I started following this “iftheygunnedmedown” blog because it is true that if someone is shot by police/vigilantes, the news has a way of finding the most incriminating photos of the victim. It makes me sad that this has become what it has. What I saw when I got there was an…
So, you suggest that because I am white, if we were to protest together, hang out together etc..(because we are standing unified instead of divided by race) these bullets would magically fly around me to hit you because I have magical bullet redirecting skin pigment?
That’s fucking dumb.
Why would you hate someone for being on the same side as you and being right along side of you demanding a change? How is this progressive? You think that a cop kills a white guy and they Photoshop him into a business suit at Sunday mass rescuing puppies from killer aliens? No! They would still find the worst picture they can of the person. The media has a history of setting up the story to benefit the cops whenever this happens.
The way this type of mentality paints the picture is that I don’t have a right to feel because of the color of my skin. I don’t have the right to join anyone else because I’m white. I should hate myself because I apparently have this white privilege that I have yet to see.
Hmm…. I don’t have the right because of my skin color?
I should hate myself because of my skin color?
I should keep to my area because of my skin color????
Seems kinda counter progressive to me.
That’s fine, keep hating and I will keep trying to find long term ways to actually address and fix the problem.
Did you even look at the link that I provided? I’ll link you again. Black people are killed every 28 hours. The “hypothetical hang out” doesn’t address this fact, I’m not sure why you brought up that non factor.
I dislike people like who attempt to simplify issues. You stated that it’s about “class” and that race is a non factor. I’m telling you that in addition to class, race is a factor. I cannot ally myself with someone who thinks that oppression is purely classed based because it isn’t.
Even if a Black person isn’t killed in a so called “heinous crime” they’ll still utilize pictures that deject and devalue the victim. If you want to talk about white criminals, they actually have higher call backs than Black people without.
Why are you crying and whining about being white? I and everyone else doesn’t need that victimhood ranting. What I would like you to do is listen, you cannot be an ally unless you listen to the people you profess to ally with out doing so. Hating yourself for being white doesn’t do anything. And I never said or insinuated that you should hate yourself for being white, that would be pointless. I will not however coddle you like an infant.
Do yourself and others you claim to support a favor by educating yourself. Start with the link that I provided you and realize that it’s not just about class, it’s about race, it’s about intersectionality. Why on earth would I or anyone else want a whiny white person with a victim complex as an ally when they won’t even listen? Certainly not me. Only you have the potential to change, I can’t do it for you.
First of all, I am not crying to you or asking to be coddled. I am not assuming a victim complex. I am showing how asinine this thought circle is and how it could be perceived by and hurt those that are there for support.
Second, I never simplified anything. Our nation’s problem with narcissism has become epidemic. When someone is so self absorbed they cant think of someone else having thoughts and feeling like they do, how do you address something like racism, sexism, religious bigotry or any other social problem? I am talking about trying to fix a psychological dependence of self importance that our iMentality has exasperated and burned into the grain of our culture. Leaving this at “this is racist” seems to be simplifying the situation to me.
Last, I am a huge fan of educating myself. Knowledge is power and the lessons in school are written by the victors. Because of this, I like to make sure to research all of the facts and not settle with the quick, easy to stick with, easy to find answer.
BTW, I did read both links(they were actually two different stories). I see where you are coming from and I wish you could do the same for me. If you ever come to Southern Arizona(yeah, the iMentality is strong down here also(SB1070, ETC)) let me know so we could go chat over a beer and a burger. I think we could have some great discussions.