Why do we pick on the Whites?
White privilege; white guilt; white fragility; white tears; white supremacy; … Why do we pick on the Whites so much? Can we just all get along and forget about race? It turns out we CANNOT.
I just finished a book by Robin Dangelo, a white woman. It is called “White Fragility, why it is so hard for white people to talk about racism.” It gave me the following insights: 1) western society is built upon the idea of white supremacy; 2) people of colour, especially blacks, live in a different world within the larger social construct. 3) white people has to lead the charge to form a better world for tomorrow.
One, our white supremacy world. A person once asked me why isn’t there a White History Month? Because every month is White History Month. Just turn on History Channel or Youtube or Amazon Prime or Netflix. The mass media is filled with so called White History. This gives the illusion that people of colour don’t have a history. Or that their histories are not important. Ignorance is the number one weapon for White Supremacy. As a Chinese Canadian I was shocked that I had to teach white adults about the Opium Wars and Terra Cotta Warriors. The western society, founded upon enslaving, pillaging and dominating coloured races, has to justify those horrible actions by diminishing the coloured races and their stories and achievements. Much like Hitler declaring Jews are vermins so they can be mercilessly exterminated. The concept of white supremacy is deeply ingrained in all of us, whites and non whites alike, with or without us noticing.
Two, different races lead different and separate lives. One might ask, and what is wrong with that? It is hurtful because it propagates an unequal society like Apartheid Light. My own father lived in the west since 1989, and he never voted once. There are millions of immigrants like him who does not believe the White people cared enough to hear their voices. So they just continue to live a life of “taxation without representation”. I recently needed a stock photo of a dark black ballerina. None could be found on any of the stock sites. I had to photoshop it myself from a white ballerina. In a White supremacist world, White is the NORMAL main dish and everyone else is side garnishes, thrown in as an afterthought for a bit of colour, exotic flavour and political correctness. Many whites complain of coloured people taking all the good jobs, even though there is no data to support this. They take some jobs because, uh, hello, they have to eat too. We can not build an ideal world on false pretences. If we want a just and caring society for our children then we must work together to design an inclusive society for all.
Three, White people have to lead the charge. Women suffrage was granted by men. Slavery was abolished by Lincoln. Indian independence was granted by the British Parliament. Apartheid was outlawed by the White Government. Hong Kong was returned to China by the Queen. Those in power has to make the changes happen. Coloured people need to continue their strife to be heard and recognized as equal human beings. White people has to recognize the evil and the falsehood of White Supremacist Thinking and abolish it. After taking a civil rights tour, a young white woman declared: “Doing nothing is no longer an option for me.” She and many like her are our White Hope.
White people are great. I love them so much I married one. White people gave the world so much, but they are not the only ones who gave. White people created so much beauty and knowledge, but they are not the only ones who are creative and intelligent. White people are capable of so much pure love, and they can show much more of this love toward their coloured brothers and sisters. The first step toward love is reaching out and seeking to understand each other. The second step is to have faith in a happy life together. I have faith in Whites. I have faith in All.
We pick on the Whites, because without the Whites, the rest of us would just be “people”. Let us ditch the white flag; stay away from white noise; get off the white horse; follow the white rabbit; talk about the white elephant; chase the white whale; stop the white lies; release the white dove. Finally, let us part the white clouds so we can see the magnificent rainbow on the horizon.
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