WHY ARE WHITES SO RACIST AND WHITE-SUPREMIST?
As a white person, I spend a lot of my time thinking about why whites are so racist. I am part of a society, part of a system that supports whites and only whites. If I think about all of the situations where WHITE Europeans invaded different cultures and enslaved, I start to see a pattern that although there have been white slaves and whites oppressing whites, most of the time whats being targeted is skin tone. The question is, why do whites think they are so great? Why do whites think they possess something that makes them superior to all skin tones? Why have they been able to successfully market white supremecy as ideal, the white skin tone as beautiful, whiteness as desirable over all other skin colors?
One theory of the reason whites were able to convince the world of this ‘white wet dream’ is that luck, not brains, not wits, not power, but luck allowed them to have the industrial era a little earlier than other cultures. With the support of technology, they could suppress.
Before blacks and other racial groups were targeted, when it was white communities just full of whites and the other racial groups were only in their racial communities, whites picked other things to target people and caste a lower class. If we look historically, one example would be the Jews. The reasons Jews were so easy to target is that they generally had physical characteristics to identify them as such. One could look at someone and “guess” they were a Jew. But still, it was ambiguous.
Blackness, and other racial identities, were much easier to target. It is hard to look at a darker tone of skin and have any doubt that the skin is a darker tone. Thus the African and all other racial skin colors and groups became the target of oppression. And to move it along, the whites began to hate the other skin colors. Dehumanization is the only way to treat a human being the way whites have treated Africans and other racial groups. Hatred is one way to justify immorality, and the cultivation of hatred of a physical characteristic such as skin is not “irrational”, it was a systematic, rational decision of whites that they needed people to labor and be the bottom class. People of different colors have to be that bottom class to the white supremist. With their easily identifiable physical exterior, a white supremist can identify a non-white much easier than say, a Jew. And while the white supremist will still have hatred for the Jew, it is harder to act out on that hatred because the symbolism of what is a Jew is less obvious.
The need for a “bottom class” and to suppress a group of people based on identifiable traits, such as skin tone or physical characteristics most associated with a specific religious group and otherwise, is an innate fear and insecurity of the white supremist. The white supremist fears being on the bottom, and thus the white supremist must create a bottom in order to feel secure in the top. The White Supremist does not value what they, as a white person, have the ability to do on their own. Everything the white supremist system has was built on the backs of the underprivileged and the oppressed. Their wealth, our wealth as whites, comes from the sweat and blood of the groups whites have oppressed out of fear.
WHAT IS TO LOVE ABOUT BEING WHITE?
There are plenty of things that whites can love about being white. The problem associated with these benefits of being white is that, the perks of whiteness are not because we are white and deserve them. When we analyze the perks of being a white person it must be admitted that all of white privileged comes at the cost of oppressing other groups of people, the groups of people who built our White House and grew our crops on the plantation that garnished our family wealth. The ability to get an education, get a good job, be able to move freely in society without fear of being discriminated against based on race or stereotyped, are all perks of being white. These are things a white person could claim to love about being white. It is problematic because everything whites love about being white are based on the notion of oppressing other groups. Everything that is great about being white comes at the cost of other racial groups. Thus, if we are thinking as rational, humanist, caring people, we cannot love being white. To be white is to be privileged and to be privileged and enjoy it is to support oppression. We must be inherently ashamed of our whiteness because there is no positive side to it but the fact that we have systematically elevated ourselves through violence, force, and the dissemination of other cultures.
HOW CAN WHITES SUPPORT THE REMOVAL OF A SYSTEM THAT BENEFITS THEM?
There is always justification about why white people should care about their privilege. Why should white supremists care that they are suppressing people, when they are not the group that are being suppressed? We find ways to benefit the white supremist. Booker T. Washington once stated,
I am convinced that the most harmful effect of the practice to which the people in certain sections of the South have felt themselves compelled to resort, in order to get rid of the force of the Negroes’ ballot, is not wholly in the wrong done to be the Negro, but in the permanent injury to the morals of the white man. To wrong the Negro is temporary, but to the morals of the white man the injury is permanent.
The validity of these statements may or may not be debatable. But the point being, whites must justify why they should care about groups that are being oppressed other than themselves, when they benefit from it. You cannot ask the multi-billion dollar corporation to feel guilty about exploiting the masses of people, when by doing such they gain money and benefit from it. The White Supremist attitude is the same; it exploits the racially non-white and does not feel guilt because they do not have any drawbacks from the actions they employ. So falsely, those who care about equality attempt to pique the interest of the white-supremist by peppering messages of anti-racism with self-interest. To be racist, the anti-racists might say, hurts the white person!
But this is the problem. The white supremist should not have to be convinced with self interest the reason why white racism is wrong, why it should be stopped. They should be able to acknowledge on their own accord that to oppress any group whom, naturally are equally, simply because of fear of being on the bottom, is wrong and must be halted. When a white person is convinced against the system of racism in self-interest, the attitude of white racism that created the white racism has not been confronted and thus no progress can be made. The white supremist must say, “I am wrong, I benefit from exploiting others and it is wrong. I desire equality, and that means surrendering my undeserved benefits of being white. These benefits I earned by stripping the rights of other equal groups of people and using those rights to elevate my own behalf.”
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE WHITE?
So we ask in this situation, what does it mean to be white? If we look at the white history, especially coming to the industrial age and the first encounters with Africans, we will see that whites have always decided that people of obviously different physical characteristics, in this case skin tone, are to be made as inferior. So as a white person, we cannot ignore our own history. We cannot claim we are not racist because we did not do what our ancestors did, simply because, history has made us the empire we have. The position you are in, the wealth and opportunity as white person that you have, was made possible by your ancestors. And even if it were to be proven that your ancestors in specific did not own slaves or benefit directly from such institutions, it does not matter because in this society you now benefit from the work of other white racists, whom, though not related to you, have boasted their power and influence so hard that you now posses undeserved rights. And in that way, the white identity is tinted with racism, the support of racism, the history of oppressing. The white identity is to not have to look at race issues, to be able to walk down the street and think that racial profiling laws are irrelevant because it is not whites who are being profiled. The white identity is never having to be shamed for who they are, being proud for the supposed accomplishments of their race, the greeks and romans, when all of this is lies. To be white is to be able to be proud of one’s past and not be in the position of the oppressed. Whites are the oppressors, so the profile of the white, what it means to be white, is to be powerful at all costs, to strip others’ rights at all costs. Even if there are positives to being white, they have all been earned by the negative aspects of whiteness. The primal fear of being on the bottom penetrates the white race so deep that they must do everything to make sure that they are on top. This is the collective white identity. Perhaps not the individual, but as collective, this is how we define ourselves.