This week, I will be sharing things white activists are saying publicly to other white people.
Dixon D. White wrote:
"Many white folks are on edge these days and into their feelings because so many people
are talking about white privilege, white supremacy, white denial, white silence, white
fragility, black lives matter, and often these white people feel like they are being unfairly stereotyped as racist. So if you're white and tired of hearing about our culture and system
of white supremacy, you should try living under it for 500 fucking years. So get up off
your ass and fix this mess our people made or shut the fuck up."
Dixon also listed different types and symptoms of racism (white supremacy):
1. Overt (violent/aggressive racist);
2. Not overt but openly racist (says the N-word with a degree of pride);
3. Covert/Hypocrites (often in our nation's institutions, will pretend to like black folks but work indirectly and/or covertly to maintain white supremacist codes, policies and systems...perhaps
the most common mentality today);
4. Hiding/running (avoids the reality of white culture, denies, dismisses, can be heard saying it's too divisive to talk about racism, colorblind etc.);
5. White nationalist (usually conservatives working to maintain the power and status of whites);
6. Willfully ignorant (unwilling to change even when they know their beliefs are racist or discriminatory);
7. Ignorant (supposedly has never questioned the morality of their racist or racially insensitive beliefs);
8. Internalized (when a person of color promotes and conforms to white supremacist ideals);
9. Projectors (finds comfort in the delusion that black and brown supremacy is somehow oppressive to white folks);
10. Selective (has family and/or friends that are "acceptable blacks," but outside of that they
are covertly and subtly racist);
11. Savior (arrogantly believes black and brown folks are incapable of helping themselves
without white assistance);
12. Defensive (only looks at white supremacy in the context of "they want me to feel guilty" and the never- ending saga of defending white folks racially);
13. Fearfully ignorant. (Those that are afraid of black people for no logical reason, but still
blame black people for appearing "scary" -- like blaming the clown for your phobia);
14. Unintended (says and does racist things to PoC without ever realizing or understanding why it's offensive);
15. Whitewashing (to put a white spin and bias on everything -- politics, history, media,
education, religion, entertainment, art and culture, etc.);
16. Institutional (systems of white supremacy that operate in our nation's institutions: healthcare, housing, justice, financial, education, employment, corporate,etc.);
17. Silent (turning a deaf ear and blind eye to white supremacy and therefore becoming racism's biggest support system due to silence about racial injustice and immorality).
Fannie LaFlore MS,LPC,SAC,EAP is the Developer and Lead Trainer of Healing From Racism Programs (HFR) which draws on her extensive Communications, Human Services, Entrepreneurship and Activism experience.