White Supremacy

Stop Weaponizing Your Tears

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Your DGB for today is to do some reading and reflecting on the damaging ways white women use their emotions against People of Color.

The recent event in Starbucks where two Black men were arrested for no reason has prompted a powerful discussion of the ways that white people, particularly women, use emotional manipulation (dubbed acutely White Woman Tears) to terrorize People of Color. The Starbucks travesty isn’t even the most terrible example of this, that same DAY near Detroit a 14 year-old Black boy got lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood and knocked on a door to ask for directions. The white woman homeowner freaked out, subsequently inspiring her husband to grab a gun and shoot at the poor kid, nearly killing him.

These stories have prompted blog posts, Twitter threads and Facebook posts from People of Color relating stories of white women acting like jerks and generally making their lives miserable. This nonsense needs to stop. Please take today to read some pieces on the phenomenon and think about how your own actions and reactions need to change.

This piece from Shay Stewart-Bouley (Black Girl in Maine): http://blackgirlinmaine.com/racial-and-cultural/weapon-of-lass-destruction-the-tears-of-a-white-woman/

This post by Luvvie Ajayi (Awesomely Luvvie): https://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2018/04/weaponizing-white-women-tears.html

This article by Louisa Leontiades (for the body is not an apology): https://thebodyisnotanapology.com/magazine/dear-white-women-why-we-need-to-stop-crying-when-poc-call-us-out/

 

No More White Nonsense

Your DGB for today is to start following White Nonsense Roundup on social media, and either help out or make use of them, depending.

White Nonsense Roundup, recently profiled in Huffington Post, is a terrific project that allows People of Color a break from the endless job of explaining white supremacy and racism, and defending their humanity, to white people on social media. PoC can simply send out a bat signal by tagging @nowhitenonsense on Twitter or @whitenonsenseroundup on Facebook, and white volunteers will show up to do the job. White people have a responsibility to be actively anti-racist, and this is one way they can do just that. The volunteers will take the heat, engage in discussion, and dispatch trolls where necessary.

How many days without white nonsense? That’s right - zero. So get out there, white folk, and get to work. And friends of color, please kick back and have a pumpkin spice latte. You’ve more than earned it.

 

Actual Goddamn Nazis in Charlottesville

Your DGB for today is to go to this Twitter thread, pick a good cause in Charlottesville, VA, and make a material donation as a stand against the hate we’ve seen there this week. 

On Friday and Saturday, unabashed and unashamed racist hatemongers took to the streets of Charlottesville, VA to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate leader, General Robert E. Lee.  Scores of people were injured, and one counter-protester was killed by a terrorist mowing down people in the street. Despite the argument that Confederate statues represent “Southern pride” and not white supremacy, we note that those agitating for the statues to remain were carrying flags with swastikas on them, shouting Nazi slogans, and throwing up the Nazi straight-arm salute.

We also note that those irritating red MAGA hats made an appearance on the heads of white supremacists marching, some shouted “Heil Trump”, and that former KKK grand wizard David Duke specifically said he was marching in Donald Trump’s name. Before pandering to these deplorables, the President should’ve listened to Fox Mulder, who once wisely asked “Did you really think you could call up the devil and expect him to behave?”

While Trump and his followers have made being openly racist “cool” again, they did not invent racism. It’s been here the whole time, ever since this country was founded on stolen land and built with kidnapping and enslavement. Not that it *ever* was, but this is NO TIME to sit on the sidelines. Stand up against institutional racism, micro-aggressions, white supremacy, white privilege, and all that messy, ugly stuff. After you donate to a Charlottesville organization, look around you at your own family, your community, and yourself and ask: how can you make a change?

 

Dear White People,

Your DGB for today is to join and support Showing Up For Racial Justice.

If you’re a Person of Color, the work of racial justice has been yours for way too long, so sit this one out. Take yourself to lunch or go look at this adorable baby pygmy hippo for a little while. Dismantling white supremacy is the job of white people, and SURJ places the burden where it belongs. Read their About page here. Do not skip this part. Read it now. We’ll wait.

Now that you know that SURJ mobilizes white people at a local and national level, helping them to defect from white supremacy and fight for racial justice. Today you will find your closest chapter here, and follow them on social media. Then push yourself out of your comfort zone, put your white body in the streets, and mobilize more white people. DGB wants to emphasize that this is not an opportunity for validation or to be thanked, so don’t expect that.

Just show up.