The single most effective way to fight racism is for white people to challenge it at the source. Yes, that means in your neighborhoods, churches, events, etc.
White people constantly tell us how courages we all need to be and FIGHT TOGETHER, but that usually results in them hiding behind us when the cops come or not saying anything when a racist family member goes in on a friend, lover, etc.
White 'progressives' want us to BRAVE, but when the same is expected of them, they vanish.
And let's be real. Racists and bigot know most white people are cowards when it comes to dealing with racism. They know most white people aren't going to say shit when the get loud and hateful.
That's why this shit continues. That's why racists officials keep winning elections and setting policy that hurts all of us.
Every time there is a racist gathering, white folks should be mobilizing to counteract to reduce the harm it cause and not let them control the narrative.
But they don't.
White people want to blame us for 'not voting in numbers', but of the white people that can vote, the majority either don't or vote for racists.
When white folks see racist shit happening, they want us to be the BIGGER PERSON, but they just sit there and cower.
White people want us to protest with them, but when the cops show up, they vanish and leave us to get the brunt of consequences for standing up to injustice.
Racism is an issue that can be dealt with. White folks just choose not to.
i'm trying to push the idea that, in a protest where riot cops are involved, when tear gas starts flying, all of the white people should *run toward* the cops. it seems counter-intuitive, but with lots of white people, i'm sure it'll scare the shit out of the cops. with any luck, it'll put the tear gas behind the people running toward the cops too.
I'm not questioning the importance and legitimacy of challenging racists but I have to ask: if we're also marginalized on other intersections (I'm trans and disabled) can we use these same tactics without being too much in danger? Because a racist person is usually a bigot in plenty of other ways.
@genderlessmenace666 When it comes to your safety, use your best judgment, i.e. don't be like me and try to fight a crowd of racists in a country bar. Pick your battles because knowing when to push back is important as well.
And I think you'd be better served to ask someone who can relate to your situation being trans and disabled because I can't give you an honest answer because I am unfamiliar with that experience, so I'm not in a great position to give you relevant advice.
okay, thank you... I try to be one of the "good ones" and call it as I see it but I have to think in terms of self-preservation, too.
@genderlessmenace666 Oh yeah, we all do. Every situation entails a bit of risk assessment.
Let's use sexism as an example. I can push it a little bit because I know most dudes don't want to get physical with another dude, so I tend to lean more on speaking up instead of not saying anything because privilege as a dude affords me that luxury.
In your case I can't advise that b/c it can get dangerous when you're by yourself.
Definitely be safe! But safe chances to speak exist.
GOBS of racism happens in white-only spaces, without cops or PoC around. Where racists think they're with folks who think like them.
Practice in a mirror. Seriously. Having "WTF did you say?" and "Racist much?" on tap is very handy, lets me assemble more specific words without letting the moment escape.
Each time gets easier.
And the look on their face, when they realize they've been caught, is precious!
I was really convicted about the role white people *still* have in voter suppression after what happened with Stacey Abrams in GA. The status quo is NOT OK, and those of us with a voice need to use it to call for change.
You are right- it is not enough for me to reject racist mindsets, rhetoric, tropes and ways of thinking if I am not doing anything to dismantle racist systems.
@Are0h I'm white as all fuck, but I've lived through this nightmare too. Two police officers came after me one time and while I asked questions in order to try to determine what the problem was and what my rights actually were in that situation.
Meanwhile, a supposed friend stood by and did nothing. Afterwards, as I gathered more information, I found out that my rights were indeed violated, but the people who could've stopped them did nothing.
@KitsuneAlicia All I'm getting from this is you were questioned by police and your friends waited while you were doing that.
@Are0h Sorry for not making it clear enough. My mind's having trouble focusing atm.
The police came after me to take me away. "Involuntary commitment" or whatever. *I* was the one asking questions, and I wasn't getting any answers, either.
@Are0h As an aside, the cops gave me non-answers and constantly worked to escalate the situation in order to drive me into submission.
I also fully admit that the only reason I'm alive today is because I'm white as all fuck, though I'm pretty sure the fact that I'm trans played a role in how rough they actually ended up being.
@KitsuneAlicia I'm not going to downplay what you went through because it seems like it was an ordeal for you, but this is pretty mild from my perspective.
@Are0h Oh, yes, I'm sure it was mild by comparison. Like I said, the only reason I'm alive and relatively unharmed is because I'm white as fuck. My apologies for forgetting the latter half of that.
It's precisely because I know it's mild that I won't do what my friend did. It did hurt, and I know it can get worse, so I want to make sure it never comes to even what little I experienced.
@KitsuneAlicia That's fair.
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