"I have a choice: I can be white — that is, I can refuse to challenge white supremacy or centrality — or I can be a human being. I can rest comfortably in the privileges that come with being white, or I can struggle to be fully human. But I can’t do both. Though the work is difficult, the choice for those of us who are white should be easy."In science, a law is an "analytic statement". While a theory can contain laws or be inferred from a law/laws, a law is a law is a law...until proven otherwise.
Formerly known as "Jensen's Theory of White Fears", Jensen's Law is an homage to Dr. Robert Jensen, a professor of journalism at the University of Texas in Austin. In his article "What White People Fear", he sheds light upon four core fears of white people (namely white Americans). These four main fears are the Tenets of Jensen's Law.
The First Tenet: Some of What White People Have is Unearned
Racism is a social construct with no biological basis in fact. It is an unnatural system devised by people, maintained by people, all for the benefit of some and the detriment of others. The exclusive nature of racism is deliberate. The cost to those it excludes is deliberate. The benefit to those it favors is deliberate.
In America, racism works in favors of whites, to the detriment of everyone else. The roots of this racism are in genocide and slavery: the taking of one people's land, and using someone else to build upon it. Thus what many white people take pride in and feel self-satisfied over, is actually accredited to someone else.
The Second Tenet: To Whites, Equality = Loss of What They Have
Whites are not comfortable with level playing fields. They are not comfortable with being challenged by others, or competing without preferential treatment. The moment they lose exalted status, they feel as though they've "lost" and that someone else has taken what's rightfully theirs. And in the white mind, everything is theirs, including other people.
In other words, they consider the socioeconomic advancement of people of color to be racism against whites.
The Third Tenet: Fear of Whites Being Inherently Evil
The greatest atrocities in human history are often ascribed to those of European descent, whether they were committed against people of color or even people of their own skintone. It is difficult for modern whites to look through their ancestry and not see centuries of conquest, colonization, exploitation and the most inhuman forms of slavery.
This creates fear for many whites as they inevitably become a minority. Many worry that the descendants of those who were exploited, tortured, colonized, displaced, and enslaved will seek vengeance and repay whites in kind.
Another, less spoken fear is that people of color will not repay whites in kind, thereby setting the "evil white" legacy/stereotype in stone. Long after they are gone, how will an all-color human species remember them and portray them in the history books? And are they "declining" because Nature itself decided to breed them out? And if so, was/is it because they were born flawed?
And if not...what prevented them from peacefully coexisting amongst themselves and with others? Or even after the atrocities were committed, what made them unable to reject privilege and resist fleeing responsibility?
The Fourth Tenet: Inability to Relate to Fellow Human Beings
Humans internalize what they are exposed to, whether they choose to or not. Treating people of color as less than human was the norm in America for centuries. Some laws being passed over the course of 150 years did not (and cannot) radically change centuries of ingrained thinking passed down through the generations, mutating and self-preserving. Whether they think they are being humorous or not, most whites have difficulty communicating with people of color. When confronted, they tend to shift the blame onto people of color, thereby refusing to face the fact that they themselves have a distorted view of fellow human beings, and have lost the ability to communicate...like normal human beings.