Monday, July 11, 2016

Racism is a White People Problem

One of the most profound things I heard during last Thursday's BLM rally in Seattle was just that. Spoken by one of the black female speakers: "Racism is a White People Problem."

It's our problem. All of this going on is our mess. This violence against citizens and cops alike is our's to fix. We victimized black people and all other people of color in the world. Why should it be on the victims to find a solution? Why do we act as they need to clean up the mess that we made?

I've said plenty of times that privileged people need to work to end systems of injustice that privilege them. But I also want to stress that we white people aren't doing people of color some kind of favor for fighting white supremacy. We're not doing anything worth commending. We shouldn't be doing this to feel good about ourselves. This is your basic "you spilled it, you clean it up" kind of thing. We made the problem, we fix it. That's how life works.

Here's a collection of resources on how you can begin doing that:

Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston

There are a lot of great things to read up on here as well as organizations for white people to work with fellow white people to clear up our mess. I've already joined the mailing lists for the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW) and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). I'm going to try and attend meetings as they come up.

If any fellow white people in the Seatlle area want to attend with me, perhaps because they also have some social anxiety, feel free to contact me.

We can do this.

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