We recently posted a video on our tumblr feed, which demonstrates the pervasive and nauseating totality of White Privilege. The subject was addressed on DailyKos this morning, with the author dealing with the defensiveness, denial and disbelief from whites about whether such a thing exists.
White Privilege not only exists – it is the law of the land. From the onset, this country has been built on the sweat, blood & tears of non-whites. The First Nations were systematically slaughtered and culturally obliterated. Africans were brought here as slaves. We have sent people to every continent to kill non-whites. It was only after uber-white Germany attacked us directly, that we engaged in war with whites. The French & Indian wars were two white empires fighting for control of the right to steal the land from the First Nations.
Since our Declaration of Independence, we have been fighting for white privilege. The racism of the South / GOP / Bible Belt is proof that we have not shed this desire.
The most vile and disturbing aspect to me is the deliberate efforts of most of the white US to pretend that this racism is not there. We gladly turn to our TV show, movies, iPods, flat-screen TV’s, double-latte’s, 401k’s, wallpaper for the living room, SUV purchases and any of the myriad distractions / ego-strokes that are provided for us by the very people and system that profit in dollars from the price paid in blood by non-whites across the planet.
But, we’re stroking the hand of our own executioner. This system is not designed for some white utopia for us all to live in. It is a very small, gated community – designed to drive 95% of the planet into labor and poverty, 4% to be jailers and 1% to bathe in the glorious light of a Maxfield Parrish dreamland exclusively populated by the owners of this planet: a few greedy, amoral men who will sell us to slaughter.
The grease of this entire system is every “oscillating Richard” white person who goes along thinking “I’m not racist” / “I’m not the problem” / “What me worry?” and any other excuse that will allow them to proceed with their “American Dream” pursuit to join the very smart, very special, very responsible “good people”. We turn our eyes to our future home, our children’s schools, that new electronic device, the esteem of our peers and making smart choices with our careers.
We don’t see racism because we don’t want to see it and we can get away with not seeing it.
Our success, our joy, our prosperity, our delight, our social standing, the heat in our house, the food on our table, the health of our children – all paid for in the blood of non-whites.
To this day.
“If you’re not part of the solution – you’re part of the problem”
This is a post by Arvan. As always, a reminder that the wonderful guest posting page is still open to all non-bigoted peeps.