by A.D Song and Mia McKenzie
White people who are confronted with their white privilege and the white supremacist acts they perpetuate have been known to cry, “You’re being a reverse-racist!” That is completely true: people of color have the power and control to create, perpetuate, and maintain brutal systematic reverse-racism that oppresses white people every day. As such, we have created this handy list on how to continue this oppression.
1. Enslave their bodies.
Ship them from Germany, Sweden, and other exotic countries. Force them to build entire cities, roads, bridges. Force them to plant and harvest all the food everyone eats. Let an entire economic system be built on their backs, with their blood and sweat. Later, deny them access to the system they have been used to build, and accuse them of being extremely lazy.
2. Steal their land.
If they were here before you, steal their land. This is essential. Basically, just go in there and take it. If you have to kill some of them to get it…no worries. If you have to kill almost all of them to get it…shit, no worries. After you steal their land, make sure you create laws to keep them from ever returning to it. If they try to return anyway, build fences, and let bands of POC vigilantes patrol the borders with guns. If they somehow get past the borders and into your country, no worries, you can always just deport them.
3. Enslave their minds.
From these systems, build a long lasting institution of reverse-racism until all the violence and microaggressions make many white people into suspicious people with a lot of internalized self-hatred, health problems, and mental illnesses. Then deny them access to adequate mental health care. Or, adequate health care of any kind, while you’re at it. Cause, you know, fuck ‘em.
4. Wipe out and/or appropriate their customs.
Since many of their customs are savage and unworthy of preserving, wipe out their traditions of eating mashed potatoes and meatloaf, playing miniature golf, buying khakis at Banana Republic, and sleeping with thousand-count Egyptian cotton sheets. For the customs you think are kinda cool, culturally appropriate from them. Sometimes wear a beret and lederhosen, because Swedish culture is really exotic even though it’s inferior to ours.
5. Break their espresso machines.
With baseball bats or large hammers. Or, you know, just unplug them all.
6. Call them “cracker”.
As people of color, we have been rightfully accused of being racist to white people, especially when we call them “cracker”. As we all know, calling them “cracker” is egregiously offensive and horribly shocking because of this long, violent, reverse-racist history.
7. Just keep being terrible to them.
Do everything you can think of to make it so that white people make less money; their children are shot by cops; white women are at higher risk for assault and they are exotified until they no longer seem human; white men are beaten and thrown into jails because they look “suspicious” and “threatening”; they are racially profiled everywhere they go.
8. Make sure most representations of them in the media are negative.
They should almost always be portrayed as pasty, stringy-haired, rhythm-less, sexless, uptight, and booooring. Also, there should be very few representations of them and when they’re portrayed at all, they should always only be the comic relief, the silent exotic sex object, the Debbie Downer, or the incompetent sidekick. They are only allowed to be easily forgettable, one-dimensional character. Sometimes use POC actors in white-face to portray these white people. By presenting this ONE image of them all the time, you will be able to convince the rest of the population that all white people are like this, thus ensuring a widespread belief in their inferiority.
9. Keep telling them how beautiful they are not.
White people know they will never be beautiful with their boring sour cream complexions and blonde hair (that was actually caused because of mutations). Plaster people of color on every magazine, show them in every television show and movie, and praise them as the most beautiful. When white people cry at these injustices, bottle their tears and sell them as health creams for people of color. Nothing like a soothing lotion made from the pain of white folks!
10. Finally, force them underground to become even whiter, albino people while you laugh manically like the cruel, bloodthirsty, oppressive person of color you are. Take their thousand-count Egyptian cotton sheets to make POC-supremacist flags and hoods and march through the streets, spreading fear and terror. Every time a white person thinks your behavior is unfair or wrong, tell them that they should stop being so sensitive. We live in a post-reverse-racial society now. Jeez.
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A.D Song was voted “most likely to be a bitter old cat queen who capitalizes on punching people in the face”. They is a glitter, floral, black pleather-wearing androgyne who experiences repeated hair woes. Ze are really into vegan food, DIY, glitter, combat boots. She is not interested in your racist, anti-trans*/anti-queer, transmisogynistic, white supremacist ideas; He is a highly allergic & will bite your head off. Fear the yellow peril.
Mia McKenzie is a writer and a smart, scrappy Philadelphian with a deep love of vegan pomegranate ice cream and fake fur collars. She is a black feminist and a freaking queer, facts that are often reflected in her writings, which have won her some awards and grants, such as the Astraea Foundation’s Writers Fund Award and the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award. She just finished a novel and has a short story forthcoming in The Kenyon Review. She is a nerd, and the creator of Black Girl Dangerous, a revolutionary blog.
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lots of people have been asking me about the attawapiskat crisis. every time i have tried, though, i can’t really find the way to without wanting to cry or scream. so i’ll just together a really short recommended reading list.
anyone who is slightly informed about the indian act, the colonial legacy of canada, the state of reservations across this country.
what is really coming to light thanks to this situation and the media attention it has finally garnered after years (yes, years) of asking for assistance, for help isn’t so much the problems certain aboriginal communities in small, northern reserves face - it’s the latent racism, hatred, and spite of a large number of canadians (including many elected officials) are ready to spout at the drop of a hat.
it’s the “why can’t they just live in the south like us” complaints.
it’s the “we gave you money but you don’t know what to do with it so let us handle it” condescending colonization redux.
it’s the “they brought this on themselves because they are uneducated addicts.”
the amount of condescendition, misinformation, and racist vitriol currently found on news website comment forums is nauseating - and i don’t know what to do about it other than try and turn it off. to not read it. to not confront it.
but at the same time i feel like more people need to know and hear these racist statements to understand what native people in canada come up against and are fighting. the leaders of attawapiskat ask the government to provide the housing they promise with the indian act? they shirk their responsibilities. they ask the government to provide access to clean drinkable water that is also promised in the indian act, not to mention the charter of human rights? nah. they declare a state of emergency when they are facing a SECOND winter of living in tents and shacks, entire families huddling together in ramshakle housing in -40 degree weather, around dangerous wood stoves? they get ignored for a month, until a member of parliament published an editorial on the huffington post, and then they get slapped on the wrist. they get blamed.
politicians are talking more about what this says about political parties than what it says about the illusion that all canadians have the highest standard of living in the world. politicians are talking about how this makes them “uncomfortable” to know that hundreds, thousands of people are living in UNLIVEABLE circumstances in their own fucking backyards.
this isn’t politics. this is people’s lived realities. this is people asking for the very basic human necessities. and they aren’t being treated as people, as peers. and as far as i can see, the only reason is because they are native. if that’s not proof that racism is alive and well (hell, even THRIVING) in canada today, i don’t know what is.
- what if they declared an emergency and no one came? by charlie angus - the huffington post (november 21st, 2011)
- attawapiskat’s abandonement crisis by patricia pearson - the huffington post (november 29th, 2011)
- dealing with comments about attawapiskat by âpihtawikosisân (november 30th, 2011)
- attawapiskat vs. gazebos by creekside (december 1st, 2011)
I have never experienced a situation violating more constitutional rights than what is happening on Wall Street right now. No media helicopters, no press, no personal video is being allowed. This, if nothing else, should scare you.
Oh. Let’s try:
- prisons/private prisons/prison labor
- immigrant detention centers
- juvenile detention centers
- slavery/slave trade
- the entire placement of the US-Mexico border
- Patriot Act
- segregated schools/the continued extralegal segregation of schools
- sterilization of women of color and immigrant women
- George Bush declaring war on an idea
- the three-fifths clause
- the fact that raping a black woman during slavery was trespassing, not sexual assault
- lack of universal health care
- racial profiling/racial checkpoints/religious profiling
- the failed Sensenbrenner Bill/Arizona’s SB 1070/banning ethnic studies
- Japanese-American internment camps
- Chinese Exclusion Act/Alien & Sedition Acts
- Brasero Program
- US’s continued existence occupying indigenous land
but maybe you haven’t experienced those things or their legacies. Trust me, there’s more; that was off the top of my head in five minutes, but now I need to go to work.
This doesn’t scare me. I’ve BEEN scared. I’ve also been angry. This shit has been around my whole life.
because unfortunately it seems like a whole lotta people need a reminder of this. your privilege is showing.
— Sharmeen Kahn, in The Whiteness of Green. i pretty much want to quote the entire article, but instead i will encourage you to go read it yourself.