I know, it’s hard to think about, but we have to. As white people, we have to take a serious, hard look at our white privilege.
So, this is not a conversation starter for anyone not ready or willing to let go of their pride, privilege and comfort.
This is not for anyone not willing to listen.
This is simply not for anyone not ready to examine their own white privilege, so, if this is you, please stop reading now and come back when you’re ready. And I say that with the utmost love and respect for who you are and where you are in your journey. I don’t want to offend or anger anyone, but I’m feeling very offended and angry this week due to you-know-who’s latest Twitter rant, and the conversations he’s started about racism.
This is for anyone who’s ready to have a real conversation about race, racism, white supremacy and our (white people) complicity and complacency with this deep seeded evil.
I feel compelled to respond to the most recent racist and xenophobic attack on (specifically) four US Representatives, and thus (generally) all People of Color (POC) by this sitting President. At the Tuesday evening Press Conference, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said “I am not surprised by the rhetoric” this President uses.
Nor am I.
It should not surprise any of us any more.
His actions and his policies, and his propensity toward inflammatory speech have not changed since long before he decided to run for President. Why should any of us be surprised by his most recent Tweets and racist language? And let’s get real about what to call it: Racist and xenophobic.
Yes, I’ve read the offensive tweets, and I can certainly understand how white people who’ve never been told to “go back to where you came from” can argue that there’s nothing racist in these words, however, racism is at the very heart of this message. The message is right out of the white supremacy playbook, and we cannot be fooled by the carefully scripted tweets, arguments, and excuses of racists. Language has always been the primary tool of every Nationalist group whose agenda is to control, incite, and instill fear both within their own group and those targeted as “outsiders.”
This President is a racist.
There, I’ve said it. It’s harsh and sounds awful. So do his tweets. His tweets and statements are harsh, awful, insensitive, vulgar, sexist, and a host of other negative things none of us wants to be labeled, most of all racist. White people will often say things that are insensitive, unaware of the harm their words have on POC. I’m guilty of this. When a non-racist person becomes aware of it they change their language and behavior, and hopefully also apologize. Clearly we have seen this President’s racist behavior over and over again. Frankly, I’ve had enough!
Representative John Lewis said it best in his speech before the House voted on a resolution condemning Trump’s racist tweets, “As a nation and as a people we need to go forward not backward.”
So what else can we do about it? How do we respond to this latest attack, this latest effort to sow more seeds of hatred, fear, and violence, and how can we change the direction of white supremacy here in the US and around the world?
Read, discuss, explore, examine, contemplate, pray, reflect, and share. Share your insight and experiences. Share your thoughts, fears, and ideas. Share your hopes for a better way forward, together. Share it here in the comments below and/or on your own social media platform.
Above all, call it for what it is when you see it, hear it, or feel it. Call out those who use such offensive language. And don’t be afraid to challenge the systems and structures that prevent us all from growing in love and respect.