We talk about Black poverty, Black unemployment, Black crime, and public policies for Blacks. We rarely, however, talk about the gains whites receive from the troubles experienced by Blacks. Only when the diverging fates of Black and white Americans are considered together-within the same analytic framework-will it be possible to move beyond the current stale debate over how to transform the American color line.
In our view, the persistence of racial inequality stems from the long-term effects of labor market discrimination and institutional practices that have created cumulative inequalities by race. The result is a durable pattern of racial stratification. Whites have gained or accumulated opportunities, while African Americans and other racial groups have lost opportunities-they suffer from disaccumulation of the accoutrements of economic opportunity. Rather than investigating racial inequality by focusing on individual intentions and choices, we concentrate on the relationship between white accumulation and black and Latino disaccumulation.
Michael K. Brown et. al, Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society (via wretchedoftheearth)
That’s another problem with my classes. We always talk about racism in terms of deficits in regards to people of color, but we rarely talk about the benefits white people get because of these deficits.
Let’s talk about being underpaid for work, and passed up for promotion, and who gets that money…
Where do the bus lines go? Who gets regular service, who gets their public transportation cut off?
Let’s talk about schools within the same school district, and who gets money spent on which schools, and which places students are left to rot…
Let’s talk about hospitals and clinics and basic health care services and where the money goes…
Who is protected by police, and who needs protection FROM police?
Basically, any point when there IS a public service, that the money and the resources are NOT spread equally, but funneled to some at the cost of others.
This is how the robbery is normalized. Continuous robbery leaves some folks dirt poor, and then suddenly, “Oh you’re lazy, you WANT to be poor!” etc. is the line thrown at people.
And it’s so obvious when it comes to a position where a brown person gets a job, or gets into a university and some white person doesn’t - whereas before the excuse of all these hard working people being poor was their laziness, but now their success is only because someone gave them a handout, because you can’t imagine ANY POSSIBLE WORLD in which you’re not more qualified than every other person of color?!?
This is why the term “white privilege" belongs in the garbage.
Let this sink in…Racists (White Supremacists) have purposefully and maliciously constructed AND currently maintain a system to ensure non-white suffering and to feed their gross OVER-consumption.
If you’re going to talk about Racism, let’s talk about all the things you are DOING to ensure it’s existence and how you’re going to stop. What Racists (White Supremacists) get as a result of raping, murdering, robbing will cease when Racists (White Supremacists) cease being Racists.
Look at this WHITE MAN in all of his privilege! He gets clothes, his dog, and look at those shoes he has on! Some people can’t even afford shoes! HE IS WHITE, MALE, AND HE HAS LIFE SOOOO EASY
The reblogged quote above is an example of how a person who classifies himself or herself as “white” may use a Racist (White Supremacist) strategy called “White Sacrifice”. Usually, these types of statements are an attempt to give the impression that since there are people who classify themselves as “white”, and who are also “homeless”, that either they too suffer from a global system of oppression like Racism (White Supremacy) or that Racism (White Supremacy) does not exist because there are suffering people within all racial classifications. However, either assertion, whether implied or explicit, is patently false. There is indeed a system of Racism (White Supremacy). Non-white people are the sole victims of that system and people who classify themselves as “white” are the primary beneficiaries of the system (regardless if they are admitted Racists or not).
"White Sacrifice" is a compensatory term, introduced by author and attempted counter-racist scientist Neely Fuller Jr. It simply means that Racists (White Supremacists) will deliberately call attention to whatever perceived suffering a comparatively few people, who are classified as "white", experience rather than the massive number of non-white people who are suffering due to Racism (White Supremacy). The examples given are not anything like being a lifelong Victim of Racism, dominated in every major area of people activity.
There is no other group of individuals on the planet who are dominating and mistreating all other groups in all major areas of activity except people who classify themselves as “white” and who also function as Racists (White Supremacists). To assert anything else is either confusion or unadulterated deception. Keep in mind that Racists (White Supremacists) are very adept at both fomenting confusion and practicing deception.
For example, the consistent use of the term “white privilege”,which is promoted heavily by refined Racists (White Supremacists), helps obscure the reality of Racism (White Supremacy) and its praxis of vicious and relentless domination. That’s why the term “white domination”, would be more accurate in this context. It has never been about what benefits one receives just by virtue of being born. And it’s certainly not about whether there are a few people who classify themselves as “white” who are so bereft they fail to flourish in a global system designed to benefit them. It is about, however, what Racists (White Supremacists) are doing and not doing in order to ensure the permanent domination of all people who they say are not “white”.
Anywhere in the world you will find massive numbers of starving, ill, impoverished, terrorized, dis-educated non-white people. Meanwhile, energy and local resources are being siphoned away by Racists (White Supremacists) and countless drugs, guns, and ammunition are curiously finding their ways into the hands of nonwhite people all over the world. What’s also true is that for every “homeless” white man or woman you’ll find exponentially more so who are non-white. This isn’t a contest. Rather than pointing out random “homeless” people who classify themselves as “white” to deny the existence of Racism (White Supremacy), why not just attempt to produce a planet where no person is mistreated and people who need the most help get the most constructive help they need?
Code Suggestion: Avoid the use of the term “White Privilege”. It serves to obscure the fact that the system of Racism (White Supremacy) requires focused and deliberate behavior and is not simply about various characteristics with which one is born.
Explanation: The system of Racism (White Supremacy) is a global and behavioral system that involves the active mistreatment of non-white people in all nine major areas of people activity (economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex, and war). This means that people who classify themselves as “white” and who practice Racism (White Supremacy) must actively think, speak, and behave in certain ways to ensure nonwhite people are mistreated and dominated all around the world.
People who classify themselves as “white” are not passive beneficiaries of Racism (White Supremacy). People who classify themselves as “white” often deny the existence of Racism (White Supremacy) or focus on everything they get as a result of mistreating nonwhite people. This is incorrect. The focus should be on stopping the behavior that maintains the system of Racism (White Supremacy) and forming real plans and using truthful language that help dismantle the system.
Focusing on privileges rather than behavior (domination/deception/violence) causes confusion. This confusion is why people are attaching the term privilege to almost any perceived advantage that a person may have but has done nothing to obtain. So you will see people saying a person who can see has sighted privilege or a black male (despite high incarceration, police brutality, dis-education, poverty, etc) are now described as having male privilege, a black female watching her loved ones floating away during Hurricane Katrina because of her geographical location could be described as having so-called Western privilege. This is simply a deceptive technique to deflect attention away from the countless malicious activities that people who classify themselves as “white” must do in order to maintain the global system of mistreatment called Racism (White Supremacy). The use of the term “White Privilege” helps reinforce this deception. It also helps to keep non-white people focused on each other rather than “The Problem”, which is Racism (White Supremacy) and the people who operate it (Racist Man and Racist Woman).
There needs to be a serious investigation as to why there is such rampant drug and alcohol abuse in white culture, both prescription and so-called illicit drugs. From meth to vicoden, so many people are incapable of getting through the day completely sober.
Yet, the prisons are filled with black and non-white people convicted of non-violent drug crimes, some of whom may be there based on falsified evidence.
Isn’t it obvious to everyone now that the so-called war on drugs is really a war on non-white people?
Replace White Supremacy with Justice!
I think it’s significant the person in question who used her so-called white privilege on behalf of a Victim of Racism actually has a non-white attempted parent. It’s important not to view Ms. DeGruy’s “sister-in-law” as typical. Based on evidence, most people who classify themselves as white have proven that they are not willing to end dominating or mistreating non-white people on the basis of color (or factors related to color). Most people who are capable of functioning as a Racist (White Supremacist) do choose to function as one.
Nonetheless, this video shows how there is an expectation by people, who classify themselves as white and practice Racism, for all other white people to think, speak, and act in accordance with Racist code. And evidence suggests that most of them meet that expectation otherwise this system would not and could not exist.
Joy DeGruy in Cracking the Codes: Understanding the System
In this story from Cracking the Codes: Understanding the System, a film from World Trust, author and educator Joy DeGruy shares how her sister-in-law uses her white privilege to stand up to systemic inequity. For more information on this film project, go to www.world-trust.org.
Racism (White Supremacy) is the predominant problem on this planet. No other problem can be solved until the problem of Racism (White Supremacy) is solved. Victims of Racism should keep their eyes on “the problem” and avoid all other distractions.
Occupy White Supremacy
Robert Jensen, “The Color of the Race Problem Is White”
Description from the Video: In The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois suggested that the question white people so often want to ask black people is, How does it feel to be a problem? This program turns the tables and recognizes some simple facts: Race problems have their roots in a system of white supremacy. White people invented white supremacy. Therefore, the color of the race problem is white. White people are the problem. White people have to ask ourselves: How does it feel to be a problem?