sarahtrails asked: Is it white privilege to say 'you opened my eyes to white privilege and systemic oppression of poc. What if someone wants to do something to help the social aspect of racism and white privilege because they are a compassionate person and see it as wrong and that it needs change, but their skin color is white. Is this bad, racist, white privilege? And is it white privilege to be interested in these topics as a white person?
white privilege is coming to ask me these things, instead of seeking these answers from educating yourself. it is white privilege to ask a poc to educate you on oppression.
honestly this is a bit much. Too many people read the first half of the Malcolm X autobiography.
White people are by definition going to be recipients of white privilege no matter what. Everything they do and say will revolve around it. It doesn’t mean they should do nothing though, or that everything they do is wrong, which is the vibe I get from tumblr. At the end of the day, acknowledging it, being aware of it, and fighting to in your everyday life to not perpetuate racism and to perhaps call it out when appropriate, is all anyone can really be expected to do.
"Don’t expect me to educate you" Honestly, if white people can’t even ask questions how are we supposed to change things in the world. We finally get in a position in which we can educate people and all of a sudden it becomes "not my responsibility". Well who then? Who, instead of the actual people affected should be raising awareness.
There are many things that white people can’t educate themselves on. Black people need to be willing to have open discussions about shit in order for white people to become educated. A white person can pick up a book such as “How To Be Black” & read it, but even then, they may still have questions about what was stated in that book & if black people sit around acting too righteous to answer them, then of course white people won’t be properly educated because they’re left to do what they’ve always done: make assumptions and uninformed judgments.
white privilege is a shield. it is a choice to live under the protection of blindness to suffering. it is not a malady by where you can not release yourself into the honesty of what the world does to poc. it is a choice to see or not see. it is a choice to learn from what is right in front of your face. it is not a sickness that we should take pity on and tend to, as it is the very thing that oppresses us.
The first two comments are the epitome of ignorance and blindness. You expect POC of color to educate white people about their privilege? When white people, on average, have more access to literature and anthologies through which they can educate themselves? You expect POC to focus on educating white people, the ones with privilege, instead of focusing on uplifting and educating their fellow POC who are being oppressed by white supremacy? So basically, if POC aren’t willing to take time out of their lives to educate you, then checking your white privilege and spreading awareness is pointless? These comments are only cementing a problematic conclusion- that if POC aren’t willing to educate those who are a part of the privileged class, then they should expect racism to continue. That we should not expect equal rights if we don’t devote our time to coddling those with privilege by answering their questions about racism. It is in turn, blaming POC for their oppression instead of those who perpetuate the oppressive system.
^^This comment. Read it. Re-read it. Give a 3rd runaround if you need to.
For everyone who has argued with me when I have said that it’s not POC’s job to educate white people or come up with a solution, and you need to go find a way to educate yourself and figure out how to be a part of a solution that doesn’t involve asking POC to do all the work for you.