A Black Queer Man’s Syllabus to Whiteness
We, as humans all over the globe, are indoctrinated into a variety of beliefs since birth. The overwhelming system of belief that we often never question is that of white supremacy. We do not often question how whiteness came to be, nor how it functions in our daily lives. People of color — Black people and Indigenous people in particular — need to constantly examine how deeply the social construct of race is used to further war, genocide, and an unfair application of manmade “laws.”
Much like we are indoctrinated in religious beliefs that we mistakenly use to forgive folks like Dylan Roof, White Supremacy is like a Bible for many of us, we just don’t realize we have been studying it our whole lives.
I do not claim to be an expert on race, ethnicity, nationality, or white supremacy. But as a Black queer man who has lived 27 years of life, studied my world, listened to the people around me, and read as much as I could — I am an expert of my own experience. Below is a collection of pieces I have written in order to help liberate myself, and in an ideal world: help liberate all of us. I am because we are, and I hope I can help in some small way. Writing is survival, and if nothing else, I hope that this encourages readers to at least record their own narratives.
White Women’s Work
“Well-meaning-white-women are all around us. They’re often more interested in avoiding the label “racist” than in challenging their racist friends.”
lena dunham is one of the best examples of White Feminismmedium.com
My expectations for white people (and by proxy, white women) are very very low, so I don’t expect them to be accountable for their actions, their racism, or their obliviousness.
The Reality of Whiteness & White Supremacy
StopWhitePpl2k15 by Anthony Williams For a long time I used the popular hashtag, #StopWhitePpl2k15, with a friend on…afrikanblackcoalition.org
Whiteness is a revisionist project that white people subscribe to, allowing current and past settler colonialism, genocide, and chattel slavery to be written off as necessary “mistakes.”
White people need to get serious and recognize that while whiteness is ever-expanding, whiteness will not always protect them.
According to the most updated polls, Hillary Rodham Clinton won the popular vote, Donald J.bullshit.ist
Marginalized people aren’t looking for a fight, we are merely looking for shelter.
I woke up next to my partner early this morningmedium.com
It is just difficult to imagine that in a world full of so many humans, we cannot rely on any of them, save for those we know. Sometimes.
Whiteness and Dating
After 26 years as a Black queer man and two separate 2.5-year relationships with white men, 2015 is the year I have…www.bgdblog.org
Being gay meant feeling like I had no one left to talk to, so I turned to media and porn for examples because there were no public models of Black queer love.
By using social spaces to assert that Black Lives Matter, I have noticed a certain pattern in responses. But let’s be…medium.com
But by speaking out about our precious Black lives, people get…offended, upset, and hostile. People get downright nasty. We assert our lives and many fellow North Americans assert their malicious hate.
Whiteness in Education
Life as a Black student — particularly as Black student conscious of interlocking systems of oppression— at a HWI…medium.com
We are constantly healing from intergenerational trauma while enduring new traumas in our fight for a more equitable system.
If you aren’t already paying attention to #ConcernedStudent1950, listen up.medium.com
These white admin and students have historically held the power to make decisions that affect millions of people, not just students.
Whiteness & Modern Day Lynchings
There’s a reason you don’t see Black folks as the primary suspects committing domestic terrorism: Black people have too many people relying on us and too much to lose to do the shit that white domestic terrorists do.
The violence of whiteness isn’t just the blatant violence we see through outright KKK members, but the silencing of dissent. The double standards. The gaslighting.
i can ignore the news, i can dodge the videos, but i can’t stop the fear.
Negroes,/Sweet and docile,/Meek, humble and kind:medium.com
The best bet is for us to keep doing us, but I can tell you this much: sweet and docile negroes we ain’t.
You actually don’t need any reason — let alone a credible reason — to lynch a nigger in the United States of America.
"In January 2004, Nelson Chisale, a black farm worker, was tied to a tree, beaten unconscious and then fed to a pride…anthoknees.wordpress.com
You know that phrase, ‘knowledge is power?’ Knowledge is also pain. The more I learn, the angrier and more powerless I feel sometimes. How do I effect change
Yoh, South Africa is doing a doozy on me. As you might recall in my first #AntinAfrica post, Post-Apartheid Thought, I…anthoknees.wordpress.com
My issue, though, stemmed from the fact that her domestic worker still did not have ‘a place at the table.’ She would never and has never eaten dinner with them, despite the fact that she is ‘a part of the family.’
Solutions: Moving Past Whiteness
by Anthony Williams “I’m still waiting for a comprehensive plan from White Anti-Racists on how they plan to dismantle…www.thirdwomanpulse.com
White supremacy is our abuser, and white folk are most often the ones embodying it and benefiting from it through their whiteness.
This election is not about your Superpredator Aunt or your Orange Uncle. I personally refuse to vote for either, but I…medium.com
If we must participate in this white supremacist capitalist world — and often, we must — then we need to find ways to do what we can, where we can.
I don’t practice intentional listening and I want to improve. I catch myself waiting for someone to finish what they’re saying so that I can pop in with my own funny or tragic story.
I purposely center Blackness in my home, life, and work.
we need to stop caring about “alienating” white folksextranewsfeed.com
When we coddle white people, their feelings, and their interests, we put ours on the backseat.When we ignore our own needs to further the needs of the white folks who never really saw us as human, we are only doing harm to ourselves
Chance the Rapper provided the turnup soundtrack for most of Black America in 2016, a vital reminder of just how much…hazlitt.net
Black joy is not a luxury. Black joy is a necessity. Black joy is Black liberation.
We must organize, and we must organize every day. We must strategize and we must strategize everyday. We must document our stories and we must document our stories everyday.
It’s hard, but keep waking up.
Identity management is the term I use to refer to a coping mechanism we often utilize to successfully engage different…medium.com
Whether the behavior in question is ableist, homophobic, xenophobic, trans antagonistic, racist, classist, cissexist, misogynistic, or more, if we do not prioritize which societal ills we tackle and when it is appropriate for our health to do so, we cannot survive.
A few days ago I posted on my Facebook that I don’t plan on engaging with white people on the topics of race, police…medium.com
I have literally had knots in my stomach and elevated blood pressure from debating this life-or-death shit, so I’m not here for semantic arguments or for you to practice your debate skills on me.
Witnessing, experiencing, and avoiding caudacity is a daily experience. Whether I try to avoid it or not, I often end up debating with a white person about once a week.
There was never a point in appealing to those that continually brought us harm as Black folks. It is a form of self-sabotage.
and reckoning with how social media has shaped our generationmedium.com
And yet we still use it because it has not affected us personally, the utility overrides the toxicity, or we’re unaware of the fuckshit of Facebook and their complicity in white supremacy. Facebook is a powerful tool, but it’s one I am choosing not to wield anymore.
I’ve been putting off writing this piece for awhile now and I’m not quite sure why. But after reading a Facebook status…medium.com
I’m not even sure where to begin, except to say that coming to consciousness — the state of being awakened and therefore “woke” to the world outside of yourself and your immediate physical, political, and ideological surroundings — is a painful one.
I was ashy. To. My. Core. I grew up with a military background, in primarily white or mixed (but not heavily Black) areas and as pro-Black as my mother was, I was still ashy. It happens, y’all.
I don’t fit. Well, we — Black queer and trans folks — often don’t fit. Whether it’s in pro-Black liberation spaces or…www.eastbayexpress.com
If we don’t fit in Black spaces, we don’t fit in queer spaces, and there sure aren’t enough Black and queer spaces, we do not have many options.