Here we are again. Hello! Sick of me yet?
Today’s moment of clarity stems from a few comments that I’ve read on various social media posts. Perhaps this will help.
“Why should I be punished for this? I’ve never owned slaves!”
That’s awesome, because I’ve never been one.
Yes, people actually say this.
White people aren’t being punished for the sins of their fathers, but they have been taking advantage of the resulting privilege (see my earlier blog about white privilege).
Realistically, nobody’s asking white people to pay a debt, in the literal sense of the word. The problem is that true equality has never existed, and black people don’t need you to write a check. We just need the same chance at success, equal wages for the same jobs, the same treatment by people of authority, fair treatment by the justice system, the same investment in our neighborhoods, to not be told that we’re ugly, to not be held to your stereotypes, to have the same value on our lives as all other human beings, irrespective of our skin tones. None of these things take anything away from white people. There’s room for everyone, but the only white people who are upset about it are the ones who are interested in oppression.
“You don’t think it’s racist that black people have their own groups and Universities? Why can’t there be groups just for white people??”
This is a favorite of mine. Let’s go point by point.
So, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were created after the end of slavery, when black people were prohibited from attending mainstream (i.e. white) universities, and fortunately, black people were dedicated to education. There are approximately 100 HBCUs in the US, and here’s a fun fact . . . educators who fled Nazi Germany in the 1920s and 1930s and sought asylum in the US were welcomed professors at HBCUs. Fast forward to today, it might be surprising to learn that about 20% of HBCU enrollment is from non-black students, and some have white student enrollments of up to 12%.
That said, while HBCUs aren’t marketed to white people, black people don’t really care if they attend. If you want to be there, we’re happy to have you. Just ask Rachel Dolezal, Howard University graduate. For the record, we invite you to reclaim her. Please!?
Similar to HBCUs, exclusively black groups (civil rights organizations, frats, sororities, social groups, etc.) were formed because black people were prohibited from joining mainstream (i.e. white) groups. Black people also have unique issues because, slavery. The NAACP was formed in the early 1900s as a civil rights organization that worked toward the advancement of “colored people.” Again, we’re not discriminating against others, but if we didn’t form our own, we would have nothing. We like to be places where we’re actually welcomed versus tolerated, so they’re comfortable for us. Our groups are all about advancement and replacing the self-esteem that we lose while matriculating in mainstream society.
The reason that the aforementioned can’t be considered racist is that they were formed by minority groups, and we are not the oppressors. They’re also very inclusive groups. (Rachel Dolezal once again comes to mind. Still waiting for white people to reclaim her)
Conversely, all of the exclusive, “rah-rah I’m white” groups that I know of have a nasty little habit of either plotting the demise of or trying to KILL black people. So, they have that going for them.
“I believe ALL lives matter, and everyone else should, too! BLM is racist!”
What’s wrong, boo boo? Do you feel threatened? Wouldn’t it be just terrible if your life were devalued? Wouldn’t it be devastating if people could just feel free to discriminate against you, solely because you’re white, without consequences? Do you believe that the admission of BLM is a symbol of “white fragility,” and to say that black lives matter not only reveals your true belief that black people do NOT deserve justice, but it also challenges everything you’ve been taught?
Whenever I hear people violently refusing to understand the BLM movement, I realize that they’re unclear on the concept and likely have trouble applying critical thinking.
In reality, all lives DO matter, but we’ve been shown that in your eyes, black lives are less important. All of our lives, we’ve been taught that white lives reign supreme, and it’s tiring. It’s coming to a head now because of our political climate, and the fact that we’re crumbling beneath a “leader” whose platform is built on a foundation of hate and fear.
Which is the perfect segue to “It’s a violation of my rights to wear a mask.”
This is the one that I really don’t understand. So . . . to what do these people attribute the thousands of deaths? As far as I’m concerned, there are a few underlying issues at play:
- If leadership isn’t wearing masks, why should I? Let’s not underestimate the importance of consistent messages from the top. The reality is that we have poor leadership who can’t set the right tone and fosters stupidity by saying things like “the more tests we administer, the more positive results we’ll have.” As if that makes any sense. I’m not even going to discuss the bleach-drinking comment.
- You’re not the boss of me! Essentially, they won’t wear masks because they are being told to do so. Entitled people HATE being told what to do, evidenced by the volume of unhinged Karens, caught on video losing their shit about being asked to mask up.
- Coronavirus is a conspiracy theory. Exactly who is executing the conspiracy? The government? I’m not sure they thought this through. From what I understand, they see themselves as bonding together against authority.
- Coronavirus doesn’t really exist. These people don’t think they know anyone who has really died of Covid-19. The unfortunate part is that the non-believers usually don’t know anyone who has died of the coronavirus until they, themselves have it and it wipes out their entire family. Some would call this Darwinism. Others might call it thinning the herd. I call it sad.
If anyone else has a good reason not to wear a mask, please leave it in the comments down below. I am truly interested.