Fault: “I didn’t ladle out the beans! If it was done unfairly to my benefit and I am arguing that we have to respect the deeds of the ladle person who put them there, but not respect it when the ladle comes back around to scoop it back out and make it even!”
Notice which option ACTUALLY evens out the shares, compared to the rest which basically look for reasons to not do anything at all, and usually blame people in the process.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how people use the excuse that somehow when you have an unequal situation, you’re supposed to GET an unequal situation by doing the same thing to everyone- instead of, what you would do, is do one thing for one group and another for a different group - UNTIL THINGS EQUAL OUT.
And that doesn’t even get to things like, say, the fact that the people who are getting the 1 scoop bowls maybe once owned the house, the land and the crops, or were the ones who grew all the damn beans to begin with, but you know, I’m assuming that anyone who is going to seriously argue that taking other people’s shit through violence and genocide is a legit thing to do is the LAST person fit for talking about fairness in any way.
im just waiting for this bird to say “BUT THE IRISH.”
IRISH IS NOT A RACE TRY AGAIN.
There is so much scholarship about the Irish becoming white in America & how much of that was in direct opposition to the idea of blackness & how that tied into global attitudes about race. But I don’t think any of the idjits who bring up the Irish are ready for that discussion. They still need to be handheld through the idea of white privilege.
I also gotta wonder what person goes, “All this horrible shit happened to the Irish (or Germans, or whichever group made it to whiteness)” and INSTEAD of going, “So let’s make sure this horrible shit doesn’t happen to anyone at all”, decides to say, “So who the fuck cares if it happens to you?”…
…is someone who is saying, “It ONLY matters when it happens to white people!”
It’s like how a dog will turn around three times in a little dance before sitting down in the same old spot of White Supremacy.
Folks decided to make a game full of racist imagery of the 1800’s, where the white people go around and fight the evil POC monsters.
Anyway. I’ll make open letter type call outs, but I’m not going to engage the creators directly, for this simple reason.
You sat down and took months, maybe years, to craft a game that is a celebration of the hate propaganda used to justify massacres, slavery, and imperialism. You are celebrating murder and hate crimes as a game. You are doing this for a profit.
What kind of rational discourse are you supposed to have with someone who puts that much effort in to squeeing about how awesome it was to hate you, your family, your friends, and, well, basically other humans?
Using imagery that is two centuries old, yet recurring to the modern day, so there’s no real reason to say “I didn’t know” anymore than anyone could use the excuse that “they didn’t know” about the heliocentric model of the solar system.
That’s the kind of stuff I think about when I think about how and where I engage people on their problematic shit. How much work did you have to do to make this thing, and how much work did you have to do to rationalize it being ok the whole fucking way through? What kind of circles of people did you have to cultivate who also didn’t see anything wrong with this?
Hate is never just a single action, it’s a mentality, and the mentality is built from a lifestyle. Lots of choices are made way before you get around to the thing that actually gets called out.
Someone who takes that much time and energy to take pleasure in hate is not someone you have reasonable conversations with.
Hey friends, I could really use prayer. My team and I have been hosting services each night and I am preaching the evening service every night. It is heart wrenching to stand before 70 people in front of their Hindu Temple and proclaim the gospel and to see that they don’t want Him. I take comfort in that the gospel is being proclaimed and the Lord will draw His sheep, but it’s taking a toll on me. Thank you for your continued prayers, family! Love you!
Don’t you think it’s heart wrenching for these faithful Hindus to see a bunch of strange American missionaries trying to convert them when they are trying to worship?
Don’t you think they might just want you to go home
I have nothing against anyone who believes in Jesus. I have a problem however for missionaries who think they’re going to countries to save people from going to hell. Really? I mean really?
The reason why people don’t accept Christ is because they already have a religion. They don’t need some random person coming to their homes and telling them that their religion is wrong. People don’t need “saving.”
We are in the 21st century.
Go back home.
Leave them alone. Stop. They do not need your religion or your teachings.
i pray that the op learns to mind his own fucking business and go the fuck home
Wow, standing IN FRONT of their temple? C’mon man, would you be ok with other religions standing IN FRONT of your church telling you to change religions?
You want to bring more people to Christianity? Do like Christ - help the poor, feed them, give them medicine, show them what a good person your religion turns you into. (Maybe also do like Christ and start by fixing up the problems in your own community and the hypocrisy before you go messing with other people!) Instead you running up in other people’s homes telling them how to live their lives. How you gonna spread Christianity acting like a Roman?!?
When you already missed the core teachings of your own religion, how are you qualified to even try to bring it to anyone else?
And that’s even BEFORE we get into talking about colonialism, imperialism, cultural imperialism and everything else you’re doing.