Australia’s history of racism towards Aboriginals is absolutely disgusting.
Until the mid-60s, indigenous Australians came under the Flora And Fauna Act, which classified them as animals, not human beings. This also meant that killing an indigenous Australian meant you weren’t killing a human being, but an animal.
To this day, Australia breaks every code of the Geneva Convention when it comes to indigenous Australians and their human rights. The “public housing” that the government has given them are one-bedroom shacks with no running water, no electricity and no gas, that entire families are forced to live in. These shacks are in communities in the outback, as far away from “civilised” society as possible. Out of sight, out of mind.
Indigenous Australians that live in the city are commonly forced to live in very dangerous and derelict areas that the government gives very little funding towards. Redfern in Sydney is a highly indigenous Australian populated suburb that is rife with crime, unemployment and horrendous living conditions. The government does next to nothing to help these people, either.
Whenever riots have broken out as a result of incredibly low morale, the police and the government are very quick to point all the blame at the indigenous Australians and say that they are the cause of their own problems, rather than looking at what the actual cause is.
Unemployment rates amongst indigenous Australians is astronomical. Crime rates are astronomical. Suicide rates are extremely high within the indigenous Australian community. Death from inadequate living conditions and inadequate health care is common. Brutality towards indigenous Australians is common.
The way many indigenous Australians are forced to live is equivalent to that of what one would expect from a third-world country. Indigenous Australians are considered by the UN to be one of the most horrendously marginalised groups in the world.
And how does the government amend all of this? With a national “Sorry Day”, where white people plant a hand in some designated area of soil as a token of their white guilt, and then continue going about their white privileged day.
On top of that, white people here commonly bitch and complain about how “good” indigenous Australians have it and how “thankful” they ought to be to the white man for improving their quality of life. Meanwhile, indigenous Australians have lost almost all sense of identity and culture because of white colonisation.
What is left of Aboriginal identity and culture has been nearly completely destroyed. And most people in this disgustingly privileged country do not give a single god damn fuck.
Australia is a disgusting country when it comes to racism. I am disgusted by my own country.
If you are part of a privileged group and have to constantly demand that somebody in an oppressed group say “not all (insert privileged group here) are like that”
what you are really demanding is that they reassure you that you’re not like that and you’re not being held accountable
which is a cowardly thing to do and also shows the great lengths you will go to in order to avoid examining your role in a toxic system
Tatyana Brown posted this great article “ The Unbearable Invisibility of White Masculinity: Innocence In the Age of White Male Mass Shootings” and started a great discussion around it. I’m still chewing on it.
James Baldwin going the fuck off and snatching edges, roots and all, on the Dick Cavett Show. 1973.
gonna read gonna read gonna read
Examples of what white privilege deniers THINK it means to be told to “Check Your Privilege.”
- Apologize for being white
- Believe white is bad or wrong
- Be ashamed of being white
- Feel guilty for being white
Examples of what people ACTUALLY mean when they say “Check Your Privilege.”
- You are inserting yourself into a conversation where you shouldn’t be. Acknowledge what you are doing, apologize and stop it.
- You are making my pain about you. Acknowledge what you are doing, apologize and stop it.
- You are belittling my pain. Acknowledge what you are doing, apologize and stop it.
- You are making my fears concerns and troubles less important than your annoyance about me talking about my experience. Acknowledge what you are doing, apologize and stop it.
If you believe that PoC want you to apologize for having white privilege, you are wrong. To be honest, I don’t get why you would think that in the first place. Let’s pretend for a second that I DO want you to apologize for having white privilege. Then, let’s pretend that you actually do apologize to me. How does that help me in ANY way? You see, some of you believe that we want to take away what you have or we want you to be ashamed of what you have. This is not the case. We want to be treated like human beings and we want you to understand that you don’t get to assert yourself or your feelings ABOUT OUR FEELINGS onto us or into our conversations.
Your guilt over white privilege also does me no good. You feel guilty? Okay and…? What does that do for either of us? If anything, your guilt tends to bring out MORE racism, not less. We don’t want to be treated BETTER, we want to be treated EQUALLY. Don’t pretend you like Black Joe when Black Joe is an asshole. That does not prove to me that you aren’t racist, it proves that you ARE racist because you are ONLY “Friends” with him BECAUSE he’s black.
Again…how does that help me in any way?
So you want to know what you should do about your White Privilege? See the second set of examples and follow them to the letter. Know that even if society tells you otherwise, you are not better, more important or more valid than anyone else. Know that your opinion should not be something you hold higher. Especially in situations you have not personally lived through. Generally, stop making things about you. That’s really the basics. No one believes that things are going to change so drastically that white privilege will disappear. We are all realistic people. It isn’t about taking something away from you. It is about you not trying to add you to our lives. It’s not about you. If you can only remember one thing, let that be it. It is not about you.
I like how people act like you can’t be racist and sleep with a person of color as if misogynists don’t sleep with women all the time
I’m about to predict your reaction to being called out about racism so that I can refer you to this post in the future just to confirm how predictable you are. Chances are, now that we’re on the topic of (quite possibly your) racism you have opted to:
- Find some textbook definition of racism and quote it to me. (Ironically, these things were written by white supremacist patriarchal societies, anyway.)
- Try to prove that racism against white people exists by telling me that you or someone you know was bullied, excluded, etc. for being white (thus belittling the actually INSTITUTION of racism that faces PoC every day, in EVERYTHING that they do, and not just isolated incidents.)
- Tell me about how many black people you have as friends or have dated/how many PoC will vouch for you as a non-racist/what your PoC acquaintance said it was okay for you to appropriate even though you are white.or
- Tell me we all “bleed red” or that you are “colorblind”/don’t care if someone is black, white or “purple”
Conratulations, you’re a predictable racist fuck.
Anyone have anything to add?
In America, you can be white and commit heinous crimes—lighting up a movie theater, or Sikh temple; mass shootings at a workplace—and you will more than likely be considered mentally ill. Media outlets will work diligently to elaborate your story; your upbringing, childhood traumas.
You will always be sympathized and looked at as a person who wasn’t helped in time.
The plot centers on ”four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular ‘African American’-themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film will explore racial identity in ‘post-racial’ America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world.”
The indie project is just 31 days and $25,000 from the big screen.
This looks amazing!
every white person who has ever sent me an ask message anonymously should donate at least $20 (trying to make your guilt at least a little bit productive here)
you know who you are!
Racism by © Moshey
Apt, accurate AND succinct.
There should also be a hand over here eyes, with slightly parted fingers.
And a bunch of white folks pointing at the girl and screaming at her for crying.
And some white hands on her arms and legs pulling her down.
“One of the burdens of being a black male is carrying the heavy weight of other people’s suspicions.” - Jonathan Capehart, The Washington Post
— Angela Marie Davis (via zorascreation)
I’m not racist. I have black friends.
White people, do you really know what the fuck you are saying when you put this down?
Do you really?
First off, by saying this, you are COMPLETELY disregarding what the POC who told you what you did/said was racist.
Second, you are literally saying to the POC who is coming to you:
“I am a better judge of racism than you, despite the fact that my white privilege gives me an unfair advantage over you and do not experience racism on a systematic level, based solely on the fact that I am in proximity of black people. I have no intention of changing my actions/mindset because I have black people in my proximity, even if those actions/mindsets are harmful.”
Do not insult our intelligence. We’ve been seeing this shit since birth. That line has been used since SLAVERY TIMES, and just like it was a pile of horse shit then, it still stinks NOW. Black people are NOT A FUCKING PROP for you. And the fact that you even THINK to bring up “the black friend” when a POC calls you on your shit? Makes you even more racist for bringing them into the equation.
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