I wish more White people were more open-minded enough to listen and then ask “what can i do?” rather than default to rehearsed defensive argument. Some do. More and more each time i attend a BLM rally, more White supporters and curious onlookers.
Which leads to the second point. We need more engaging Whites involved, if we hope to defeat racism. We cannot defeat racism on our own. One more supportive White is one less indifferent racist. And when it comes to race issues, Whites are far more likely to listen to their own than to one of us. When we speak up, we get that “Here goes another African American making it about race again” look of incredulity. However, the Whites who get it, can do a far better job than we can of relating it to the Whites who do not.
That’s why, as a straight Black Asian American male citizen, i speak up for gays, latinos, women, immigrants, and yes, even for Whites, because to the people who relate to me, my words carry more meaning than those they don’t identify with. It often makes me unpopular during topical conversations, but i am not here to win popularity contests. I am here to build bridges.
I do believe that White America is unfairly targeted by the social justice warrior machine. Sure, minorities are far more unfairly targeted by the mainstream and even moreso by the alt-right, and even moreso by blatant White supremacy. But that doesn’t negate the observation that many mainstream Americans are caught in the crossfire. Just bc they may not be subjected as much to police brutality, govt oppression, criminal injustice, corporate exploitation, sex trafficking, academic discrimination, etc, “not as much” is still too much.
For example, the media and the society brainwashed by it, are completely ignoring the many White families affected by the Flint water crisis. WalMart’s unfair labor practices put as many White households on Welfare as it did Black families, even moreso in the midwest. And while there are disproportionally more Blacks locked away in public and private prisons, we overlook that the benchmark of White incarcerations in America alone is still higher than the rest of the civilized nations, combined, and then some. The failures of the system makes it harder for minorities, but it doesn’t always make it easier for many Whites. The surging motivation to vote for Trump wasn’t based on pure mythology. America is crumbling apart, even for many who have enjoyed its privilege for generations.
So, my point is not to ignore or marginalize racism as we fight to make a better America. Rather, we ALL need to join forces. Police Brutality is not just a Black issue, despite what the headlines brainwash us to believe. Americans killed by police last year was in the triple digits last year, for both Blacks and Whites. Instead of divisively arguing over who has it worse, we should be uniting behind the fact that such killings are barely double- or single-digits in other societies, if not non-existent. The same for mass incarceration.
UNITED States of America. The secret to our success of our nation is plainly spelled out in its name. When more White people show up at #BLMrallies than Blacks, social justice will start to happen. Fuck alienation. Fuck contempt. Fuck anything that keeps us divided.