Jeff Charles is a freelance writer specializing in politics, issues of race and law enforcement.He is the founder of Artisan Owl Media.
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(Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series gaining traction on social media. Today, we feature the first five of these nonsensical suggestions.)
People on the left have been sharing a graphic over social media that gives white people ten different ways they can “reject their white privilege.” How helpful! This list is apparently designed to help white people become “woke” allies (aka people who understand minority struggles) and therefore aid the oppressed in their efforts.
Apparently, if whites follow the tips on this list, they will become better people. Let’s take a look at just the first five today – so as not to overwhelm you with such sage advice. Now you, too, can become enlightened.
- Take up minimal space during anti-racism dialogues and protests.
So how would this even work? Are white people supposed to stand off in the corner while everyone else demonstrates and engages in the conversation? Are they expected to curl up into the fetal position so they can make more room for non-whites?
It is interesting that minorities would want to marginalize the white people who agree with them. Is this going to encourage more white people to stand with them in their fight against injustice?
- Stop contributing to gentrification and calling it “urban development.”
Yes, let’s not transform dilapidated neighborhoods into places that people would want to visit. That would be horrific. Minorities complain about the state of their communities and blame racism for keeping them trapped in deteriorated neighborhoods. But they also don’t want anyone to help them fix these areas. This is the type of asinine thinking that is prevalent among so-called social justice warriors.
- Listen when people call you on your microaggressions.
This is a classic leftist tactic that is designed to keep whites and others who disagree with the enlightened ones silent while they hurl false accusations of racism. Whites are expected to stay silent when a person of color accuses them of being racist. If they voice any disagreement whatsoever, they are automatically labeled as a racist.
The idea of microaggressions is an essential component of the victimhood culture. People overreact to the slightest offense even if the offense was unintentional.
Yes, white people can make mistakes and say offensive things, but the same could be said of minorities as well. Everyone makes mistakes. Stifling opportunities for dialogue by silencing opposing views is not the way to make progress.
- Never invite people of color to the table for the sake of claiming diversity.
Does this mean that we should get rid of affirmative action now? Should we not invite people of different cultures and backgrounds to the table? This is one of the rallying cries of the left. They talk at length about how we need more diversity in our schools, businesses, and political discourse. And yet, when whites try to promote diversity, they are told they are simply disingenuous.
This mentality is putting whites in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation.” You would think social justice warriors would be happy that the so-called white power structure is giving them what they want. Instead, they just use their acquiescence as another reason to call them racists. It seems that social justice warriors and their ilk wish to remain in a perpetual state of struggle. They want to be able to cry racism even when whites show that they are not racists.
- Refrain from using your non-white friends as your “urban dictionary.”
Does anybody do this? As a black man, I have had white friends and acquaintances ask me questions about black culture. Sometimes I get questions about black slang. I never felt that they were using me as an “urban dictionary.” They were only trying to learn. This should not be seen as a negative thing.
I have often asked people of other cultures about their language and customs because I am fascinated by individuals who are different from myself. I was never told that my questions were offensive or racist. Why? Because learning about people is not offensive — unless you’re a social justice warrior who thinks everything is offensive.
The first five points on this list are examples of the damage a victimhood culture can cause. A person with a victim identity is always offended. They are always oppressed. They see nothing but their victimhood. When people are offended in perpetuity, it becomes impossible to please them. You cannot satisfy someone who does not want to be satisfied.
The reason this mentality is such a huge issue is because it ensures that the tension will never subside. It feeds on the assumption that white people are always the oppressive villains. Not only does this type of thinking harm the victim, it also makes it harder to work towards actual healing. We will never make progress until people are willing to converse honestly about these issues.
(Tomorrow part two part of this series featuring the final five leftist ways to make an even greater mess out of race relations. A read you most definitely won’t want to miss.)
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