and if any of you white people respond with “wait but I didn’t do that. that was in the past”
i need you to check your privilege
and then drink bleach if you think your hands aren’t dirty
Guilt doesn’t transfer from generation to generation. I am not magically accountable for something my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather MIGHT have done. Also;
>social justice blogger >telling people to kill themselves
I love that there’s a blog called “this is white culture” that is solely devoted to bad things white people did, not their cultures at all. So I guess I can make a blog called “this is black culture” and post gang and crime records and that’s 100% okay. Or “this is Muslim culture” and make it all about terrorism.
But wait, you cry. Not all black people are criminals and not all Muslims are terrorists. That’s unfair! And racist!
WELL GOLLY GEE DO YOU THINK SO? Because saying that all white people are responsible for the Atlantic slave trade sounds pretty racist to me, given that, you know, that was between the African slaveholders and the British and Americans and had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with my ancestors, who were incredibly poor farmers and serfs from Ireland and Lithuania who had to flee to America at around the turn of the century (by which time slavery had already been abolished in the US) because they were being treated like slaves. Even if they had been living in America at the time when slavery was legal they wouldn’t have been able to afford a slave; in fact they probably would have been working with them in the fields and treated about the same, since the first slaves in America were actually white serfs. But please, tell me more about how dirty my hands are because of circumstances surrounding my birth that I could not control and continue to treat me differently based on the color of my skin without actually knowing anything about my heritage, I’m sure that isn’t racist at all!
Ah, my favorite kind of post (sarcasm). A bunch of white people congratulating themselves on how *not racist* they are while making wildly racist statements about ‘black culture’ being equated to gang violence and ‘Muslim culture’ being terrorism (P.S. avalonroselin, Muslim is not a race, it’s a religion????)
First off, let me just say that when saying that ‘white culture’ does not exist in the way that above posters are claiming that it does. This is white culture. Sure, there is German culture, Swedish culture, French culture, etc etc… There is region-specific culture, obviously. But when we are talking about whiteness, we are discussing a social construct that put white people, regardless of nationality, in a place of social hierarchy and supremacy above men and women of color.
And no, you yourself did not personally bring black people over to America, and hell maybe your ancestors didn’t even, but guess what? It doesn’t fucking matter because you still benefit from white privilege that was set in motion by white people across the board for hundreds of years. It’s like the child of a rich investor who is left a large inheritance saying “I’m not rich, I didn’t do any of the work to get this money.” No, but you inherited it. And guess what, fellow white people? Unfortunately, this is our shitty inheritance - a system that upholds whiteness and white privilege and holds black people (and other PoC) in oppression and disadvantage.
So no, our generation did not set the ball rolling, but it should our responsibility to make a change, not to be in denial and try to wipe our hands of ‘white culture’ while still benefiting from the system. And until you realize that, you are part of the problem.
bold is mine for fucking emphasis