Unintentional racist trying to be anti-racist

ES-baker-beachEric Peterson,
San Francisco, CA.

If I tell people I’m white and I’m racist, they might picture someone dressed in white sheets and a pointed hat or donning swastika tattoos. Most white people wouldn’t assume I’m racist based on my behavior and my interactions with people of color, but I know it’s in there. I know I’m contributing to perpetuating racist social, political, and economic systems and institutions when I step out and acknowledge the privileges I have, my access to power and resources, simply because of how I look and how that relates to history. It doesn’t matter if I don’t commit overtly racist acts or consciously entertain racist thoughts (or even if my ancestors weren’t the ones committing genocide to appropriate this land and it’s resources), I still benefit and contribute to racism unless I consciously make efforts to fight against that racism. I’m doing my best, but I’m still struggling with the contradictions.

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  • Michael Dupray

    Amen to that brother. How does one white guy explain this to other “non racist” white folks? How does one explain the Black Lives Matter protest at the Seattle Bernie convention?

 

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