White Privilege

White Privilege and Standing Up

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Your DGB for today is to familiarize yourself with strategies to de-escalate racist harassment and assault, especially if you have white privilege and can use it to help Black and brown folk.

Last week two Black men were arrested for hanging out at Starbucks. And a Black teenager was shot at for ringing a white person’s doorbell to ask for directions. As if we need more reminders, it is clearly not safe to be Black in this society. And PoC need more than non-racist allies, they need ANTI-racist allies willing to use their white privilege to help on the front lines. In the video taken of the Starbucks incident, you can see white people attempting to intervene with the police on behalf of the two Black men. This is a great use of their white privilege. It didn’t have the desired result in this case, but maybe if they’d had a little more information and training, it would have. Maybe someone could have convinced the Starbucks employee not to engage in racial profiling and call the cops in the first place. So check out the resources to which we’ve linked, and learn how to stand up to racism, rather than just being a bystander.

And one more thing: given the way that Black people’s lives are put at risk in encounters with the police, please think twice before calling the cops on a Black person.

 

Oconomowoc School District

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Your DGB for today is to contact Superintendent Roger Rindo and School Board President Donald Wiemer, of the Oconomowoc, WI school district.

Back in January, students were invited to participate in a “privilege aptitude test” activity developed by the National Civil Rights Museum. Some snowflake parents got upset about being told they had an advantage in life, which is apparently a hard pill to swallow when you’ve made so little of yourself despite it. They even called in to a local conservative radio station for an echo chamber session.

The all-white school board decided there will be no further discussion of white privilege in their district, which has 88.9% white enrollment. Wiemer, explained "Our board is fine with discussions about diversity ... but white privilege is a lightning rod for some parents. We have poor people in Oconomowoc who are saying they're not privileged ... and people that say, 'Don, we worked our butts off to have what we have.’”

Superintendent Rindo denied a request by a high school student club focused on equality to organize a "privilege walk," saying in an email that the district has to be "prudent and mindful of the context in which we live and work."

Apparently, the irony of allowing white voices to silence an entire district’s discussion of white privilege is lost on these administrators. Let them know their actions perfectly illustrate the need for such education.

 

Nice White Ladies

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Your DGB for today is to connect with Nice White Ladies. https://www.nicewhiteladies.com/

A resource for newbie activists interested in dismantling white supremacy, Nice White Ladies offers a variety of options to get involved. You can donate to an emergency reparations fund, deal with your white feelings in their secret facebook group, volunteer skills matching, and access other resources they amplify, such as Safety Pin Box. One of DGB’s favorite features on NWL’s site is the section allowing you to anonymously ask dumb white questions, thereby keeping them out of other activist spaces. They then answer these on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/NiceWhiteLadies/, where you can also read more about the intent behind their name.

Collectively, these resources help new activists unpack their own racism and complicity while providing a path from being a Becky to becoming a Becky With the Good Tools for Helping to Dismantle White Supremacy.