What Racism Looks Like to Me

If you think voter ID is racist, then I think you are a racist whose racism goes deep down to your innermost assumptions.  Are brown people dumber than you, that they do not know how to get an ID? Are they cut off from society more than you, so that they don’t already have the same ID everybody needs to hold jobs, cash checks, buy a beer, or even get a freaking library card these days?   Stop being racist, and silly.

 

If you are the kind of person who imagines you are a defender of brown people but you routinely also take it for granted that they are housekeepers, maids, lawn service providers, kitchen staff in restaurants, etc. It never ceases to make my jaw just drop in stunned shock when a self described liberal, social justice type says stuff like, “I hear ICE is out there looking for people to pick up so you should give your maids a ride home,” or “Those evil Trump types if they lock the borders down who do you think is going to mow your lawn and clean your toilets.”  WHAT?   Yeah, you make those assumptions and you are the racist, the deeply, bone-in, taking for granted assumptions that are the most insidious.  No wonder you assume everybody else is so bigoted.  You know you are, and of course, you cannot live with the notion that maybe people who disagree with you on political issues are actually not more evil than you but might be less.

 

If you’re the kind of person who assaults 16 year old kids for wearing a red MAGA hat in support of the sitting president, calling the kid the ‘n’ word while you do it, or you make excuses for this sort of violent assault, you are the intolerant, violent, bigoted racist, and a danger to society as well.

If you think the only, or even the main, or even a partial reason there are pro-life women is because they’ve been brainwashed, you are not a feminist. You are a narrow minded fascist who can’t see outside the walls of your own ideology.

 

If you find it ‘confusing’ that an ‘affluent black man’ driving a BMW which sports NRA and the Don’t Tread On Me bumper stickers, you are probably racist and definitely very narrowminded. (Also, historically illiterate as the Gadsden ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flag is not synonomous with Tea Party anyway)

If you are a white lady who says that kind of silliness then defends yourself by claiming it wasn’t about skin-tone (then why’dja bring it up?), but about people voting against their own interests, you are definitely racist, indulging in the worst sort of paternalism, very similar to that held dear by many slave owners in our past. You know, the ones who defended slavery because blacks didn’t know what was best for them and needed whites to care for them?  That’s you.

If you do that, or defend it as reasonable, you’re also more arrogant than you know.  You do not get to determine what is in a total stranger’s best interests based on your foolish assumptions which are entirely grown from your beliefs about his life and well being as determined by what you assume about his life, notions you have which are entirely formed by knowing nothing about him at all except his skin colour.

It is more obvious than you wish that you believe this paternalistic fiction that you know his best interests entirely based on your own prejudices.

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6 Comments

  1. JM
    Posted July 17, 2018 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    Yep. Everything you said is true.
    And something weird that I’ve noticed is that whatever a liberal is accusing a conservative of doing or being is usually the exact thing the liberal is or is doing. I can’t figure out why this is, but it is. It’s puzzling.

    • Headmistress
      Posted July 21, 2018 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

      Projection. It’s projection.

  2. Lisa Beth W.
    Posted July 17, 2018 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Preach it, sister! 🙂
    And also, there is only one race, the HUMAN race.

  3. Posted July 19, 2018 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I have black, Asian, and Hispanic friends, and none of them work in restaurants or as cleaners or landscapers. They are teachers, skilled technicians, computer programmers, office workers, music producers, medical professionals, homeschooling mothers, and veterans.

    Not implying that there’s anything wrong with mowing lawns or scrubbing toilets, either. It’s honest work, and my white-as-paper self has worked as a cleaner before. But I would never presume that a person works in those industries just because they have brown skin.

    • Headmistress
      Posted July 21, 2018 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

      Right? I am so shocked, again and again, by the careless assumptions of people who imagine themselves to be the champions of the oppressed brown skinned people.

  4. Chris
    Posted July 19, 2018 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Exactly this. I try to explain it to some of my well-meaning liberal friends but all they can hear is that I disagree with them. We can’t have a real conversation. Anyone that assumes someone can’t or shouldn’t do something because of their skin color is not the open-minded and tolerant person they claim to be.

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