On the one hand, it’s not necessarily individual people, but rather the systems that they benefit from and unconsciously uphold. Like, if a white person doesn’t realize the ways they benefit from white privilege and how that sustains institutional racism, then they’re part of the problem, even without realizing it. You see what I mean by that? White supremacy and structural racism don’t exist without white people. And because these are still serious issues, someone is still holding them in place and the only group of people who that could be doing that are white people.
For the people who got upset when I said “white people are the problem,” they were making it about themselves personally, but institutional racism, by definition, is about groups bigger than individuals. Anyone who is more worried about themselves and how they individually look during these discussions is dismissing the bigger, more important issue.
But I also don’t want to say “oh, well, I’m not the problem. I’m aware of my white privilege. It’s those other white people.” Just because I’m aware of my privilege doesn’t mean that it goes away. Just because I notice it doesn’t mean it suddenly doesn’t apply anymore. I’m still white. I still have a different experience. I still benefit. A system still exists which I benefit from.
Basically, when someone says, “white people are the problem,” realize that a statement like that comes from experience. We need to acknowledge and validate the existence of these experiences before we can work to change them.
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Seriously, what the police are doing is not “bad”, it’s illegal.
There is a reason why people are raging mad at this situation, and it’s because it’s a blatant violation of basic human rights.
If you don’t understand that, then you are part of the problem.
Imagine everyone who sends you anon hate as a 12 year old superwehrolock fan who didn’t get a good breakfast and can’t find any good apps for their phone. The neighborhood kid across the street doesn’t like them as anything more than a friend, and they are anxious about the 7th grade and what new challenges it will bring.
If you’re out in public and I see you’re not wearing any protective headgear does that give me the right to smash in your skull with a hammer? I mean you asked for it, since you’re not wearing something to protect your head.