And you don’t get to ignore the systematic inequalities and cultural practices that have created that definition just because it’s convenient to yours. Linguistics is a field hugely dominated by rich old white men who look down on the languages and practices of people of color. And it has been for centuries. For most of the modern era it’s also condemned any dialect that grew out of communities of color because they’re “lesser” or “improper.” If I have learned anything by actually looking at the world around me it’s not to trust a system that is dominated by rich old white men. And if you’re going to try and tell me that some stodgy old white guys who went to fuckin’ Oxford or Harvard or some shit know more about what constitutes racism than academic scholars of color who experience it then you’re not even trying to think critically. Go ahead and passively support white supremacy if that’s how it’s gonna go.
Your argument about “hating people for things they can’t control” is reductive and ignorant. First, it ignores a huge inequality between the anger of the oppressed to the violence of the oppressor. They’re not the same. They never will be. There are not centuries of violence and oppression and silencing of white people for being white. There is not active police brutality and murder against white teens because their whiteness makes them “threatening.” There is no legislative system in place to keep people of color above white people.
Also, people of color don’t just go up to random white people and say shit like “I hate you for being white” without a reason. They hate and distrust whiteness as a system and a culture and a dominant oppressive group. If somebody tells you they hate you on the grounds of your whiteness chances are hella high that you deserved it because your behavior was unacceptable and racist. And the attitude of “wow these people of color are so radical, unreasonable, and racist towards me, a sad oppressed white person” is totally a reason for them to distrust and hate you. You’re part of the problem.
- I spent my childhood (from when I was 4 till when I was 12) in Damascus, Syria
- I always knew I had a lil womanist in me as a kid because I refused to let people think that my brother was better than me at doing things just because he was a boy
- My big dream is to become Minister of Women’s Affairs in Ghana
- I love Ghana, despite all the heart-ache and head-ache it gives me
- I have a man I adore, because he makes it very clear that I do not need him in order to be phenomenal. He respects my craziness and forces me to grow