We should all know by now that when a white girl with a highlight-streaked mullet starts off a video with “I am a racist”, it’s going to be her being blatantly racist yet trying to pass it off as “ironically” funny Avenue Q racist and then trying to discredit and put down people who are actively interested in calling out racism and/or not being oppressed by racism by calling them “divisive” or “unfun” or “judgemental” (“you can’t call me a racist omg that is racist you don’t know me you don’t know what’s in my head sooobbbbbbb”).
A few clarifications out the gate-
- “Gay”* and “Muslim” aren’t races
- White Italians cannot and do not experience racism/racial oppression.
- White people making general statements about their own kind is not on par with white people making racist statements about POC. The first is not racism, for one.
OK, so the video continues and she, of course, makes ignorant blanket statements. Then she poses the question- “Are these observations racist?”,to which the answer is a resounding “YES”.
Lemme break down how for ya!
Because of your racism, dear white girl, you made generalized statements about races and groups of people that weren’t necessary. I mean, why mention the race of the people who recycle cans, huh? Because you “noticed it” ? Chances are there are ten times more white dudes in your neighborhood that stand on street corners looking for work, or collect cans for money, but your ass noticed the POC. Racialized confirmation bias is a ugly form of internalized racism that often informs the more overt kind. “It can’t be racist if I simply percieved what I saw” chuckles the bigot, never realizing how she was seeking out the racialized generalizations in the first place. Even if you observed that there really was more POC doing something, why mention their race?
Now if to that you answered “well why not?”, I ask you this-“What happens to these stereotypes and observations after they’ve been made? Do they translate into obnoxious mass generalizations? Do they translate into harmful action? Do these negative stereotypes harm the people they’re generalizing about?”.
White people-NO: White people in a supremacist culture do not suffer negatively from stereotypes or generalizations about their whiteness or white identity. They have never been systematically abused or discriminated against, let alone based on stereotypes or hatred of their whiteness. Stereotypes and generalizations have not been used to discredit them culturally, socially, educationally, in the job market, in government, everywhere. Stereotypes and generalizations have not lead them to be hunted down and killed.
POC-YES: All those aforementioned things have happened to POC because of these generalizations and stereotypes. We have been mistreated, abused, discriminated against, and killed because of piss-poor, negative, racialized ideas about us and our culture. They actually cause harm. So no, racism & Islamophobic/Anti-Arab bigotry are not comparable to “Italian ppl” jokes, nor are these bigoted statements all the sudden OK simply because your racist mind “perceived” inane generalizations.
The ones “causing the most dividing between people in the world” aren’t those who know what the fuck’s up and stand up against racism and other forms of bigotry, it’s you, dear mullet-haired white girl. The “Token Girl/Gay/Black/Oppressed” friend who plays Uncle Tom to the supremacist culture. The petty bigots who’d rather hold on to their shitty statements and their horrible “OMG but I OBSERVED IT” derailing bullshit, who want to ignore and have the privilege to ignore how they feed the supremacist culture, how they further push us into silence with their ignorant white bullshit.
“Don’t react else you’ll confirm their ignorance” is a shitty way of silencing us, too, of telling us to keep in line, to not act “niggardly”, like “cunts”, like “bitches”, like “dykes”. AKA to not challenge the supremacist culture. If your friend reacts to you calling out his homophobia (yes, needlessly calling out “THESE FLAMBOYANT GAY DUDES” is homophobic) like that, he’s a misogynist homophobic dick. He’s not right in trying to silencing you by calling you a bitch, and you aren’t “justifiably” a bitch ever, let alone when you’re doing the right thing and calling him out for being a fucking asshole.
Sit down, white girl. You’re a racist.
*when gay white people thing being gay is the same as being POC 2012