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Kaitlin Byrd @GothamGirlBlue
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I love getting myself in trouble, so a thread about race and racism, inspired by the self-own of Andrew Sullivan.
First, racism is not about hurt feelings. It is about dehumanization. It is about power. It is about control. It is about resources. It is about consequences. So it’s almost impossible to be racist to white people.
Next, for people who are so sure about the definition of racism, they never seem to see it at any other time. Only when the word “white” pops up do they start worrying about the implications. But they spew the bullshit of The Bell Curve like it’s chapter and verse.
To the white people who complain about this, they’re not actually interested in race or hierarchy or how it has festered in American society. They are interested in not feeling bad about it and making ethnic minorities responsible for it.
Ever since we’ve had the power to point out the horrors perpetrated against us and the continuing ramifications (our only power!), white people have been trying to evade responsibility. If they are responsible, they must change.
Thus, they scream that mild jokes that poke at the truth - that whiteness is little more than a system of oppression established to shunt resources to those under its protection - are a form of violence.
Suggesting that we stop investing in black children’s educations because they’re inherently dumber? Not violent. Mentioning that Breaking Bad is about awful white people? Like slavery.
These white people are desperate to be victims, to be aggrieved, because it lessens the fear of having to change. It blunts the truth and makes racism not a system to attack but a matter of feelings.
To be reminded of whiteness - the violence, the horror, the theft, the suffering - is the closest to pain that they can get. Because most of the time, that truth is invisible. To see it is the real sin.
And that makes POC the real sinners. In the gospel of whiteness, it is we who must seek forgiveness. We must so that the order of the world stays intact, and understood, and most of all, invisible.
Sarah Jeong didn’t bow to that altar. Those of us who don’t and never will defend her. And Andrew Sullivan pretends that he is being oppressed. What is racism, after all, but hurt feelings?
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