It’s Not the Responsibility of Black People to End Racism
Today I want to talk about something that many of you might feel uncomfortable with. You might feel confused, or angry, or feel like your beliefs are contributing to this problem.
So here it is, it is not the responsibility of black people, or people of color, to end racism.
I don’t know why people don’t understand this simple concept but those who profit most off of the continuing existence of this current system are those who are seeking to prolong it and defend it.
Black and Brown people have been protesting for centuries.
Black and Brown people have also been attacked for protesting this, for centuries.
How can you expect any of this to change if you’re not willing to understand that the system itself and those who defend it are the problem? Yes, that means that a great deal of people who are watching this video right now both directly and indirectly benefit from upholding these racist and discriminatory systems.
You think that would be common sense, but regardless of how common and sensical it might seem at it’s core, many refuse to acknowledge that their skin color has never and will never negatively affect them in life in the same way that black and brown people of color are exposed to from birth.
Racism, and the lingering effects of a racist system, permeate our culture.
When someone rants and screams and yells the “n word” at someone, people can generally interpret that as a racist act, but when someone tells you that their name is a barrier to employment because it “sounds black”, or that they get in trouble at school for wearing their hair in a natural style, people don’t see it as racism or discrimination when in fact, it is racist and discriminatory. These examples most certainly are racist, you just choose to overlook them because it’s “not your problem”.
There’s always been a fundamental difference in how people are treated in this society.
White supremacy is something that many are uncomfortable with acknowledging because when they see it, recognizing or calling it out threatens the system that they benefit from.
It’s up to us as white people to take an active role in fighting against white supremacy and the power structures that enable it in all of its perverse forms.
I know it’s a “CRAZY” concept.
It’s not the responsibility solely of black and brown people to fight the system that historically and systematically has oppressed them.
This has happened since the founding of this country when black people weren’t even seen as human, they were seen as property to be bought, sold, traded, used, and disposed of like cattle.
It’s not enough to claim that you’re not racist if you still end up supporting the existence of a system of discrimination because you benefit from it that ultimately, we, as white people, control because we built the systems.
We built the system when we wrote the constitution.
We built the system when we developed policing.
We built the system when we devised a criminal justice system.
We built the system when we enacted public and private education.
And we built the systems to keep us, as white people, comfortable in a world that we knew would change.
Many of the things that you take for granted whether it be education, medical science, criminal justice, credit, home loans, housing, the layout of cities and urban planning and development, employment, etc., all have deep roots that run parallel to the history of racism in America.
When we talk about tackling racism, we do in fact have to tackle many things that have kept us, as white people, comfortable.