The Day I Started To Acknowledge Systemic Racism
This is a useful comic illustrating a conversation between a White male artist, Nathan W. Pyle, and a Black journalist, Ashley Ford. Part of White privilege is not being forced to see systemic racism on a daily basis. It takes something like Ferguson and police brutality to bring this to the surface. “I have never seen poison in the water before today.”
3 thoughts on “The Day I Started To Acknowledge Systemic Racism”
Wow!! That is an interesting way to make the point.
Agreed, such a clever comic, Joey Brockert!
David Hight Are you one of the “good” White people who wants to see racism end, but you feel a need to police how people of colour experience and make sense of racism? So people of colour can only discuss racism in ways that make good White people like yourself feel safe and secure that they are not racist?
Asking for anti-racism language to make White people feel good about themselves is a racist practice. This is about White people wanting their Whiteness validated. White people who truly want to work towards the end of racism listen to people of colour, rather than tell them how to communicate anti-racism.
You do not understand this concept of White privilege, which I write about extensively here and elsewhere. Since you don’t follow nor read my research, it might be prudent to actually seek education on this topic than assert your Whiteness on this page, dedicated to women of colour. White privilege is a social science concept that is empirically studied and used in anti-racism projects (http://goo.gl/J2tHf0). White privilege is about the additional benefits that all White people have, without exception. They are about not having to face racism as part of daily life. That is, not being the target of systematic oppression of people of colour that affects health, life outcomes, employment, representation in the media, and so on. Your point of view and your life outcomes are already validated by the existing social system, but the concept of White privilege frightens you so much you felt the need to troll my feed. You may wish to reflect on what really motivates your comments. Here’s a hint: it is not about the end of racism.
This will shock you, but people of colour also face life adversities, as do White individuals. Racism and other forms of discrimination happen to minorities on top of personal problems. People of colour are people too – life is hard, but racism makes things even harder. White people who think that people of colour should just “have to deal with” racism and inequality, as you’ve said here, are not supporting the end of racism, but perpetuating racism. As for why “good” White men such as yourself feel the need to express their outrage about White privilege, read Michael Kimmel’s research (http://goo.gl/Qok4zx).
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