No, not all whites [I am white] need to say "not all white people]. But those who need to say it are all white. ▶️
When someone says "white men" in a discussion about race/gender phenomena in general, it means those white people in question who do whatever is being described.
*I* don't get upset about it because I know I don't fit into the category of white people who get upset about the phrase "white people" used without a qualifier. ▶️
Ditto w/ “white men.”
If you don’t fit the category, you are not the subject.
So, if you don't in fact fit the category, I wasn't talking about you.
The strong need to publicly exclude oneself from the discussion is a cultural artefact of being white/white male. There are white men who DON'T feel that need ▶️
That's your "white male fragility" acting up.
I used to think that way myself, and it was my "white female fragility" [i.e., hurt that someone might think I'm "one of those women" ▶️
But that hurt was MY problem, no one else's.
I no longer feel that need, bc I am secure in my condition as a white woman who--while still needing to struggle INTERNALLY ▶️
It's only when a WOC or MOC claims that *I* specifically am one of "those women" that I feel the need to say "that's not me."
You know that the white men who do what I've described do in fact exist in large numbers, & you know those attitudes are deeply embedded into our culture. ▶️
So now is NOT the time to interrupt & say "not all___" but rather to either affirm that phenomenon is a very influential cultural artefact that women have to deal with...or stay silent. ▶️
Qualifiers are ALWAYS implied when one speaks of cultural phenomena.
Tho it is contrary to Twitter culture write long as you anticipate reader reacts, it is very much a characteristic of good writing & argumentation to do exactly that.
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