Contemplating "Seeing Racism"

...[C]ompared to most white people I do seem to see racism in everything. Because they see racism in almost nothing. Because they have narrowed the meaning of the word to just a kind of personal hatred. Because it does not affect them in a bad way. Because they do not want to face up to the racism their lives have been built on.

Abagond

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  1. "Because it does not affect them in a bad way."

    This is something that sticks out to me. The only comparison I have in my life to illustrate how this works is when I worked for this company as a receptionist. The area where my office was was air-conditioned by a separate system. And the day it broke - no one did anything for days. The only reason someone finally did something other than give me a damn fan was when I refused to work in a room with no windows and no air conditioning, with the door propped open in a drug neighborhood and my papers blowing all over the place. After a 2-day vacation, the air was fixed. If the air conditioning in my boss's office had been broken, he'd have it fixed that day. With me, I had to walk in there and ask him to get it fixed for 4 days and then take 2 days off to get my point across. Notice that my needs as a human being didn't bother him. My absence did.

    I think the "tables turning" fear many WP have comes from the sinking suspicion that POC aren't making it sound worse than it is. It actually is that bad.

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  2. I think the "tables turning" fear many WP have comes from the sinking suspicion that POC aren't making it sound worse than it is. It actually is that bad.

    And if indeed the "tables turn"...well the good news is, they won't have to hear POC bitch about it anymore.

    Though I doubt the tables will turn. I think WP are slated to go from being a privileged majority to a privileged minority *cue nods from South Africans*

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  3. White folk makin' a big deal about being a numerical minority. You don't have to be a numerical majority to maintain power, wealth and privilege. Just look at apartheid South Africa or the antebellum Southern U.S. You just have to be willing to be ruthless enough to do whatever it takes to maintain your foot on others' necks. I believe more than enough White folk in America ARE that damn ruthless.

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