On August 11, 2017, a group of tiki-torch wielding racist people marched on the grounds of the University of Virginia. Their beef? The City of Charlottesville’s plans to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Once again, we prove that racism is alive and well in America.
See the people in this picture? These are the faces of racism today. Literally. They aren’t models. These were participants in the march on UVA in the name of white supremacy.
They aren’t wearing white robes and pointed hoods. They are dressed in polos and khakis, and look like the people you work with, run into at the grocery store, and sit next to at church.
Wondering how to identify a racist? You might not like what I have to tell you.
Most Racist People are White
People of color can have crazy ideas about white people. And yes, white people can feel prejudice from people of color.
Racism is not as simple as individual prejudice. Racism is institutional.
It is a system by which the dominant race benefits from oppressing others. It is a system where the dominant race has more power, status, and opportunity.
Racism only flows down the ladder of power with white people standing on the top. Someone on a lower rung cannot be racist toward someone above them on the ladder.
Racist People are usually Protestant “Christians”
I put the word “Christian” in quotes purposely because anyone who is a Christian (without quotes) isn’t racist.
And please be smart enough to understand that saying R\racist people are usually “Christians” is not the same as saying that all Christians are racist.
White supremacist groups such as the KKK formed in direct response to the growing power of Catholics and American Jews and a hatred of Blacks. These groups feel it is a Christian moral imperative to maintain the supremacy of white Protestants.
Racist People Think #alllivesmatter
When you respond with #alllivesmatter, what you are saying is “What about me?” “Doesn’t my life matter too?”
First of all, you are just pointing out that you are a selfish white person who thinks it is all about you.
Second, everyone knows your life matters. Everyone. White people know it. Black people know it. Mexican people know it. Everyone knows it.
They know it because YOU ARE WHITE. Your life has always mattered because of the color of your skin.
Nobody ever thought white people were non-human because of your skin color. Nobody made white people use a separate bathroom or water fountain so they couldn’t spread their cooties.
Legislation has never been passed against you because you are white.
Your life has ALWAYS mattered.
Racist People Believe “Reverse Discrimination” is Actually a Thing
Affirmative Action is not in place to give minorities an advantage over white people. It is there to give minorities an EQUAL chance with white people.
If you think white people are the victim of reverse discrimination, what you are saying is that given equal qualifications white people should be chosen over minorities.
Racist People Don’t Accept That They Have Privilege
If you are white, you have privilege. Period.
“How dare you say I’m privileged. I grew up poor.”
“I work hard to earn my money. I’m not privileged. ”
“I’m not privileged. I have suffered through (fill in the blank).”
You could be all those things, but if you are white, you are still privileged.
Because, as a white person you still come out ahead of people of color.
Particularly Black people.
Racist People Defend Confederate Symbols
Would you think it is acceptable for a person to fly a Nazi flag or have a statue of Hitler outside the county courthouse? No?
Then why do you think it is okay to fly a Confederate flag or have statues of Robert E. Lee.?
Now, I’m not saying Robert E. Lee was the first “Hitler.”
But what I am saying is that Confederate symbols like the flag and statues are just as much a symbol of racism as the swastika.
They are not an important symbol of “Southern pride.” Exactly what about the Confederacy makes you proud? Confederates were fighting to KEEP slavery. And by the way, THEY LOST! So you want to keep your Confederate flags so you can be proud of being a loser?
Confederate statues are not important pieces of our history we should fight to preserve. Their purpose, then and now, is to glorify Confederate leaders and the beliefs for which they fought. Which, by the way, was slavery and racism.
Racist People Believe the Civil War Was Not About Slavery
Racist People Believe Slaves Were Treated Well
Man. Talk about revisionist history.
Do you think Civil War was about states rights? Which “right” was The Union trying to take away from the states? The right to have slaves.
Do you think the Civil War was about property rights? You do understand that the property in question was slaves.
And you people that think your slave-owning ancestor treated their slaves kindly.
Those slaves could have spent their evenings inside, lying on a couch, eating bonbons while being fanned by their masters, and you STILL couldn’t say that was kind treatment.
Black slaves were forcibly kidnapped from their homes. Packed like sardines into the hull of a ship. And IF they managed to survive the voyage, they were separated from their families and sold to your ancestors. Then they worked for no wages until the day they died.
What exactly about that shows Southern hospitality?
Racist People Fear Sending Their Kids to “That School” With “Those Kids”
Racist people send their children to private or charter schools, or move to a different neighborhood because they don’t want them to attend “that school” with “those kids.”
They will say it is because the academics aren’t good enough or there is too much crime. But what they mean is that they do not want their kids to be in school with children of color.
Racist People Point Out Their Friends of Color
Non-racist people don’t have Black friends. They don’t have Asian friends, Jewish friends, or Mexican friends either.
They just have friends.
The race of their friends is not the defining part of their relationship. They don’t feel the need to prove to other people that they are not racist by pointing out their token friendships with people of color.
Racist People Support Trump
You can’t be a Trump supporter and claim not to be racist. Period. End of discussion. If you support a racist, then you don’t have a problem with racism.
The Huffington Post went so far as to list out 16 Examples of Donald Trump Being Racist.
I don’t need sixteen reasons to be convinced, and neither should you. You should need only one.
Donald Trump appointed Steve Bannon as one of his key advisors as the Chief White House Strategist of his administration. Steve Bannon founded Breitbart News, a website he described as “the platform for the alt-right.”
Just in case you don’t know what “alt-right” is it is white nationalism. White nationalism is the belief that white people are superior and should live separately from other races.
And if you are still not getting it, white nationalism is the modern-day Ku Klux Klan.
Trump supports known white supremacists.
You support Trump.
Therefore, you support white supremacy. Which means you are racist.
If you think otherwise, you are only fooling yourself.
I think I may be Racists?
Did you see yourself in my description of racists? Truth be told, there is at least a little racism in all of us.
What are you going to do about it?
To quote apartheid revolutionist Nelson Mandela,
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
Make an effort to LEARN about racism and to love people of color. A good place to start is to take the Raising and Advocate 101 course offered by Mamademics. You will learn the fundamentals of racism and how to become an advocate.
But more importantly, you will learn how to teach your children how to love instead of hate.