No I am not sitting around and reading Pork while wearing a shitty fake “native american headdress” with a bindi on my forehead and “wite powr” tattooed across my knuckles.
However, I am white. This means I benefit from whiteness, no matter what I do. This means I contribute to the system of whiteness, no matter what I do. I was born and bred and raised and fed by whiteness. I was taught to love my white skin and white body and all I see when I open a book or magazine or turn on a tv or the computer are white skinned bodies or whitewashed bodies. And I don’t have to be a white suprematist to be racist. All I have to be is white.
I am inherently racist.
Racism isn’t just waking up one day and saying to yourself “I’m gonna go be a shithead”
(although thats what whiteness/white culture/white media/so on and so forth basically did and does)
because racism is so much more than that.
I wont ever ever ever ever ever ever EVER experience racism, nor will you, fellow white folks. The closest we’ll get is being disliked. And aren’t we lucky that all we have to do is open a book/magazine, turn on a tv, look at an ad, turn off the computer or walk away, and then life is a-okay again?!
This doesn’t mean we can’t have shitty lives
This does however mean that we are inherently racist.
Fellow white folks.
We wont ever experience racism.
So why the fuck are we sitting around telling PoC what is and isn’t racism?
Or if we are or aren’t racist.
Or that being a housewife makes us not racist.