Before I get into this blog, lemme just say for the last time this week: I’M SO EXCITED THAT MY PRESIDENT IS HALF WHITE! Ok, whew, I feel alot better now just getting that out. What? You didn’t notice that Barack Obama is half white? Really? Oh you obviously have been caught up in all the false media hype about him being Black. You silly people with all your talk of history crap.
Oh yeah, the blog…
Ok so for the last few days I’ve been running into a rash of discussions on race on this site and quite a few others. It would appear that alot of our White brothers and sisters are a little disturbed by the events of January 20th concerning President Obama. Now I don’t know if their thoughts represent a minority of White people, but it would seem that some of them are having a problem with all this racial stuff, racial talk, and history. I mean, all of a sudden I’m hearing talk about is being even since we have a Black president; stuff like no more excuses for Black people; racism is dead; we’re a new country now; yadda yadda yadda. I mean suddenly in the age of Obama, White folks are experts on racism.
As much as I would love to go into disproving them with statistics and data, instead I’ll go another route. You see, the problem is simple: WHITE PRIVILEGE. Yup, White privilege affords you the ability to say stuff like that. I mean, if you were not the majority, and have been subjected to years of documented overt as well as subtle racism (just the thought of racism being subtle is kinda funny almost like racism lite) I seriously doubt you’d think that way. Now before moving along, its important to understand that White Privilege has nothing to do with wealth and riches, or having it easy in life. No it doesn’t because if that were the case, there would be no “You Might Be A Redneck” jokes.
You see, White privilege has to do with the tenets of White Supremacy. Sure, you as a white person may not wake up in the morning intent on spraying water hoses at Black people or accusing unsuspecting middle eastern airline passengers of being terrorists. But trust me, just like we as Black people (and other minorities) have been indoctrinated and conditioned to hate ourselves? You White people have had just the opposite. You see, while treating other people like shit, you because of the color of your skin have subconsciously developed a sense of entitlement which has been ingrained into our American cultural experience.
Entitlement to what? I don’t know, but if you can find a living Native American with a tear running down his cheek maybe you’ll understand. Oh and just in case you do find Sitting Bull, its important to understand that he’s not crying because you litter and destroy our ecology. Bottom line: throughout the years you guys have gotten to love yourselves a lil bit too much to the point where you don’t even notice what’s going on around you because, well…its your privilege.
Ok, so I know what you’re thinking…
Fuckin RiPPa is a racist son of a bitch!
I understand, White Privilege will cause you to think like that. No seriously, it does.
It will have you thinking that Black people are racist because they think their race is the master race of the world. Yup, and in thinking that, fear sets in and you seek to protect what’s yours from those racist Black people like me who have everything because they pretty much run everything in this country.
But anyway, since I’m Black and obviously you think I’m racist or biased and full of shit. Allow me to introduce you to a man who is able to break this all down to bring some understanding. His name is Tim Wise, and yes he’s White. I figured the only way you may be able to understand any of this is if you hear it from a White guy. I mean after all, when people like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Rev Jeremiah Wright etc. speak on stuff like this, you don’t take them seriously. The following video is a condensed version of a lecture he did called….
THE PATHOLOGY of WHITE PRIVILEGE
Its kind of long; actually about 57 minutes. And yeah I know how impatient some of you can be around here and refuse to click links or look at videos. Thats cool. But if you truly wanna gain some understanding as to how and why White Privilege affects even White people, you’ll take the time to watch it; if not now hopefully when you have some time; I promise you, it is well worth it. So, I’ll stop for now. Watch the video, and then go run tell your friends; send them a link to this, or link to it yourself; the more the merrier. Hell have them come back to this blog and watch it or even leave a comment on it. Seriously, leave a comment. Even if its negative I won’t hold it against you. I won;t because I’ll be of the understanding that you can do that because of….
In all seriousness, I understand and realize that this isn’t something that some of you are ready or maybe even capable of dealing with. But its important that if we’re in a “post racial” society and all, we should at least be able to have an honest discussion on this.