So, What are YOU Doing About White Supremacy?
It’s time for white people to fix this mess
“You can’t put a Band-Aid over an ocean of blood”. This quote jumped out at me in a recent Instagram reel. And it got me to thinking about how many more people have to die before we take down white supremacy once and for all.
White supremacy is a murderous beast. It has killed millions, maybe even billions at this point, including:
Black people who were kidnapped and enslaved
Indigenous people who were exterminated in multiple countries
People in lands around the globe who were killed so white people could take their wealth
People who died in the Holocaust (never forget that Hitler used the template of the American South, so I think this counts - see Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste for more on this)
All the people who have died at the hands of the police and young men with assault weapons
I’m sure there are many more.
White supremacy is still killing people. It can’t be a coincidence that the most recent incidents in the US have targeted the Black, Asian and Latine communities.
Unless something changes, it will kill again. Getting guns out of everyone’s hands would be a good start. See this article by Gabrielle Stanley Blair which lays out the case.
But we need to go further, and white people - it’s really up to you, every single one of you. Because if the rest of us melanated people had had our way, or had been left in peace, we wouldn’t have had this centuries-long swathe of genocide and death. Plus, we’re tired…
We’re tired of dying and we’re tired of getting blamed for being killed.
We’re tired of the lies about who and what’s responsible.
We’re tired of some 18-year-olds being boys and others being men when it comes time to allocate responsibility and punishment.
We’re tired of existing in a constant state of grief.
We’re tired of the trauma, the wounds reopened by each successive incident.
We’re tired of the gaslighting.
We’re tired of the expectation that Black women and Black people will save us all.
And we’re tired because by the time you read this, it’s likely someone else will have died at the hands of white supremacy.
White people, this is your mess!
As I said in a previous article, this is your inheritance and fixing it is your mandate. Since your ancestors grabbed most of the power, you’re the people who have the power to change the system.
That has to start TODAY. And know that it’s way past time for incremental changes. People are dying. Children are dying. Too many have died already. Too many have been traumatized forever.
So protest and organize. Make change where you are, and then keep making change at every governmental and organizational level - and in every office and everywhere you have even the slightest bit of influence - till this nonsense of white supremacy and this fiction of “race” ends.
Nothing less will do.
Thanks for reading my perspective,
Note: I usually publish my monthly update for paid subscribers on the first publishing day of each month, but I thought this was more important. Look out for that update next week.
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