African and Mexican people in America understand what (white welfare is)? its 5 white cops against one Mexican in front of his family white supremacy police enforcement dedicate their lives toward genocide against people of color 24 hours a day 7 days a weekps; you can hear the white refined racist police officer tell her he’s the victim he’s the one that is bleeding and she should feel sad for him and identify with him as a victim while her husband is dying brutally murdered in front of her and her daughters face (white people to the rescue) is the worst trick ever played on people color
My great-grandfather could, and did, pass for white. His only son, my grandfather, was darker and couldn’t. My grandfather told me a story of his youth that must have taken place in 1938 or 1939 in Jim Crow Louisiana. He accompanied his daddy on one of his jobs hauling things. My great-grandfather went in the front of the business as a white man. They sent his “boy” (my grandfather) around back. My grandfather waited in the back, alone. His father, whom he was named after, let these people think that his only beloved son was no relation to him to preserve the lie of his whiteness. Because his whiteness helped him provide for his dark housekeeper wife, and his only son, my great-grandfather gave up part of who he was in order to survive in a world that was turned against him.
I used to straighten my hair. It was not out of an attempt to become white. It was an attempt to be invisible. My nappy hair is the most prominently identifying of my ethnic features. When my hair is straight I am confused for Latino, Vietnamese, Pacific Islander, sometimes even Italian. I have never said that I am anything other than what I am. But I have seen differences in how I am treated that cannot be entirely imaginary.
Note: Anecdotes about people who are officially classed as “non-white” yet function as “white” are always interesting because they reveal that being “white” is functional rather than exclusively based on genetics or ancestry.There is a sizable number of non-white people who may be able to function as “white” but choose not to do so and while they may be mistaken as “white” at first glance their functioning soon tells the story. If the author’s great-grandfather had not made the expedient choice and refused to send his son to the back, the revelation of his black ancestry would have been unavoidable. Of course, his ability to function as “white” would have then damaged his ability to provide for his attempted family. “Whiteness” is predicated on unjustly inhibiting and mistreating non-white people. Non-white people do the math and do their best to navigate in this system and cannot be blamed for these kinds of hard choices. The Racists (White Supremacists) who force people to make these kind of decisions and produce the conditions where they are necessary are most to blame.
"Whiteness" is a political class that grants exclusive benefits for those who are members and who will agree to function in a certain way. And this certain way involves the global mistreatment and dominance of those who are classed as non-white, in all major areas of people activity (economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and war).
That said, the heartfelt essay quoted above, is well-worth the read. In addition to the social phenomenon known as “passing” it also deals with “stop-and-frisk” and anti-blackness.