America is a racist society, it’s a lot of other things too, but I want to concentrate on race, for the moment.
So, I was giving a lecture to a packed audience, on Susan B Anthony. I stepped up to the podium and said, “Susan B Anthony, a white woman, was…” and, collectively, the audience gasped. Everyone looked at me, confusion on their faces. One woman, in the front row, was actually stunned. She sat there frowning at me and then she got it. She nodded at me and started writing.
See, when you are the powerful race, no one has to mention that you’re white. You only mention race for those who AREN’T white. White is always ASSUMED, if there is no description of any other race. That’s what power is all about. It’s about not needing to talk about your power because everyone knows you have it.
We NEVER say Bill Clinton, the forty-second white president of the United States. It would never occur to anyone to say it. Obama will always be the first BLACK president. The next black president will be the second black president. Power. Unfair, disgusting, and right there in plain sight for everyone to see.
It’s everywhere, in everything, and so much a part of our racist culture that we don’t even think about it until someone describes someone as white. Try it. Next time you’re talking about someone use the word white to describe her/him. It throws people off. They might even stop and get a weird look on their face. White shouldn’t run the country. If we were all blind we wouldn’t even know there were different colored skins, eyes, or hair. It’s just more garbage white males made up. Seriously…it’s so disgusting I can hardly imagine why we haven’t had more civil/race wars.
I’m asking you to use the word white every single time you talk about a white person, just as you would use the word black, or hispanic, to describe someone. Let is sit in your mouth and stall your brain. It sounds funny, because it’s not part of our normal language, unless you’re telling the police who broke into a store and it was a white guy. Do it. Try it.
We are all racist. It’s what we’ve been taught to be. We can say that we aren’t racist but we are. Men can say they aren’t sexist but they are…all of them, because being male comes with privilege, just like being white does. It’s what this country is, it’s the home of the racist, sexist, white, male power structure. We need to change that. We need to change that NOW, before more people are raised with the poison that was put into our heads. The poison that divides us, kills us and denies us any hope of peace and acceptance.