Hello, and welcome. For a very long time, racism and racial inequality have plagued human societies. In most societies, it is white people who receive systematic advantages for their perceived “lack” of race. As a group, white people understand, perceive and experience racism very differently than people of color.
The reason is simple. White people (wypipo, in the case of those still demanding that white privilege is not real and that racism has already been eradicated) benefit from racism as it exists today. We whitefolk have it really good. We can step in and out of discussions of racism. We can avoid the topic altogether because our race is never a burden to us.
In order to dismantle racism, white people have got to understand the many, varied forms racism takes today. By exploring racism as it is presented by people of color, it is my goal to broaden my understanding and to bring that understanding back to my fellow pale-kin. Oh, and we have to acknowledge and actively seek to rid ourselves and our society of white privilege. Yes, you’ll be losing something, but it isn’t something worth having. What’s more, the lack of these benefits won’t actually serve as a detriment. Being made equal isn’t the same as being impeded. Besides, our white-skin laurels are ill-gotten and cursed.
Everyone has got to work within their communities to create change. But it is impossible to create an egalitarian, fair system without understanding — or trying to understand — the different ways we all perceive and are perceived by the world. An intercommunity dialogue is necessary, but it cannot be that it solely falls on POC to educate white people. We need to take the concerns and issues raised in intercommunal conversations, and carry them faithfully and honestly back into our communities and work to be agents for good.
So this is me, trying to be part of that change in the discussion. Trying to carry these topics and issues back to white people, whypipo, and wypipo, so we can come to know enough to empathize and seek real, good, enduring, meaningful change.
Whenever you’re ready, head on over to the Blog section and let’s get listening.