Skip to comments.The Hard Truth That Good White People Need To Hear About Charlottesville
Posted on 08/15/2017 7:43:51 AM PDT by onyx
The country is reeling from the events that took place in Charlottesville this weekend. Violence at a white supremacist rally in the town one complete with marchers using Nazi slogans and salutes has left three people dead, one the victim of a white supremacist who drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters. Both Republicans and Democrats have publicly condemned the hate spewed at the event, with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan calling the white supremacists' views "repugnant" on Twitter and Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeting, "Of course we condemn ALL that hate stands for." While President Trump seems unable to call the violence what it is, issuing a statement laying the blame for Saturday's violence on "many sides," many others in and outside the government have recognized what happened as an act of domestic terrorism.
It felt to me like the country has perhaps reached a turning point; maybe, I thought, this will be the thing that drives systemic change, the thing that finally puts institutional racism front and center in our culture.
And then, like clockwork, it happened: the good white people showed up. They announced their arrival with calls for kindness and colorblind humanity, and I, as a person of color, realized this may not be a turning point at all.
There have been many takes on the events in Charlottesville, but none more frustrating than good white people exclaiming that "This Is Not America," epitomized by the hashtag #ThisIsNotUs.
Since being publicized on Saturday by Lady Gaga as a hashtag to be used "to tweet positive messages," #ThisIsNotUs has become the source of some controversy. On Twitter and Facebook, the hashtag, initially used by many white people to proclaim that the white supremacist violence at Charlottesville did not reflect their views, is now filled with people of color calling out the issues they have with the idea that white supremacist terrorism is "not us," and rightfully so as the criticisms below and beyond point out, this is very much us; the violence at Charlottesville is America as it has always been.
#ThisIsNotUs forgets that the United States was built through the genocide of Indigenous Americans and the slavery of black people. #ThisIsNotUs ignores the fact that in earlier versions of our constitution, a black individual was only considered three-fifths of a human. To say this is not us is to forget that the statue the white supremacists gathered around stands as a tribute to Robert E. Lee, a Southern Confederate hero whose rumored abolitionist leanings have largely been proven to be false. To exclaim that this is not us is to ignore the reality that the majority of the acts of terrorism in the United States in the last eight years have been committed by white supremacists and right-wing extremists. One doesnt have to rewind history very far to see how wrong #ThisIsNotUs is.
The list of reasons the hashtag is wrong goes on and on, and many people have pointed out the vast number of problems with the sentiment.
But one question remains: why do so many good white people interact with, identify with, and defend this extremely problematic concept?
A cursory glance at the hashtag shows again, a surprise to no person of color that saying This Is Not America and #ThisIsNotUs is more about absolving the good white people than it is about actually standing in solidarity with people of color. But this issue does not end with the hashtag it's an example of a much larger problem.
To see how this works, look no further than the statement from the governor of Virginia.CNN on YouTube
He rightfully calls out the white supremacists on their hate, but immediately pivots to imply they are outside agitators, then tells them all to "go home and never come back" because they do not represent the people of Virginia and "are not wanted" in the state. The disconnect continues as he mentions George Washington and Thomas Jefferson as true patriots, describing them as people "who brought our country together," conveniently forgetting that they were slaveowners who did not believe black people to be full human beings.By being a 'good white person,' they get to condemn without sacrificing their privilege.
This is how good white people operate; they other racism, pretending that the conversation is about individual white supremacists, not white supremacy in America, a system which privileges white people above all others. And by doing this, they get to absolve themselves from enjoying the benefits that white supremacy has given them; by being a good white person, they believe that they get to condemn without sacrificing their privilege.
That is not an acceptable option.
This practice allows its practitioners to return every conversation to a status quo where whiteness is always centered. This can be seen in the attempt by "good white people" to co-opt the hashtag #SayHerName to honor Heather Heyer, who was killed after an alleged white supremacist drove a car through a crowd of protesters at the Charlottesville protests.
#SayHerName is a social movement created by the African American Policy Forum to combat the erasure of black women whose stories of injustice often get ignored. From Sandra Bland to Rekia Boyd, the movement seeks to ensure that these womens stories are remembered.
Heyer died while fighting hate and her life should be honored. But it's not OK to co-opt #SayHerName in order to do it. Despite numerous calls by black women people to stop using the hashtag in reference to Heyer, many continue to do so. By using #SayHerName to discuss the death of a white woman, good white people are doing exactly the thing that the hashtag was created to stop: erasing black women.
I know this s hard to hear, but...
White supremacy benefits all white people.
Including the ones with no torches. Thats why it survives.— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) August 12, 2017
In the end, what remains is a hard truth for some to swallow. As pointed out by activist Brittany Packnett, not every white person is a white supremacist but white supremacy benefits all white people. Including the ones with no torches. Thats why it survives. To pretend otherwise is to be complicit in the systemic subjugation of minorities in this country.
So as the many counter-protests in solidarity against racism occur around the country, Ill end with a message directly to good white people. The country doesnt actually need good white people. What it needs are actual allies; allies who listen to people of color, allies who dont speak over people of color, allies who do not need to be told that they are good, allies that do not center their activism around whiteness, allies who are not colorblind. If this is too much to ask, if you grow defensive when challenged, if your first instinct is to lash out, maybe you were never actually truly a good white person to begin with.
The whole thing reminded me of a certain scene in The Blues Brothers.
Yep...that crossed my mind too.
Bullshit. I bet 99% of the country doesn't know, or doesn't care about it. Seriously. This crap matters almost exclusively to the perpetually aggrieved professional activist class.
Charlottesville was a staged event.
The violence was perpetrated by the leftist mob.
We are being gaslighted into giving up our history and our country.
Ah yes... another foreigner telling us about our history and how we should think about it.
F- off. I’m done with you twits racially telling me how I should think.
Good black people proclaim “that’s not us” too. Nor do they ignore their own violence and culpability in the bloody mosaic of world history
Anyone remember the attack on GOP senators a few weeks ago?
Gone down the memory hole.
The car crash will be talked about for years.
#ThisIsNotUs forgets that the United States was built through the genocide of Indigenous Americans and the slavery of black people.
It doesn’t forget a damn thing. It does say that there was much more that happened besides any of that.
And we will NOT let you denigrate any of it.
Why is it that when a leftard uses the words, “hard truths,” you know that he is about to embark on a lie jihad.
Because it looks to me like one side had a permit and was exercising its constitutionally protected right to free speech, while the other side presented itself with the specific intent and purpose of denying the first side its constitutional rights by attacking them violently.
What places the first side on the same moral plane with the second? Is exercising constitutional rights morally equivalent to denying them by violence?
Even if the first side moved to defend itself after the felonious assault by the second, that was just the exercise of another of their rights.
No, the only way the first side is at fault is in holding and speaking opinions that others find objectionable. Thats it. Thats the only thing they did wrong.
Getty owns photos of tweets now?
The white nationalists are democrats plants.
That’s what people need to know.
The organizers are, not necessarily everyone at the events.
Like Communism kills?
100,000,00 dead, millions more enslaved
Oh that wasn’t REAL Commnism
But they love it just the same
What they are slowly -but-surely accomplishing, is to have more of us not giving a damn about their grievances
“Because it looks to me like one side had a permit and was exercising its constitutionally protected right to free speech, while the other side presented itself with the specific intent and purpose of denying the first side its constitutional rights by attacking them violently.”
Exactly,they came to cause trouble.
“Exactly,they came to cause trouble.”
The DOJ should come down on the Antifa and BLM scum with indictments for civil rights violations.
Oh, how sweet it would be to see BLM filth convicted of violating the civil rights of Nazis.
So let me get this right: This writer demands that Heather Heyer's name be excluded from some Leftist hashtag pantheon of martyred women ... because Ms Heyer is white.
The author of this piece should go to Zimbabwe to learn the lesson of what happens when hatred of white people, like hers, is unleashed against innocent white citizens ... all with the approval of its thug leader, Mugabe.
yes-#ThisIsNotUs but rather #SorosSupremacism
(I hope the writer understands why I as a white chick just spoke OVER him/her.)
Ah, yes. The Goodwhites. Must have been reading John Derbyshire.
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