White People Not Getting The Point: A Channel 4 Special (2009)
A documentary special on Jane Elliot and her exercise in teaching 30 adults in the United Kingdom about racism in society, and people who absolutely refused to grasp the point.
these are great examples of white people who do not want to unlearn racism.
they do not want to battle against their white supremacy. they are comfortable being the powers of society. they are comfortable being perpetrators. they are uncomfortable being exposed to their racism. they do not want people of color to feel victims for their differences. but at the same time, they want to be victims, too. hmpf.
the school teacher scared me the most. she was most hardcore about maintaining and defending her racism. and she teaches children! yikes.
This is 99% of white people.
They do this shit on purpose, which is why I’m NEVER talking to them.
I was scrolling through my dash, read this and liked it; carried on thinking a reblog wasn’t necessary given the content of most of the blogs I follow here—I was wrong.
I’ve noticed (for some time now ) that a lot of people who run blogs of the “spirituality/peaceloveunity/new-age/cosmos/positivity” ilk are either entirely delusional or oblivious of their privileged. Not surprising as most of said blogs are run by white people; some who festishize Eastern cultures; others who legitimately have an interest the in the religions/philosophies; even those who post with the intention of highlighting our unifying human condition via optimistic quotes.
Despite their intentions I always find myself hovering over the “unfollow” button or rolling my eyes at whatever it is they’re unwittingly espousing. Below are two screen caps: one that I saw a few posts below this one, that caused me to write this post; and the second is an excerpt of Q&A from a very popular Eastern philosophy inspired blog.
Much like in the video, people who don’t experience racism refuse to see it even when it’s right in front of them. The explanation provided is in itself an assumption. Price difference in dark and light skinned dolls is not isolated to this incident; even the most cursory search can corroborate this.
I get that this blog is all about trying to help people see things through a different scope. Most people who have taken an intro course to Eastern philosophies “gets” what LazyYogi is trying to do here. But at the same time it sidesteps a perfectly good opportunity to truly open peoples eyes to the actual/factual going-ons known as white privilege.
Again, like in the video, this response is turning it on the person calling out the privilege “This must be the reason for your distrust of any who discriminate in terms of such things.”
Watch the video provided in the original post, look at those screen caps, read the commentary in this thread.
I’m not saying that these people are inherently bad people, just using them as examples as to how blind people are to this sort of thing. Even people who run blogs of the aforementioned nature have some of the same mentalities as those in the video.