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March 16th
18:47
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For my white folks: notes on being an ally to People of Color.

stfuconfederates:

These are some things that I have discovered or have been informed of over the last few months on this blog, and I wanted to pass them on in one place. I hope they can help you in the ways they’ve helped me, and I thank the people who’ve patiently helped me to understand them.

1. ‘Ally’ is something that you do, not something that you are.

I don’t call myself an ally. I appreciate it when I am referred to as such by my friends/followers who are People of Color, but a label such as ally isn’t something that a person can apply to themselves. It’s a liquid term that may or may not apply to me at any time depending on my personal behavior, and to assume the term is to assume that I am then incapable of wrongdoing or racism. I’m not. I’m simply not. You cannot label yourself an ally, all you can and should do is be one.

2. We’re still white, folks.

Far, far too often I see white anti-racists referring to all other white people as ‘you’, ‘they’, ‘them’, etc. We’re still white, y’all. We still have white privilege. When we tell white people to stop doing things, we have to say we have to stop doing this, we have problems, we have privilege, we don’t experience racism, we will never understand, we, us, ours. Rejecting whiteness and white supremacy does not strip us of privilege or somehow remove from us our ability to white.

3. We must work in the interests of all People of Color, while understanding that PoC are human beings who do not always agree with each other.

Simply put, it’s not our place to step into conversations between People of Color who are discussing racism to agree or disagree. Remember, we don’t experience racism. We can’t pick between the viewpoints of people who, from birth, understand racism from experience. As white people, and as anti-racists, we deal in our own. There are plenty of white people upholding white supremacy, we have plenty to do. And, in the rare case that this happens, if a Person of Color tells you that racism happens to white people, etc, thank them for their opinion and move on. We simply have no place to argue.

4. We support, defend, and battle. We don’t validate.

When we reblog something about experiences with racism/whiteness from a Person of Color, we don’t do so in order to ‘endorse’ or ‘validate’ their experiences, or to say that ‘as a white person, I agree that this happened to you and I say it’s awful and therefore it really is’. We must understand that these experiences are valid by the fact of their existence alone. We pass these things on because they’re real, and because people need to know. Not because we need to put our white stamp of approval on it.

5. Intersectionality.

In other words, to work in the best interests of People of Color we must also work in the interests of queer people, trans people, women, disabled folks, etc, but we must remember that these battles often share the same front. There are queer PoC, trans PoC, Women of Color, disabled PoC. Homophobia, cissexism, misogyny, and ableism work against People of Color as much as they do anybody else.

6. It’s not about us.

It’s just not. When whiteness is rightfully attacked, we have the choice to continue to battle whiteness or personally defend ourselves. We can only do one at a time, and there’s only one that we can do while calling ourselves anti-racists.

Who gives a fuck if we’re not all like that? There are still an overwhelming majority of white people who are. See point 2. We’re not here to defend ourselves or present ourselves as good people or ‘better than the other white people’. See point 1. We don’t determine the legitimacy of our ally status, and to derail a conversation on racism by defending ourselves is to say that the fact that I don’t see myself this way is more important than the fact that whiteness prevails, which is whiteness prevailing in action, and is racist.

March 1st
02:33
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wolfkazumaru:

Who qualifies as a POC, exactly? According to Wikipedia:

Person of color (plural: people of colorpersons of color) is a term used, primarily in the United States, to describe all people who are not white.

Well, that’s simple. Anybody who isn’t white!

Good thing white is a clearcut category, and bi/tri/quad/etcracial people don’t exist.

Wait no, neither of those is right.

One of my childhood friends is half-white, half-gwich’in. Never knew he was half-gwich’in until high school. Dude looks about as white as I do, and look at my display pic, I’m pretty damn white.

Does he intrinsically know more about racism than I do?

How white do you have to be to be white enough to not understand racism? 1/2? 3/4? 7/8? Is it the “one drop rule”?

Are Eastern Europeans white? Italians? Spaniards?

Can somebody tell me where, in Eurasia, the line of whiteness vs. non-whiteness is?

Yes, some of those questions are facetious. I’m trying to illustrate a point here.

We should take ideas and statements based on their merits alone, not the heritage of the speaker. Equality means we are all treated equally, not that the opinions of one ill-defined group are denigrated solely because of the speaker’s ancestry.

Also, coarse categorization of granular data doesn’t fucking work.

So I’ve been trying to write a post for Wolfkazumaru on the subject of racism for a long time (those links are required reading for my followers, but I only wanted to go back 10 pages so… yeah).

Also I procrastinate.

Luckily I have friends who I can complain at, and ask questions of. One of whom was very very helpful. Found this gem under todiedreaming’s racism tag (those are  required reading for my followers AND Wolf).

And to quote todiedreaming:

“‘Why should race be important?’ Because 

  1. negating someone’s race is negating their experience. My experience as an Afro-Latina varies GREATLY from white person, not just on a cultural level but on a socio-economic one as well. 
  2. How society views and tries to place me is due to my race. This is the core of race
  3. Imperialism tells PoC to shed their race and culture to fit in. This is where the “race doesn’t matter!!!11111” bullshit comes from”

And hey, look, I’ve even found some links to back up her statements because despite the fact that they should be fine on their own I know you won’t accept them as such!

  1. Here’s a great article about racial consciousness. You literally don’t even need to read past the first 4 paragraphs (but you should, because it’s a pretty good article).
  2. Read the summary of the above article.
  3. Colour blind, and aversive racism.

If anyone wants to correct me on… my links because that’s really all I gave, let me know!

February 29th
03:00
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HEY WHITE PEOPLE

spinkbottle:

CAN WE STOP WITH THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS OUTRAGE OVER BEING ACCUSED OF RACISM

CAN WE START WITH ASKING OURSELVES WHETHER WE ARE IN FACT BEING RACIST

AND CAN WE THEN PROCEED TO REALISING THAT POC KNOW MORE ABOUT RACE THAN WE DO AND WE SHOULD PROBABLY SHUT THE FUCK UP AND LET THE EXPERTS SPEAK

THEN CAN WE FINISH BY PROFOUNDLY UNDERSTANDING THAT WE SHOULD BE 100% CONCERNED ABOUT ELIMINATING ACTUAL RACISM AND 0% CONCERNED ABOUT ELIMINATING ACCUSATIONS OF RACISM.

OKAY GO