What is white supremacy? (some thoughts)
– It’s a hierarchical system all white people benefit from, even if they’re not racist.
– It’s what makes some white people think they are entitled to this land that they stole from Native people and the ancestors of Mexican immigrants.
– It’s what allowed European immigrants and their descendants to amass wealth, property, and higher socio-economic status on the slave labor of Africans and their descendants.
– Being comfortable with white supremacy is what makes some people o.k. with having donald trump as president, o.k. with banning people from African and Muslim countries, and o.k. with tearing brown-skinned immigrant families apart.
– Being accustomed to white supremacy is what causes most people to ignore the high rate of incarceration of African Americans and Hispanics (who together made up approximately 56% of prisoners, but only 32% of the population, in 2015).
– Thinking people of color are more likely to be criminals is white supremacy.
– The anchor of white supremacy and racism is denying there is even a problem.
– White supremacy is linked to imperialism abroad.
Read this passage by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn. The reality of substantial investment to assist Negroes into the twentieth century, adjusting to Negro neighbors and genuine school integration, is still a nightmare for all too many white Americans.”
“These are the deepest causes for contemporary abrasions between the races. Loose and easy language about equality, resonant resolutions about brotherhood fall pleasantly on the ear, but for the Negro there is a credibility gap he cannot overlook. He remembers that with each modest advance the white population promptly raises the argument that the Negro has come far enough. Each step forward accents an ever-present tendency to backlash.” From “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community” (1967)