Stuff White People Say

August 7, 2008

“They are the problem”

Filed under: Uncategorized — jwbe @ 5:27 am
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There is a question I like to ask white people who defend this system: “Do you feel safe within a system like this?”
My personal answer to this question is “no”. I can’t feel safe in a society which, as a collective, is able to discriminate against different people based on stereotypes, because I know that this mainstream society can easily be manipulated to hate and to destroy from one day to the next any group which is singled out.
Under Hitler it was not only Jews, but also disabled, dissidents, communists, Sinti and Roma, Black Germans – at the end everybody who was “different”.
I also think, the most powerful white privilege for white people is the hope to be included in the club and this is what keeps white supremacy alive. Poor(er) white people don’t unite with people of color against the existing system but unite with the existing system to become a part of it.
This was also what white feminists did. They didn’t want to destroy the system, they wanted to be a part of it. They wanted to have the same power over ‘others’ like white men.
White supremacy reinvents itself and finds some of it’s best allies in the same people it once oppressed. Whiteness isn’t static, but Blackness is from the white point of view. Blackness is the political necessity within a Eurocentric system to keep this system alive. Learning about the Black “other” via stereotypes from childhood on is probably the first and most powerful training to get people who are easy to manipulate throughout their entire life and can be abused in any way necessary. It instills a sense of an assumed superiority and a curious feeling of belonging which let such whites quickly believe that ‘others’ are the problem and not they themselves or the system itself.


  1. okay first of all the smartest race happens to be the whites because white people created everything, cities etc..without them there would be black,brown and yellow cave men….yes white people may have done some crucial things but think how far the world has been developed through those actions…another thing when we look in normal communities u see that there are whites living in big homes and most blacks living in apartments or browns living off government funds (this is not a stereotypical comment) those who are not as successful can be if they get a good education, raised properal (no drugs, GANGS etc) and become a successful person…not all minorities are like that but im just pointing at the group that has trends of living in a crappy lifestlye always blaming the white i nthe last 10-15 years asains are starting to immigrate to north america which will probably cause large problems to the white community cuz these people will walk right in with no money, taking government funds which will raise taxes…alot of immigrants come with money too which is a good thing.

    Comment by stew — August 7, 2008 @ 6:24 am | Reply

  2. JWBE,

    Your post here is the perfect summation of the what’s at play in this debate over affirmative action which questions the difference between White Racism and White Resentment -> which some has have blamed on affirmative action.

    Comment by Nquest — August 8, 2008 @ 2:41 am | Reply

  3. Great post, jwbe. 😀

    I hope ‘stew’ is actually some very young person under 18. If he’s actually an adult, I am saddened that he lectures to people of colour about getting a good education and being “raised properal [sic]” when he hasn’t mastered the mechanics of grammar. If he’s actually an economically “successful” adult (versus a child who hasn’t experienced the real world), he’s yet another example of unearned white privilege.

    Comment by Restructure! — August 8, 2008 @ 4:10 am | Reply

  4. Maybe stew is trying his hand at satire?

    Comment by LLB — August 8, 2008 @ 5:35 am | Reply

  5. what I don’t understand is this individualistic way of thinking or those white examples where they allegedly know somebody who knows somebody white who wasn’t hired but a less qualified PoC. They would never come up with something like ‘a less qualified white was given preferance’.
    I also don’t understand a nation’s indifference to grant a quality education for all children. The lost of talents because of racism, but exactly this will cost society quite a lot of tax money because of welfare necessary for people who never truly had a real chance sometimes.
    And the opposite, white affirmative action, in Germany there was a study that about 60% of (white) male managers are not capable to be in that position, they are only there because they are white males. Because they know somebody who knows important people or do have the ‘right’ friends etc.

    Comment by jwbe — August 8, 2008 @ 9:14 pm | Reply

  6. Maybe stew is trying his hand at satire?

    why do you think this?

    Comment by jwbe — August 8, 2008 @ 10:12 pm | Reply

  7. Sorry, I’m prone to bouts of sarcasm, although I would love nothing better than to have my mockery disproven.

    Comment by LLB — August 9, 2008 @ 12:37 am | Reply

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