Thursday, September 29, 2016

Recommended Reading

If you haven't noticed, I've been rather terrified by the current rise in nationalist and white supremacy across the U.S., Canada, and dominantly white Western European nations. Both Trump and Brexit are the high profile symptoms of this surge. Both are fueled by white nationalist xenophobia and racist, rhetoric about "those immigrants" causing all of our problems, Islamophobia, and in the U.S., the terror sparked in my fellow white people at the sight of black Americans fighting back against police brutality/modern-day lynchings.

And this piece on Vox is doing an excellent job explaining all of this in a way that I have not yet been able to, because I can't get my brain to stop screaming every time I think about it, let alone settle down enough to do the appropriate research. Thankfully, liberal white dudes and their privilege are good for something.

White riot: How racism and immigration gave us Trump, Brexit, and a whole new kind of politics

Keep in mind that I haven't read the entire thing yet. There may well be problematic elements to it that I haven't gotten to. Upon scrolling, I did notice one ableist slur in a subheader, surprise surprise.

It's a long read, but I think it's also very important for my fellow white people to be seriously thinking about this problem. And being afraid. Racism and xenophobia are not things of the past. White supremacists, Nazis, and the KKK aren't even things of the past. These bigots resurface every time the world is going through a rough spot to prey on the fear and powerlessness of poor and middle class whites who feel as though their unearned privileges are being taken away by the demands of people of color who demand their basic human rights.

The funny thing is, of course, that the increase in immigration and refugees are all due to white interference, terrorism, and imperialism. The Central American immigrants are coming here because of the horrific gang warfare in those countries created as a direct result of our "War on Drugs." And of course, we know why there are Syrian refugees, right?

But that doesn't matter much to my fellow white people.

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