Your guilt is not my concern. How RACISM SURVIvES:will you speak up to your peer when they are racist in front of you next?Read Now
If you live in the same world that I do, your old lifetyle has been pulvarized by COVID and you are aware of the Black Lives Matter movement.
After a number of conversations with other Black people (because my own life is where I keep my focus), I think I have made up my mind about what I think, stand for, and will direct my life next.
But first I figure I will put out there what I think about the subliminal requests for attonement for the 400 year old sin of using Black bodies to build up wealth and society in North America, while keeping them dehumanized in one's heart. Not just white people, everyone who is not categorized as Black.
Here is a trap that is worth nothing to my life: performance.
This is what had Justin Trudeau go on a knee in a crowd in front of cameras.
But when came his job as Prime Minister to at least say something when his peer, Block Minister Therrien was called out as racist by the only Brown (and colored person for that matter) among federal Minister Parliament, Jagmeet Singh - all Trudeau in that moment could muster himself to say was "...it is a problem."
There is nothing more racist than halting efforts to stop police brutality of Indigenous People. And there is nothing more systemic than making that effort as a federal minister. Be it in the form of political gaslighting with a commission to "see if it exists, truly".
What is a problem?
It was there at the tip of your tongue: systemic racism.
Who is acting as the problem?
It was there in front of your: Mr Therrien in this case.
What did you do?
Let it happen anyway. And let Singh be told he had to apologize to this racist system.
Trudeau did not call it out. and so Parliament will continue to be racist.
Racism survives, by racist actions not being called out when they happen.
Not by performances of caring.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is where your agency in white privilege matters most: Can you stand up to your racist peer, when IT MATTERS MOST? You'll all have moments of truth at which point your actions will spell out the reality of your moral value. I guarantee it: be it where a group is wondering about whether to respect a person of color or not, whether it is a decision to give an opportunity to a person of Color, whether its to decide on a policy, or where the money is going to go. When you are in that position and asked the question of where the world is heading next, that is when you will be held accountable as to whether you truly believe Black people should be equal to you, or whether you were only embarrassed enough during the month of June to try to cover your ass.
I really don't care about the story you tell yourself about the world. When the time comes in reality, will you say and do the right thing. That is all that matters.
In the meantime, if you want to look at how intentional systemic racism as exemplified by the history of the American Police I refer to this podcast series:
- Behind the Bastards (Spotify or Apple Podcasts): Behind the Police series
1. Slavery, Mass Murder and the Birth of American Policing
2. How the First Police Went From Gangsters, To An Army For the Rich
3. The History of the American Police and the Ku Klux Klan
4. How the Police Defeated Lynching Via Torture
5. How Police Unions Made Cops Even Deadlier
6. How the Police Declared War On All of Us
warning: it is pretty horrifying and entertaining at the same time than any horror movie, thriller and absurdly twisted story that Hollywood could ever come up with.
And to this podcast for my community on ideas of what to focus on next:
- Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul Conversations:
Where Do We Go From Here? Part 2.
now that I got that off my chest, back to my work exposing my unborn child to covid as a front line health worker, while people resist wearing masks in closed in areas.