I’m not sure where this ever pervasive assumption that all white people are racist, even if you know you’re not, developed from, but to say that it’s not an issue in today’s society is undermining the root cause of division and hostility we see all around us. (Or at least, it seems as if they’re TRYING to cause division and hostility in us.)
I think many of us know by now about the unbelievable and, quite frankly, ridiculous, on-line seminar that coca-cola made available for its workers. With such lovely sentiments as this:
Wow. If this isn’t the definition of racism, I don’t know what is.
The author of this seminar, Robin DiAngelo (although she is now contesting that she has written this – but you can check out the video where she calls white people “difficult” and “a-holes” here (starting @ 2:09) as well as some of her other biased assumptions – so take that for what it’s worth), claims that to be white is to be:
– less humble than everyone else
– white people don’t listen
– white people don’t believe (believe what?)
– participate in white solidarity
And then she has the audacity to accuse white people of being socialized to believe that being white is superior to, literally, anyone else. If children are being raised into thinking that they’re “superior” than other races, than that is the matter of parenting, social conditioning, and the education system. There are certainly occurrences of upbringing that exposes children to separation and division, which most definitely should be addressed, but to incriminate EVERYONE as a whole based on these cases is participating in stereotyping and biased (false) assumptions.
I don’t know about you, but I certainly wasn’t conditioned to think one way or another about matters of skin color. I can’t speak for others, of course, but in my life, I was raised to not judge people based on race, looks, skin color, etc. Even outside of home, in schools and stores, etc. I didn’t even think about making judgements between one group of people and the next. We are all people, and all deserve love and respect.
To say that I come from very diverse ethnic groups is putting it mildly. My direct and extended family and friends are composed of Asians, blacks, Mexicans, whites, mixed-races, etc. I don’t make it a point to know everyone’s genealogy or ethnic/cultural background because it’s who they are as a person, as an individual, their personality that matters to me.
My childhood friends consisted of an eclectic group, running the gamut of: blonde cheerleader, Mexican goth girl, smart black guy, emo boy, prankster red-headed kid, myself as the shy girl – did I care about anyone’s ethnic background or skin color? lol No. I adored them all the same. Did I ever think I was better than them because of the difference of skin color? Again, no.
“A concerned NYC parent summed up this orchestrated descent into de facto apartheid. “I grew up partly in New York on the Upper West Side and when I was young, you’d see all these kids playing in the yard at recess — black, white, Hispanic, Asian, whatever — and they all got along great,” he writes. “Now you have the schools teaching white kids they should feel guilty and that black kids should resent them.”
Growing up, my media crushes included some of the following (just to show the diverse range of who I was attracted to – most of them due to their character’s personality)
He makes me laugh. What can I say? I love some good (and sometimes awful) puns.
His character was a bit arrogant, but by no means a bad person; and still sympathetic.
He’s a great actor and I enjoy watching him no matter what character he plays.
I appreciate a bad (misunderstood?) guy turned good.
Who wouldn’t adore a man who gets amused with pictures of poodles on checks?
(Tom Hiddleston as Loki)
White (and sometimes blue) / Bad (and sometimes good) – tricky trickster is compelling.
(Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe)
I love his stoic yet touching portrayal of a dedicated, loyal bodyguard and devoted friend.
Hm… I see skinny (skeletal, actually…), Asian, Spanish, American, English, (headless?), white, blue, black… it’s almost as if race and skin color don’t matter to me. Imagine that.
I’ve dated blacks, Mexicans, whites, short, tall, skinny, stout… I also teach my son not to judge based on skin color. And not to judge on looks at all.
By example. I treat everyone equally. I don’t make it a point to mention skin color, nationality, etc. And he doesn’t either. His favorite teacher is a black lady; he has friends that are of many different races and colors.
Of course you don’t have to believe me since this is all anecdotal, but seeing as how I’ve been actively exposing corrupt agencies for aiming at black people with their suspected depopulation agenda (looking at you Margaret Sanger/Planned Parenthood/Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “(untested) covid vaccines should go to black people first and many other people of color”/Tuskegee Syphilis experiment, etc. – unironically all of which are white people who have initiated these agendas) then I don’t really feel the need to keep defending myself.
But here is this lady, DiAngelo, presuming to know how every single white person was socialized and raised. Here is a snippet from her very own site on what she’s all about:
“From incisive and wide-ranging critiques of how white folks deflect, deny, and evade the topic of racism, and the implications of our own racial identity and position, to an absolutely on-point interrogation of how racism and whiteness influence the larger educational process,“
Huh. It sounds like a “her” problem and not everyone else’s. Maybe SHE was raised with these beliefs and she’s trying to break out of it, but to imply that every single white person is arrogant, ignorant, etc., etc. is JUDGING PEOPLE BASED ON THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN.
Unlike what certain groups believe, the need for some to particularly point out how racist white people are and that they just don’t know it, is quite possibly the most inane concept I’ve ever heard. And to expect people of any nationality or race to be ashamed of who they are based solely on their skin color is deliberately steering people towards EXCLUSION instead of INCLUSION, like they’re trying to make people believe.
Am I saying that some people weren’t born with the same ideology as DiAngelo? Certainly not. Am I saying that racism and stereotyping doesn’t exist? Again, certainly not. But what I am saying is that pressuring people to think that they should feel one way just because someone says so and assumes so just because of the color of their skin, seems to me the very definition of racism and deliberately aimed at creating more division and more chaos.
And I am saying that the approach that some people and industries are implementing, such as:
“I know! The best way to end racism is to mention it at every single turn! No matter we go, let’s mention black, white, supremacy, privilege, etc., etc., etc.! Let’s mention it in our schools. Let’s mention it in our jobs. Let’s mention it all over social media. Let’s even tell black people that they’re not black enough if they don’t think or act a particular way! And if they’re white, let’s make them state just how white they are, so we can judge them based on their own perception of whiteness. It’s perfect!”
is not working out as much as they’d hope.
This is sad. It’s sad that this is what’s allowed to be taught in schools. How about instead of teaching children that we should rate our whiteness or blackness, or asianness, or anything like that, that we just treat each other with kindness and respect? Why are we specifically highlighting our skin color and teaching children to notice this instead of just including everyone no matter who they are or what they look like? This is highly disturbing to me and it’s a belief system that can only inflict more doubt and damage rather than getting everyone together on the same page. As a matter of fact, all of these accusations of racism and indoctrination in schools are doing the complete opposite of what they’re “allegedly” trying to achieve.
It’s unbelievable that huge corporations like coca-cola will pay for this type of segregation seminar.
And it must come as a shock to Robin DiAngelo when you have a black lady who understands the repercussions that this type of harmful doctrine imposes on others:
“If a corporate company sent around a training kit instructing black people how to “be less black”, the world would implode and lawsuits would follow.
I genuinely hope these employees sue @CocaCola
for blatant racism and discrimination.”
But apparently according to DiAngelo, Candace Owens just needs to accept that all whites are racist and experience white privilege, and Candace should play the victim card like every black person and accuse whites of denying their inherent racism and privilege.
And whatever happened to these very wise words from this well-respected black man?:
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
And when this happens, and when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
“Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.”
When we suffer from oppression, even an illusion of oppression, these immortalized words can’t be realized. When we keep having segregation issues thrust upon us and our children, instead of understanding each other and respecting each other for who we are and our differences, when we keep regressing back to the past instead of making a change for the future – then we will be stuck with an ever-present perpetual division and animosity of others simply due to the color of our skin.
No matter what Robin DiAngelo or anyone else tries to make it seem, not every white person is born with the belief that they are better than any other race. And anyone who surmises that we’re mistaken and that we just haven’t owned up to our white supremacy is severely misled and/or delusional.
With all of this being said, please don’t let a person of any race try to psychologically manipulate you into making you believe that you’re the bad guy. If you do realize that you may be participating in discrimination or prejudice, then by all means, please look within and learn to practice appreciation and love and patience with those that are different than you. If, however, you know that this doesn’t apply to you, then do not cave into societal pressure and apologize for your skin color. We will ultimately not be judged by our looks, but by what’s in our hearts.
If you have suffered at the hands of discrimination, inequality, prejudice, racism or anything of the like, then I truly am sorry and hope with every fiber of my being that we as a collective whole can move past this and look beyond what we are naturally born into. I find every race, ethnicity, culture, skin color etc. worthy of life, love and freedom and wish for a united, benevolent society.
And if Robin DiAngelo and others like her are legitimately suffering from a shameful background of white privilege and racism, then I feel for her and hope she is able to address it and forgive herself and others for perpetrating it. And hope that she learns to rise above it and grow to be more inclusive and compassionate. But to impose her ideologies unnecessarily on others due to her own upbringing and/or guilt is a fruitless and harmful endeavor. (And that’s, of course, if this isn’t an intentional agenda to begin with.)
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