Stuff White People Say

July 27, 2008

“What is a white anti-racist?”

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Restructure said:
“I think the average white person, even maybe the average white antiracist, doesn’t care if their thinking is deformed and their picture of the world is distorted. This deformed and distorted reality has worked for the average white person for such a long time that it’s considered a valid perception, and that the view that argues that the white view is deformed/distorted is “just another point of view”.”

*Workshop Definition*
“White Supremacy is an historically based, institutionally perpetuated system of exploitation and
oppression of continents, nations, and peoples of color by white peoples
and nations of the European continent, for the purpose of maintaining and
defending a system of wealth, power, and privilege.
I. What does it mean to say it is a system?
The most common mistake people make when they talk about racism is
to think it is a collection of prejudices and individual acts of
discrimination. They do not see that it is a system, a web of
interlocking, reinforcing institutions: economic, military, legal,
educational, religious, and cultural. As a system, racism affects every
aspect of life in a country.”

The question: Can somebody white with a deformed and distorted reality be anti-racist? I think, no.

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5 Comments »

  1. Restructure, if the average White anti-racist doesn’t care if their thinking is deformed and that their picture of the world is distorted then what is all the stuff about Whiteness, White Privilege and White anti-racism itself all about? Seems to me the very foundation of those considerations are about examining the deformed and distorted views Whites have come to have.

    We can argue about the depth to which the average White anti-racist or White person who feels the need to look more closely at Whiteness go in exploring said “deformed and distorted” views and even which views the consider “deformed” or “distorted” but I don’t think it’s accurate to say that, on some level, said White anti-racist, even average White anti-racists don’t care about their perceived “deformed” and “distorted” views.

    As for you question, it’s way too loaded and stacked for it to be an legitimate question and the simple fact that the study or consideration Whiteness, White Privilege, etc. exists betrays your idea about who cares…

    Comment by nquest2xl — July 27, 2008 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

  2. “The most common mistake people make when they talk about racism is to think it is a collection of prejudices and individual acts of discrimination. They do not see that it is a system, a web of interlocking, reinforcing institutions: economic, military, legal, educational, religious, and cultural. As a system, racism affects every aspect of life in a country.”

    The average ‘person of color’ make that common mistake.

    Comment by nquest2xl — July 27, 2008 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  3. Nquest,

    I agree with what you said in the other thread about how for non-white people, it moves from the concrete to the abstract.

    Anyway, I probably shouldn’t have said “average white antiracist”, because I don’t know what the average one looks like.

    People *can* be interested in the idea that their views are “deformed/distorted” without challenging them. For example, people may think that white privilege exists, but that it’s an unfortunate outcome that cannot be changed and was more or less inevitable.

    I probably should have said that white people can be interested in the idea that the white view of reality is not the universal one, yet not have the belief that it is the objectively wrong one.

    Comment by Restructure! — July 27, 2008 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

  4. “People *can* be interested in the idea that their views are “deformed/distorted” without challenging them. For example, people may think that white privilege exists, but that it’s an unfortunate outcome that cannot be changed and was more or less inevitable.”

    Okay, that helps… Now I see where you’re coming from.

    Comment by nquest2xl — July 27, 2008 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

  5. NQUEST I just read this although I had come to the conclusion that your limited perspective had come from a veryracist point of view.Ther are people on this planet that dont even think in terms of body identification but are in tune with the true spirit of pure creation.If it were not for these masters this planet would self destruct.No matter how intellectual you make it sound racism is racism.You have an eloquence and gift for words thats why I kept posting you,HOPEFULLY ONE DAY YOU WILL FIND PEACE LIKE MALCOLM D AND SEE BEYOND THE VEIL TO UNITE ALL OPRESSED PEOPLE

    Comment by raulallthetime — August 24, 2008 @ 4:00 am | Reply


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