When the talk is about race and racism, many whites have problems to focus on the topic: Racism, white supremacy as a system. Instead, they want to tell that they themselves were victims of some form of discrimination.
The favorite is “reverse racism”. And not even realizing the different power-dynamics and that racism always includes the power of a system behind.
When whites attack PoC, it’s reduced to “individual incidents” and in addition, non-white victims often have to fight for their rights, to get heard. Main-stream media often tries to blame the victim himself, “something must have provoked the attack” etc.
The situation changes when the victim is white and the perpetrators are PoC. Then there is a national outcry, it becomes a “they are attacking us”, like it was for example the case in Germany, when there have been 3 or 4 incidents were “foreigners” attacked Germans. One attack was video-typed by security cameras installed in the metro area. One picture was picked out and published. Showing the attacker hitting the head of his victim, who was already lying on the ground. The sub-title of this picture was: “You can be the next”.
This “you can be the next” makes the fear of whites visible. The fear of revenge, when we as a collective are no longer in power. It is beyond our Eurocentric imagination, that another world could be possible. Our own history of conquering as well as European wars, our history with aggression as the only possible answer as we may believe – how would the world look like today without this European history? Is our history particularly European or would this be the history of mankind? The Mongol Empire, the Ottoman Empire – ambitions to expand and to conquer, is this human behavior?
But other societies, peaceful societies, demonstrate the other possible side of human behavior, living peacefully together and in balance with nature.
Attacks against whites remind us, that we are vulnerable like anybody else. And it is our fear that others will do to us what we did to them.
Will we ever be able to leave our fear behind?
Will we ever be able to feel that we are all one?