Minority Activists to White Allies: Remember, You’re Still Racist
According to Marchaé Grair, social media associate for the United Church of Christ, white allies are welcome to join the fight against societal racism…as long as they remember that they are still racists.
You might think it counterproductive to start making demands of whites who generously dedicate their time and passion to helping people of color, but liberals have always had an appetite for eating their own.
In her blog post, Grair helpfully lists 10 ways that white anti-racism allies can “actively reject” their privilege. For instance:
“Take up minimal space during anti-racism dialogues and protests. Protests and anti-racism discussions should always center on the oppression experienced by people of color. If you are an ally who always has the microphone or the bullhorn, you’re taking up too much space.”
Hey, so, we know that we’re not going to get anywhere without you. And yeah, we know that you could just as easily stay home. But listen, we only want your help if you’re willing to do exactly what we say. Deal?
Of course, when you have Black Lives Matter protesters out there shouting down liberal Democrats – their only hope of turning their idiotic demands into legislation – it’s pretty much par for the course. These racial activists would rather bathe in their own self-righteousness than actually get anything done.
White liberals should also know when to shut up, says Grair. “Realize that all discussions about race aren’t for you,” she advises. “And be okay with that. Some conversations aren’t for white folks. An anti-racist ally is like a guest at a family dinner. You’re invited to the table, but you should know what conversations require your abstention.”
Again, she seems to miss a fairly obvious point: That these “anti-racist allies” don’t have to accept the dinner invitation at all. She seems to believe that marching and protesting and spewing nonsense online is so intrinsically rewarding that white activists will go to any lengths necessary to stay in the club. And yeah, that’s probably true of the college kids with multi-colored hair who are using these issues to get back and Mom and Dad, but that’s a pretty narrow field of support.
“Recognize that you’re still racist,” she concludes. “White people always benefit from institutionalized racism, no matter how anti-racist your ideologies may be.”
What a peculiar strategy. Who knows, maybe she’s on to something. Maybe we’ll start seeing charities like UNICEF slap donors across the face instead of thanking them for their contributions. Politicians can start criticizing their supporters for not supporting them “in the right way.” Retailers like Walmart could begin refusing service to customers who dare to shop anywhere else.
But probably not, huh?