September 5th, 2019

Hermione not amused

Dear fellow white people:

The difference between racism against people of color and “racism” against white people is this: Racism against people of color gets people killed, ruins lives, costs people their jobs, fills their every day with fear for the future, and costs people their freedom in many ways (including but not limited to being convicted of a crime they didn’t commit just because racist white people can’t be bothered to tell people of color apart from one another). It gets their problems ignored because nobody in a position of power cares about their struggles. The smallest of racist words contribute to the fear and the violence of their daily lives.

Whereas “racism” against white people just hurts some people’s feelings once in a while. There are literally no other consequences. At all. You’re not going to lose your job because someone doesn’t like that you’re white. Your life and the lives of your family and friends are not going to be under threat because someone made a joke about you being white. You’re not going to be mistaken for some white criminal and thrown in prison, convicted, even possibly given the death penalty while all your pleas of innocence are ignored, (or just straight up killed before you could be taken into custody just because of your skin color) because you happen to be white. If you’re poor, it has nothing to do with the fact that you’re white (I know, I *am* an impoverished white person). You’re not going to get captured by ICE and crammed in a tiny, overcrowded cell to possibly catch deadly diseases, because you’re white. (Unless you get mistaken for a person of color.) You’re not going to be deported to a country you’ve never been to and couldn’t even locate on a map because you’re white.

This is why we need a different term for “racism” against white people. Because it is not at all the same thing. Nowhere even close. Because nothing anyone says against you because you’re white is ever going to have any impact on your life beyond maybe your feelings getting hurt, because they have no power over you. Racism is only racism if the person being racist has the power of a racist system behind them to oppress you. Otherwise it’s just someone venting their spleen against their oppressors. (If it helps you understand, then in those last two sentences, replace “oppressor” with “abuser.” Because oppression is to abuse as genocide is to murder.)

So suck it up, buttercup, and stop calling it racism if a person of color doesn’t like you because you’re white. Because nothing they say can ever do more than hurt your feelings. And if your feelings are hurt by someone not liking you because - being white - you look like one of their oppressors/abusers, then either start dedicating your life to trying to improve their situation, or shut the fuck up.

*mic drop*

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