On White Racial Tranquility
John-Pierre Maeli
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What are you trying to accomplish, and who is your audience? Reading this, it sounds like you are literally “preaching to the choir”. That is you are stating well known problems to people who are already aware of the problems and, like you, want to fix them.

Great. But you offer no real solution. At the end you make sense:

Combating racism is a battle of a thousand cuts, prods, and nudges. It is a strategy necessary when facing self-righteous white people intent on their own racial blamelessness. Head on collisions with staunch moral self-perceptions around hot-button issues is just a bloody mess. It is a zero-sum game. No one wins those encounters.
We all think we are good inside for some reason or another. It is usually based on false perceptions and missing pieces in the puzzle. You have to lift that veil off slowly. Reality is a bright light that most of us have rarely experienced. Let your eyes adjust slowly.

But we don’t get there without having trudged through the anger.

If I had been one of those unenlightened White People (I am White, but also Enlightened, or at least not Unenlightened) I would have dismissed this article as the ranting of a Social Justice Warrior and shut down. Much as you shut down if I come on here and rant about how my darling son is being screwed over by Black Children who get into college by virtue of their skin color. You don’t want to hear it.

The way to address these issues is to be kind, and to educate. Don’t just call people racist. That is a charged word in this society and has the same effect as calling a Black Person the N-word. It shuts down conversation. You need to have a discussion.

So, when I am arguing with those on the far-Left who define racism as institutional White Supremacy. I remind them of what the word racism ACTUALLY means. Using not just the dictionary, but referring to the highly reputable anti-hate / anti-racist powerhouses of the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. I remind them that racism is something you do, not who you are. So you can be a White Person who is racist against Hispanics, or a Hispanic racist against Asians, or an Asian racist against Whites.

Racism:

a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racism

Racism is the belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another, that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn biological characteristics. Racial separatism is the belief, most of the time based on racism, that different races should remain segregated and apart from one another.
The racism of a group like the Nation of Islam may be the predictable reaction to white supremacy. But if a white group espoused similar beliefs regarding African Americans and Jews and, few would have trouble describing it as racist and anti-Semitic. If we seek to expose white hate groups, we cannot be in the business of explaining away the black ones.

Once I have established what racism is, I then point out that the Far-Left is redefining the word to justify their blatent racism against Whites with articles titled: “White People Suck” or “White People are Racist” or “White People are Broken” while pretending that they themselves are above racism. It is not much different from what you are accusing White People of, it is just a different ideology. And I have found that racism or whatever is more based on tribalism than race. There are Black supporters of MAGA and White Supporters of Social Justice. Race is just a descriptor, and to use it to define someone, their actions and beliefs, is in fact racism.

And by starting with facts, rather than rhetoric, for example understanding what racism is, you can then open up into how that person is committing the wrong, especially if you are talking in person to them.

For example, your article is somewhat racist. While it is true that the problems above do occur, you imply that only White People suffer this self-righteous racism. The truth is, most people, regardless of race suffer from the same, they just don’t realize it. It’s called implicit bias.

I would also like to point out, ironically, that the Black Children who apply to Harvard and such are in fact highly privileged themselves. I am White Middle Class and could never have even dreamed of going to Harvard, let alone getting in. Anyone who is going to an Ivy League College, is by definition, highly privileged, regardless of class or race. So, yeah.

Most of the White People mentioned above, have a skewed definition of racsim, but you seem to have no desire to educate them, just to rant at the injustice. And you know what? It is just going to get worse. Because no one on the Left (or few enough not to matter) is actually talking TO them. They are talking AT them. They are filled with righteous indignation, sharing the same traits as a Born-Again Christian railing against the abomination of Homosexuality.

No Born Again, railing in such a way has ever won an argument over LGBT rights. They simply showed how bigoted, that is “intolerant of differing beliefs” they were. That is how the Social Justice Warrior appears to the average White American.

They are sitting there having their coffee with their Black neighbor, enjoying life when someone crashes into their life accusing them of being racist. Of course they are going to become defensive. It’s human nature, and I have to wonder how “woke” someone is when they don’t even understand basic human reactions to being attacked, which to be fair, you are aware of and do address, but far too late to make an impact for those who have not already bought into the message, or like me, just don’t get offended.

So, what are you going to do to actually address the problem? How are you going to educate. You blew off some steam, now it’s time to put that steam to work.

David