Arn't I A Woman?: Reverse Racism: For White People, By White People

Lisa

Lisa
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Dec 10, 2011

Reverse Racism: For White People, By White People



Here’s the bottom line: you can be discriminated against because you are white, just like you can be discriminated against for ANY quality, characteristic, or trait on an individual or institutional level. You can NOT be the recipient of racism if you are white. This offends almost every white person I have ever spoken to about the matter. Whites want to co-opt racism and make it their own.  Why they are so hell bent on insisting that they, too, experience racism I believe has a direct correlation to their understanding, or lack there of, of their White privilege. Here is the difference between racism and discrimination: racism explicitly relies on an institutional (not individual) position of power. It is systemic discrimination. You being called a cracker is not racist. If anything, it is a reaction to racism experienced from a culture that positions White at the top of our social hierarchy. It is another way to sweep under the rug the real issues of race we have in our society and culture. Reverse racism tries to make the colonizer the colonized, the perpetrator the victim. The theory of reverse racism is racist. When half of the White male population is imprisoned, when whites are followed in stores on suspicions of theft, when White people experience racial profiling, we could maybe begin to talk about how whites experience racism. Until then, I think it is important to really understand what we are talking about when we discuss issues of race. It doesn’t mean you might not experience something negative because you are white. It just means it isn’t racism. 

3 comments:

  1. i get your point, and under your definition of racism, you're right. but until you grow up as a white kid in nearly all-minority hoods, being white is about the worst thing you can be. whether you call it reverse-racism, or race-related hate, it ain't no fun...

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  2. right, but that is an individual experience and it is important to avoid using anecdotal evidence when talking about these issues on a macro-level. but i appreciate your comment!

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  3. for some reason i am just now getting around to reading this. but i'm going to do so. and i'm going to do my best to keep up with it.

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Sojourner Truth

Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that 'twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's all this here talking about?

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?

Then they talk about this thing in the head; what's this they call it? [member of audience whispers, "intellect"] That's it, honey. What's that got to do with women's rights or negroes' rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn't you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?

Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain't got nothing more to say.

Sojourner Truth

Delivered 1851 at the Women's Convention

Akron, Ohio