Was browsing around Twitter and I came across this lovely photo. So let’s tackle it, shall we?
1. Take up minimal space during anti-racism dialogues and protests.
If you mean physical space, that’s a given. But if you’re talking in terms of “shut the fuck up when we’re telling you about your privilege”, uhhh…no. I’m also anti-racism, but it appears that people have a hard time believing that I as a white male could be as such. And even if I was, I’d still have to keep my mouth shut, because y’know…privilege.
2. Stop contributing to gentrification and calling it “urban development”.
Gentrification is defined as “the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste”. So basically you’re saying stop making shitty places look better? Um…even though I don’t partake in gentrification…no. Because I’m a clean freak and I don’t like shitty looking things.
Now if we’re talking taking an already fine area and making it better just so real estate prices can go up and I can make a few more dollars, then I am on the same page with you. Because that is some real bullshit and it goes on where I live. There are less and less places for people to live who don’t make $50,000 a year and up. That is absolute bullshit.
3. Listen when people call you on your microaggressions.
Stop using that term, along with “mansplaining” and other bullshit. It’s old, no one cares anymore. And by the way, I won’t listen when someone just starting screaming at me because of the colour of my skin and the gender I am. That sounds sexist/racist.
4. Never invite people of colour to the table for the sake of claiming diversity.
So then…what’s affirmative action?
5. Refrain from using your non-white friends as your “urban dictionary”.
What kind of people are you hanging out with? Because I have friends of different races, genders, religions, cultures, etc., and they all talk with the same vocabulary as the rest of us.
6. Stop lifting up non-confrontational people of colour as examples of what POC activism should be.
As soon as major news outlets finally start saying that damaging property, assaulting innocent civilians and being all-around shitty people to those who have nothing to do with what the protests are about, sure I’ll stop.
But until then, I will continue to act on the basis that you defeat bad ideas with more speech, not hatred and calls for violence.
7. Call your friends, family and co-workers out on racism, even if a POC isn’t in the room.
I already do that, as should everyone else. That’s the first good thing on this list so far. But then again, what does this have to do with my privilege? Shouldn’t this be something we all do, regardless of the colour of our skin?
8. Understand that all anti-racism work doesn’t look the same and advocate accordingly.
Again, I do that. I call out the violent protesters like #BlackLivesMatter has become, as well as ANTIFA. I call out the protesters who are using false information, anecdotal evidence and downright lying in order to push their agenda. The people that have the right ideas with good intentions, they’re not the ones I’m against.
9. Realize that all discussions about race aren’t for you. And be okay with it.
It makes it sound like I attach myself to every conversation out there. I don’t get involved in anything that has nothing to do with me, it’s actually really easy to do so. But still, to take this as straight as possible, the second you say “it’s not for you”, you’re essentially outcasting me and since this whole list has to do with me being white, that in turn has made this racist.
10. Recognize that you’re still racist. No matter what.
So let me get this straight. The person who made this says that because I am a white male, I am automatically a racist. How does that not come off as racist as well?
I am not a racist and I know I am not a racist. I don’t need to explain why, nor should I have to. To call me racist, you have to give proof that I am, not the other way around. We need to stop pushing this narrative that white people are racist and you cannot be racist to white people. Racism has nothing to do with power, it is simply the act of doing something bad to another person on the basis of their race. It is a colorblind definition, plain and simple.
So that was fun, glad I got that off my chest. I went into this knowing that it was going to be silly, after all anytime the words “white privilege” are used in a sentence, I pretty much go in with the assumption that I’m about to read some pretty racist shit.
This fight has gotten so comical, my body is hurting internally from laughing. Everything is racist now, everything is sexist, everything is something negative. We have no outlook on the positives anymore, we apparently only get by through getting people upset about stuff. We don’t need to rally against something all the time, we actually can enjoy our time on this planet once in a while by just thinking “You know what? It’s not that bad here.”, which by the way…IT’S NOT THAT BAD HERE!!!
I’d certainly take this bullshit over living in North Korea.