I’m not going to sit here and act like we are at all living in a post-racist utopia. Racism goes on and on and on and on. Some people say it is human nature or whatever, but I think it all has to deal with your mindset as well as your basic perception of reality. I can understand when PoC say things like “you can’t be racist towards whites,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean I agree with it. A lot of that rhetoric breaks down to the semantics of different definitions and whether or not it is “white-defined,” but hey… we speak English, a western European language and ergo, everything is going to be “white-defined” if you really think about it.
What bothers me is that people continue to hate so vehemently and then try to pass the buck as if they are somehow justified in being an asshole for the simple fact that fair-skinned people have been fucking shit up for people with higher melanin counts since we could cognitively see some sort of difference between shades of pigment. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Humanist or a devout whatever, I think people could be more productive if they just fucking loved one another.
Holding onto your roots and not completely assimilating is important in the US, but it has its limitations. I live in a mixed and very diverse community in Southern California. The problem I see and have seen my whole life is that people live in their niche, pocket, bubble communities and get this false sense of security from constantly being around people of the same culture. That isn’t negating the ghettoization of certain ethnicities, but some people move into mixed areas and still only associate with people who are of the same background. When you are white though and you live around non-whites then you learn a ton about humility as much as you do about humiliation. But let’s put the shoe on the other foot for a second before I expand on that.
Let me just say that I love Donald Glover for many reasons, but I think he voices the opinion of most people of my generation. I’m not African American and yet I relate heavily to what he talks about in his stand up, in his lyrics as Childish Gambino and so on. Especially when he talks about being the only Black kid in an all white school. I was the only Jew in 90% Catholic/Christian schools for large portions of my K-12 education and the thing I love about him describing his experience is when he talks about how the majority expects you to be some sort of a spokesperson for your culture or because you’re an anomaly to them then you have to contend with a plethora of dumb questions. People don’t seem to think it is important to educate themselves about others and I guess this just all boils down to education and awareness on the part of everyone.
Getting back to niche communities though, once those kids could actually socialize with someone who was real and not just a caricature on TV then a normalization took place and the differences didn’t matter that much. The first time you see a deer, it is sort of magical in its lack of commonality. Yet if you live in an area populated with deer then it isn’t really a big deal. If we all socialized more and didn’t cut ourselves off from each other then there wouldn’t be some many cultural divides. I love Black culture and learning about it can be eye opening, because it reflects on every other culture that makes up the population of the States. I watched Chris Rock’s Good Hair, which really made me reevaluate where my own aesthetics towards hair and skin color come from.
Anyway, when I see posts on here about a lot subjects but especially this and even Rape Culture then I get utterly frustrated with what feels like a double standard. I’m white and male in the eyes of your average passerby, but I’m not white to most white people and yet that isn’t good enough for some people or it can’t give them enough insight as to how I might empathize with them. Profiling works in multiple ways, right? The frustration comes from being lumped in with all the negative aspects that relate to what I look like to you. I’m either demonized for being born into being white or male and this isn’t a boo hoo, it’s not fair, reverse racism-rant as much as this is me saying hey, you win more flies with honey, honey.
We all need to strap on our abstract reasoning caps and view the world from another’s guise. I don’t understand why people who complain about one group being so hateful can turn around and basically be the same way.
Where the fuck is Cthulu to cleanse the planet already?
Yes, Lovecraft was a racist. I give up… I’m tired .