Many of my white friends have become Radicalized

What do white people got to be so angry about? ~ Chris Rock

A while back ago I spoke in great pain on how I’m losing friends fighting racism.  I talked about how one can have friends (white) who will invite you (black person) to a Christmas dinner, but will engage in vehicular manslaughter when it comes to Black Lives Matter protesters.  What I didn’t really discuss was this radicalization process among the white community in America which makes such violent ideas possible.

Radicalization?  You probably never really took a look at it. You’re probably wondering what am I talking about.  Radicalization?  What radicalization?

Radicalization of the White American

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To the left is a photograph I took of a white woman, bowing down to Donald Trump during the Tucson Trump rally in March 2016.

The put this into perspective, I do a lot of political/protest rallies as a street photographer.  Out of the thousands of photos I’ve ever taken, I never seen anything like this in a political rally before in my life.  The crazy thing about this photo is the fact that it was difficult to get anything like this.  You see, the photography is tightly controlled in a Trump rally.  They are NOT media friendly.  The bigger take away here is the fact that this is is categorically odd to capture at a political rally.

As Donald Trump continued to validate the claims of white supremacists, Americanized Nazis, and other racists, I always think of this photo.  When Richard Spencer held an Americanized Nazi rally in Washington D.C. and mainstream (whitestream?) media attempted to romanticize the alt-right, I thought of this photo.

I think of this photo a lot.  As a black abolitionist, I never really stop to think about what does white supremacist ideologies and propaganda feels like to a white person.  When it comes to that question this photo says plenty.

The structure and ideologies of white supremacy must be very comfortable.  I would imagine that it feels good to know that you are infinitely above suspicion when it comes to any form of social deviance, including crime.  It probably feels soothing to know that no matter what, a white person will NEVER have to answer for the behavior of other whites.  I’ll go as far as suggesting that white people may get a sad level of satisfaction in hearing non-white people talk, discuss, protest all these things that nonwhites suffer from due to white supremacy.  To hear that for example, people in Africa and Asia engage in skin bleaching to look like you — the white person — may be the source of a sick level of pride.  Yes, we never think of it as people of color.  But the notion that people in Asia actually go through elective surgery and cut their eyes open to look more white probably fuels a cold-blooded smirk of satisfaction inside of many white people as a whole.

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Sure, to a black person this level of pride is sick and disgusting.  But to a white person, all of this — white supremacy, white privilege, white defaultness — is simply, the way.  All of this is simply the way things are.  While these things are largely invisible in (white) American society, these things are in fact known and understood.

Being that these things are understood by white America, imagine if a person comes by who promise to practically, maintain and rejuvenate white supremacy?  What happens when you have websites dedicated to taking the job of J. Edger Hoover, slandering those who are oppressed?  What happens when you have mainstream media forever anglicizing  white criminals, all while demonizing black victims of crime?  What happens when the government who remained callous to minority drug offenders began softening up laws when heroin strikes white neighborhoods?  What happens when whites are allowed to have guns, but nonwhites are not?

What takes place is a caste system within a society.  Currently, America is NOT one reality for all.  You cannot argue that we live in an equal society if a police officer can murder me and attempt to place false evidence by my body, and not be convicted.

White Radicalization is a Reality

With an intricate collective of white supremacist websites, blogs, message board forums and conservative pundits, glued together with conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns (which guides stupid whites into kinetic action), we are now facing a moment in modern history where white people are now becoming radicalized into white supremacy at an alarming rate.  Where a man named Barry Goldwater campaigned as a blatant white supremacist and failed, Donald Trump did the same and succeeded.  Nazis think they can wear suits and nice haircuts and do Nazi salutes downtown Washington D.C.

Some of the friends I’ve lost, the white ones, now dance with the devil when it comes to the white radicalization process.  I’ve noticed this when Obama was in office.  One white male I’ve known for the Army years had a friend call me an Obama lover, which contextually sounds like nigger lover.   Honestly, the guy is so stupid it’s not a serious loss. Other white friends ROUTINELY share racist, bigoted propaganda on social media, with them actually taking refuge in racism, saying things with a false sense of shielding sarcasm, like:

“…but that would make me racist huh?”

“I’m gonna have to be racist…”

“….race baiting…”

If you were to look at the social media accounts of these radicalized white men, you’d think that American police forces are infallible, devoid of corruption — but federal (non-conservative) politicians are full of lies and deception.  The list could go on.

Years ago, I wrote this one column I called the Four Fears.  The Four Fears were a set of fears I believe what drives white anxiety concerning white privilege and race relations as a whole.  At the end of this old column I stated that whites will either realize that diversity isn’t a bad thing and we are all the same regardless, or they will radicalize and fight tooth and nail to maintain white privilege and restore white supremacy.  I fear we are now looking at the latter.

America will talk all day about radical Islam and radical black speakers and writers.  No one ever thinks to talk about white radicalization, which is a unique danger we’ve seen on this planet before.

Anyway, I do believe that there should be a discussion on this white radicalization process taking place.  That conversation will have to be brutally honest.  If this discussion doesn’t take place, feel free to catch up on fascism, because it’s what follows next.

 Photography Credit: Johnny Silvercloud
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Written by Johnny Silvercloud

The Soul Brother #1 of a Kind. Consequentialist street photographer abolitionist writer/speaker who stands for any oppressed peoples. I do it because every man and woman deserves freedom of thought -- especially black folks.

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    1. Anything regarding Whites of who we like, admire, hate, love or despise is the business of only Whites and have nothing of your concern. You are not part of our people and have no right to comment on us as we have no right to comment on how you live your lives.

      If each of our lifestyles impact on each other’s territory then voicing an objection is warranted other than that mind your own yard.

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      1. “…only Whites”? I think what you really mean “whites only”. Go ‘Seig Heil’ somewhere else dude. There are a lot of us interested in living in a just and diverse society where everyone is treated equally.

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    2. This is a great article. I think no one is talking about white radicalization because it never went away. It was white radicalization that colonized America and still continues to treat POC’s unfairly, native american’s unfairly, refugees unfairly, gays unfairly, trans people unfairly, etc. It’s mostly white males that shoot up schools. I think there is a religious element to the whiteness that is part and parcel of the whole thing, if you look at history. We still have religion on our money! In 2017!

      I love diversity and all the beautiful things it brings to my life, but I know many who do as you described. I’m afraid of the world they will make. I don’t want to travel backwards in time. I’d also like to say there are radicalized white people fighting for other things too like for refugees, Black Lives Matter, fighting DAPL, and more. Sadly, we don’t appear to be the majority of white people, but we are here and we are growing. There are white people who want to be citizens of the world and include everybody. There are white people who also lose friends when we stand our ground against our white friends who say things like “obama lover” and “but that would make me racist”. We have to stand our ground with other white people and say this is not okay, rather than standing in line politely while another white person verbally rips another race to shreds over stupid shit. Standing by politely is not polite. It’s not polite to listen to racially divisive bullshit and not stick up for the people being picked on.

      We are here and fighting and we are trying to make more of us. We would like to see inclusive people be the majority, whatever color they are. We don’t want to say, “you, but not YOU.” We want everybody in the world to be part of the world. I apologize for not being loud enough or sweeping enough, but I work every day to fight against, “you, but not YOU” in our society. I argue about it all the time. I think we are getting louder and we are growing and we will keep working until this fight is over. We know we are the white people who have to interrupt other white people and get them to think about how the world could be different if they could just let go of all that hate. It doesn’t make sense. It never did. This is 2017! It’s amazing to me that we are all still fighting about these basic things such as rights for everybody. It boggles the mind that we have not matured past it. The fight isn’t over for some of us until it’s over for all of us. I hope that makes sense. Blessings to you and thank you for your article.

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  1. I am a white man of Latin American decent. You are absolutely right about this and it is really sad. I think it’s important to realized that many people are susceptible to being radicalized and often can be radicalized to do things against their own values. For example someone in a cult who kills themselves. You would feel bad for that person not hate them right? While I think it is important to keep the government’s feet to the fire through all the movements going on I also think it is important not to assume that everyone who is radicalized has no hope of changing. The more I see what’s happening the more I think communication with the other side is important. Trump succeeds by dividing the nation and we don’t win by strengthening that division. I am relieved that the campaign is over so we can come back together against the real enemy in front of us.

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    1. Communication is NOT the answer! Fighting fire with fire is.

      What have communication,open-mindedness and forgiveness ever gotten people of color? White oriole want to tell black peoples to live like Christians while they DON’T.

      Christianity is not for people of color; it brainwashes them into allowing white people to continue to behave like animals and barbaruans towards us as we continually forgive and try to work with people who are operating on imperialistic principles – and will thus NEVER change, no matter how sincere they appear to be.

      Even those whites who aren’t hate group members will ask in the comfort that white supremacy has afforded them. If you KNOWINGLY live off of a bank robber’s spoils, you are the same as the bank robber!

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    2. I am a white woman and this is bill shit. I do not feel any of the things in this article… none !!! Who are you to think that is how we feel. I was a very young mother and had to beg to get financial help because I was white I got denied over making 2 dollars more than the cut off for food stamps. I do not see color as who a person is. I see how you treat the ppl around you as a form of judgment. It’s bull for anyone to assume this is how white ppl think … You sound racist .

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      1. Girl, he’s not talking about literally every white person. You need to find your chill here and consider the bigger picture. Lots of white people on this thread not getting all worked up.

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  2. Thank you for this article. It brings me clarity and it has also allowed me to step back and look around and what I see is a war brewing, a war that is white against white. A divide is erupting throughout America between those who stand with us (those of us who have not been radicalized) and those who don’t. I have seen this fault become more violent over the past few weeks and I am beginning to feel its rumble vibrate through my bones and shake my heart. Friends and family are being torn apart by this, people are leaving jobs they once loved, neighbors are becoming enemies. It is creating a disconnect between us and the lack of reasoning and ability to accept each other only leads to disengagement which leads to resentment and permanent disaffection for each other. I, myself, have felt my heart harden against family, friends, neighbors, and strangers who have voted for and continue to support Trump. We are all his victims and despite my past ability to forgive my enemies for the greater good, this time, I have had enough. I do not know if I am capable of giving forgiveness to those who have committed acts of white hate and I do not mean hate of whites but the kind of pure white hate that only a person of privilege and ignorance could be capable of. This is a dark time for us all.

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  3. I would argue that White Supremacy HAS been identified as a threat against our country. I have friends in the intelligence community who have said that they are already on the terrorist watch lists. From a New York Times article published June 24, 2015, “Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims.” I hope sooner rather than later this truth will become widely known.

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    1. Remember in 2009, the FBI had presented that report stating that home-grown white supremacist organizations were going to be the greatest terroristic danger to the American public going forward, and the right wing lost their damn minds? And the FBI and federal government were forced to issue an apology and rescind the report? Yeah.

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      1. As a white person I think you are full of shit. Me, my family and friends think that white supremacists are disgusting. Your whiteness does not make you better than anyone else.

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    2. Sadly, facts don’t appear to matter. When Drumpf can claim that the attacks by a White Nationalist Terrorist against Muslims were evidence of good reason to prevent Muslims from entering the USA, facts are irrelevant.

      It is time to call out Terrorism for what it is. These are not Lone Wolves (heroic language, there). They are people who are radicalized by groups (including some churches) who nurture their fears and aggression, transforming them into White Supremacist Terrorists. It is a process indistinguishable from that which nurtures fears and aggression in young Muslims to become Radical Islamic Terrorists.

      We’ve been fighting the wrong enemy for decades. Our racism towards the world leads to 9/11, so we fight even more in ‘crusades’, fomenting hate with our bombs. They strike back with their nurtured Radicals. That bolsters fear and racism even more so that we increase our numbers of White Supremacist Terrorists…. it is now a cycle of violence, and lies will perpetuate it indefinitely? Egad, what have we done by never coming to grips with our racist slave-based economic development of the 18th and 19th Century?

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  4. “Especially Black Folks” You could not be more racist yourself. Your type of writing and false interpretations spinning incidents and imagery to fit your agenda is sickening. You are narrow minded by thinking because others don’t think or believe the way you do makes them racist. You are the intolerant. You are the hateful. You are the inciter. You are looking in a mirror writing this. This is YOU, not whites or Trump supporters. Most whites are mixed with all kinds of DNA making them from all over the world so calling whites in general as racist is laughable. Trump supporters are also mixed of people of all colors and beliefs that love America and want to protect her. Neither groups are out there destroying other peoples property or beating people up, its you, and your groups doing those violent acts. So, when you use the word radicalized, apply it appropriately, to those that are behaving in a radical way, such as BLM, and radical Islam. And wake up, those groups are the ones mind-F’ing you and using you and all those people that they recruit to do these radical acts. They dont care about you, they only care about thier agenda.

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    1. You, sir… Your way of thinking, your ego, your self-entitlement, and defensiveness of this very accurate article; IS NOT AMERICAN. You are everything America IS NOT. You are exactly what White Supremacy stands for.

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    2. Just like BLM or Farrakhan, this is your opinion and other Black Americans, that spend there time killing each other, and burning down there own neighbor’s it’s funny if as Black man stands up and speaks out he is labeled a proud black man, but when a white man stands up he is a racist, I am a human I work with all men equally,I’ve been a best man at my black friends wedding we both shared meals together I’m a mix of all and see hate on both sides, but I believe people like to live in the past and regurgitate,
      Crap from the past, I know none of my family owned slaves, we may have been slaves, but we don’t go out and hate anyone, were as proud as you are, but not able to show it because of labeling and then you come along and say were all supremacists, and you don’t have a clue .

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    3. Wow–an immediate example of what the author was talking about. Also, he has a well thought-out and cogent argument–you, on the other hand, not so much.

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    4. Written like a true Trump supporter. If you think the author was talking about all whites, then the shoe must fit. Trump surrounds himself around white nationalists and racists such as Bannon and Sessions, but you turn a blind eye to it. YOU look in the mirror first. There wouldn’t be a BLM movement or protests if innocent blacks weren’t being killed. WHY is there a KKK??? I’ve noticed that more and more racist whites such as yourself want to play the victim and be the oppressed when you’re far from it.

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    5. This author is right, a white man walked into a mosque the other night and killed 6 Muslims and injured 5 Muslims, in a Mosque for goodness sake. If you don’t call the 27 yr old guy a radical white guy then what is he? I call him a terrorist, I also call all the white males shooting up schools, malls, colleges, etc. terrorists. Is that ok? What word is it that you have issue with? Wouldn’t you agree that these people are deranged murderers, or rather, serial killers? Who the heck cares what these waste products are called? I don’t get your anger, oh, and I’m white too, just so you know. You want to call them honkeys???

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    6. Its funny how only white people are rioting, picketing and marching about Trump…. Lets talk about when whites, mostly youngsters, tear up cars and building and such just for winning ball games. If you do your research you will find that there has been far more of these incidents then there were for BLACK CIVIL RIGHTS UPRISINGS. …… Please do your research!!!!!

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      1. Come on, did you even Google trump protests? There are people of every race in every picture shown. Research? talk about ravens and crows, what a tool.

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    7. He has a point in regards to what is happening right now. My belief as to why it is happening is different. When white folk use the term race baiting it’s not pointing out only one particular race of people doing the baiting. Your getting white people band together for the only fact that they believe due to social media and politics that people of colour think all white people are racist. So of course in my opinion calling every white person you know racist because they happen to support trump whom I might add stand behind his daughter who when she became married took on the Jewish faith. As far as I remember white supremacy frowns on that to hence the devoted hitler tattoo they proudly flaunt in jail lol. I’m not going to say I’d ever vote for him because I would of NEVER voted for him. But the unfortunate facts are all this your racist for voting for trump is deviding the country. Because I’ve witnessed some people outright call their friends racist by saying you would of probably voted for trump too. Why because I’m white. … it’s dividing people. Everyone should 100% support their black friends for black lives matter and Muslim friends against the discrimination because of groups like Isis. So make Muslim religion a race because it isn’t plenty of white looking people are Muslim too. And to point out a fact most of the hatred and support is only going towards Muslims of colour. So ya racism does exist that’s a fact. On the same note white is a race and you can still be racist even if you are not white. I’m from Canada and in my opinion denying anyone the right to voice their greviences is wrong. It’s getting ridiculous. But calling everyone under the sun a racist is defeating the purpose, most people are not racist they are just misguided, ignorant or sheltered against other cultures and their histories. The writer here I feel is expressing his frustration with the reality that is occurring. People that displayed compassion prior to the trump election, now feel they no longer need too because someone told them to not feel guilty for their privledge. No one said feel guilty for your privledge, all anyone wanted was for the privledged to understand why they need to stand up for Everyone in their community. I get it completely, I just think that in order to get a bee to understand why it should not sting you, you have to guide it away towards a flower instead of swatting it. Swatting only creates so much anger it’ll take it’s only life to sting you once.

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    8. Um, WOW. destroying people’s property? Beating people up? Please site your source for this. You’ve conveniently left out white boys constantly shooting places and people up. But cool. Yeah, it’s black people’s fault. *eye roll*

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  5. Thank you for your article, and for the photo, which is now seared in my memory too, as it should be.

    For those seeking a group which has been attempting to address this issue for many years through the courts, I recommend the Southern Poverty Law Center. https://www.splcenter.org/ No group can do everything, and this group moves slowly and deliberately, gathering and reporting information about hate groups, creating educational materials for teachers and police departments, and fighting (and winning) against the KKK in court.

    I think that at this time in our history we need to act both strategically and with speed.

    Here’s how we will be set against each other, over and over: pressure on one group will cause it to act in their interests against the interests of another group. Blaming and hatred ensue. We will need to find common cause with the bulk of Trump’s supporters to get the Bannon Administration out of power. The more we splinter ourselves, even for reasons that are just, the weaker we are.

    Common cause against an existential threat will make for strange bedfellows, but we need to sort that out later.

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    1. SPLC is just another agitprop communist group. Would’ve never been allowed if the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) was still around.

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      1. If that’s the case, we should bring McCarthy-era philosophies back too. That way I can just unfoundedly accuse you of not being textbook American, and now your life is thrown into upheaval. Great thinking there, buddy! We need more Americans like you!

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      2. HUAC was one of the worst things any Congress has ever done. They KNEW they had no authority to actually punish anyone for their political ideology but still ruined lives by innuendo and blacklisting. HUAC and, later, McCarthy should be viewed as two of the great shames of America.

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  6. Most definitely the latter. Here’s a white male who is ready for the fight against these Neo- Nazis. As someone who fought the skinheads in the U.K., I recognize the rhetoric. This is going to more than just a battle with them. This country is headed for some serious dialectic swings in politics.

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      1. I’m a white American and I see these nut bags for what they are. It’s like the KKK took over the government and I’m just sitting here going WTF? Who’s voting for these fuckers? I can’t believe it’s my own damn neighbors? I think my fellow Americans are broken, they lost something these last few years that made them whole because they’ve gone to the wrong side on things.

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  7. There was a conference in Quebec City last fall about radicalization: http://en.unesco.org/ConfQcUNESCO/home

    Apparently the mayor of Quebec City for up and claimed there was no radicalization going on in his city, but it was good to be vigilant.

    Meanwhile, deradicalization organisations were doing a lot of interventions with at-risk white men tending towards neonazi groups. The CBC was doing a series of quebec’s far right. Vice finished a video about the problem last week and scheduled it for today. And then there was the terrorist attack this weekend.

    Quebec is just waking up to the problem. The experts have been talking about it for years; society is finally catching up.

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    1. and then 4 days ago a radical white terrorist walked into a Quebec City mosque and killed 6 people praying…….

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    2. Lol… You’re putting faith in UNESCO? That’s a globalist one world gov’t group. Better yet, you bring up CBC. Canadian globalist shills are calling for Gov’t funding of CBC and other mainstream media b/c they are all failing financially whilst they shamelessly shill for globalism. That’s like enacting Ministry of Truth from 1984.

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  8. As a white person, I really get irritated when people tell me to tolerate the stuff trump is saying about other races. I will not tolerate this at all. I decided to cut a friendship off that I’ve had since I was 13 years old because she is slightly, and I mean slightly, radicalized in my eyes. Even though she is such a good Christian and all this. But I don’t care I don’t want that kind of person in my circle and I don’t want to contribute to Co/creating suffering with others and me just sitting there listening to her cut down protests and saying that she thinks refugees are taking her tax dollars, it’s disgusting. I think she just doesn’t love herself and I think that’s with all these radical whites. So like a bully they project that on to a “perceived weaker group” and they feel the power…the power/voice they never had. So sad, disgusting and mean/evil!

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    1. So you’re all for diversity and stuff except when it comes to diversity of opinion, eh? Your words make it sound like YOU are the one that is forcing your views and portraying them as hers.

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      1. Marc, there is no tolerance for bigotry. Bigotry is not just a difference of opinion. Bigotry is wrong. There is no gray area here.

        Being intolerant of racism and bigotry does not make one “intolerant”. It makes one “moral”.

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      2. Nope. They are stating that they will not accept another person’s racism or ignore it. Why is it so hard for you to understand? I can disagree with people who have different opinions and still be friends with them. I cannot, under any circumstances ignore or accept someone’s blatant racism. I don’t sympathize with Nazi’s.

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  9. I am a white woman. What I see is someone bowing to someone she sees to be a savior. I have gotten this feeling that some whites see Trump as a savior, more as a king than a president, just by reading comments on political posts on Facebook. It’s appalling. It’s all pure psychological mind games that Trump and his cronies are playing. They found an itch, and they scratched it. I live near Detroit, and my suburb used to be 97% white when we moved here to be near my husband’s job, but it has changed a lot. White people in our suburb who have not been able to move out because of those changes are ripe for what Trump seems to promise to them, a return of the way things “used to be” when things were “safer” because these brown-skinned people and people who weren’t Christian stayed the hell away from them. It’s really sad. I find my neighbors on either side, a single black man on one side and a black family of 3 on the other side, to be great neighbors. Living in a more diverse neighborhood, I have come to see that the people moving in from Detroit are doing so to make a better life for their families, which is what we all want, right? Yet, some white people in this community see that as a threat. We also have a vibrant Muslim community in nearby Dearborn. I read a comment recently where a woman said that all Muslims just want to come to America so they don’t have to work and can get a business for free. She’s obviously never been to Dearborn, because the Muslims who live and work there work very hard for what they have. I’ve been treated with kindness by any Muslims I’ve encountered. I’ve learned a lot since living among people of color and people of other religions, but it seems many whites don’t want to change their mindsets. That’s where Trump comes in. Looking back, I can see that this “movement” of his has stretched back a long way, back to the beginnings of the rivalry between Fox News and the rest of the mainstream media. They have consistently told people that they are fair and balanced and told their listeners that the rest of the news is biased to the point that now all of these white people believe that the media is lying to them (except for FoxNews). So trying to persuade people with facts posted by mainstream news sites gets nothing but the cry, “That’s FAKE NEWS.” You can’t convince them otherwise. I had a friend on Facebook post a video of all the negative things Kellyanne Conway said about Trump before she worked for him, and one of her friends insisted it was a fake video. Kellyanne could NOT have said any of that! It’s fake! And then the kicker, “Get over it! TRUMP RULES!” OMG. They really worship him and can’t see anything wrong with him. I’m really worried about the direction our country is headed, and yes, I’ve been radicalized the opposite way. Keep pointing out what needs to be pointed out.

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    1. This has the potential to be a great article. I’m disappointed that you lumped all white people together. I am a white woman. I know who these people are. They are not me or my friends. I hadn’t called them radicalized, but you are absolutely correct. I have old school friends that fit into the general mold of the trump supporter some are Christians (I use the word loosely) but there are others that are off the chart, “God, guts, and guns made us free.” By “us” they mean white people. These are the ones you’re talking about. I used to just call them rednecks, but no more. These people scare me and I think every needs to take a close look at them. These people watch nothing but fox. I watched it the other day and I understand them better than before. They live in an alternate universe. Not all white people are radicalized and not all trump supporters are radicalized. These people like to call themselves the alt-right; I say let’s call it what it really is, Neo-Nazi’s. The good news is that we had a low voter turnout so less than 25% of the population voted for him. The Neo-Nazi’s among them is a small percentage also, it just doesn’t feel like that because they all spew the same garbage as our government is spewing right now. One more thing I would like to add is that most white people do not feel flattered when women of different races try to look white. I personally think dark skin, all shades from many different races, is beautiful and I love the slanted eyes of the Asians. So white people lay in the sun to get the darkest tan possible. Why do you suppose that is? Women line their eyes to make them look elongated and more slanted. Once again why?

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  10. This isn’t new at all. This has been there since colonialism. That’s why no one is talking about. White’s like to deny, and or not talk about the white supremacy and institutionalized race based oppression still deeply seeded in every part of American society. The word Radicalization means it has gotten worse which it hasn’t, it has just become more hidden.

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    1. Sorry, we’ll need Examples of “white supremacy and institutionalized race based oppression deeply seeded in every part of American society”… Now remember, you said EVERY part of American society.

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      1. Why? . . . And if someone actually gave you examples of a list of examples of institutionalized racism would likely be:
        (1) deflect
        (2) deny
        (3) whitesplain

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      2. Hit up the library Marc.
        If you Do your homework, you will see it’s not hard factual information to find.
        The idea the responsibility to sight facts is mine? Well, it’s frustrating. For,all I must do, is walk out my front door. Or speak with my grandparents, or my students.
        We’ll be here once you decide to be curious enough to learn about an experience that is different from yours. Instead of trying to erase it. It’s not erasable. It won’t go away until it’s dealt with. So…
        See ya on the flip side, Marc.

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  11. A big part of the problem is how much the history of black oppression has been suppressed in this country — almost to the point of being invisible. I think some whites get angry because they truly have no idea how bad things were (legitimately evil, really) and how far the problem goes. It’s almost impossible to see how deeply this history is embedded in our culture and institutions unless you’re aware of it and know to look for it. I remember hearing and not understanding that until I worked in a college where whites were the minority and I was exposed to the experiences of my students and colleagues. An entire world was revealed to me. Prior to the Internet, there was some excuse for whites to be ignorant about these things because, again, you’d have to know to look for them. But today it’s all out there in the form of articles, blogs, tweets, etc. It’s painful and even horrifying to accept that these things are real and that they’re still going on today. But they are.

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    1. Aaaaaaaaaand it was the Democrats who were the party of black oppression. Still are b/c of their reliance on identity politics.

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      1. God, that belies such a fundamental misunderstanding of American history. You realize that people that the map basically switched colors right? It’s essentially the same racist populations that were racist democrats that are now radical republicans. The Christian vote is more complex, but it just sounds like you are clueless about any of this. Just read about it. And Dinesh D’souza is arguably even dumber than Alex Jones, so try elsewhere.

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  12. The return of nationalistic compassionate conservatism is worrying indeed. I’d plea for a more refined approach, looking beyond skin tone, and define this response in terms of psychology and ability. That is, any group that deviates from the mean could be approached with a intent of conflict rather than cooperation. Look at how highly gifted people are being treated: Schools ignore their needs (although they love to show of with the exceptional academic performance they can achieve), and they are not accepted in society because of their differing world view and moral standards. This is regardless of heritage. Black, white, Indian, American, boy or girl. In all communities, you are facing a tough time (although harder in some than in others). I’d expect this to carry over to any minority: LGBT, disabled, religious. If you are not a white heterosexual American of average ability, you are likely to belong to a minority.
    The claimed tendency of radicalization (which I do not refute, but I’d love to see some actual scientific valid evidence) would imply a shift in the attitude of that majority. No longer would the minorities be tolerated, but the strongest bully of the school yard now wants our lunch money. Strength comes in numbers after all. And how do we reason with this bully with a million heads (which is what the author seems to be asking)? Not by telling him or her that we don’t like this, that its ruining the school yard, that the nerds are being hurt, that the not so popular girls are offended. That won’t work. We’d need the rule of law, the principal so to speak, to step up. But at the moment, even the principal is getting beat up by the bully!
    I am skeptical about the future. Either one of the small kids steps up, and shows that technique and attitude beats raw strength, or this school is done for. So, who is going to be the small smart kid?

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  13. I’ve always observed this and asked what is essentially white and non threatening or demeaning to other non white cultures? And why is it vilified or undermined by the media and the political machine? This article points out an important aspect of white identity, there seems to be nothing else to hold it at its core but racial hatred and that’s not natural. Our White dominated Society as it is shaped sensationalizes everything from a racial point of view and we are now witnessing thanks to information that whites coming from an homogenized background struggle to find value in their own whiteness. They are fed an idea of resistance to outsiders as opposed to pride in authentic genuine white identity. Being a Nazi or a KKK member is not white identity, yet that’s what they are encouraged to grab onto by those fortunate enough to know better. Their vacuum of identity is filled with fear and until their attempt at normalizing white extremism is met with practical dismantling with alternative but racially empowering steps of identity building they will only remain stagnant.

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  14. You made me think. We also see what is meaningful to ourselves. I also saw the election as the fight to bring back a patriarchal society. President Obama is black and also a feminist. Yes, men can make better feminists then some women who want a father figure and the believed protection of being cared for under a man. Many voters choose a patriarchal leadership system since they have been indoctrinated into patriarchy from birth…their churches, institutions and families all drill this message as familiar. Voters didn’t choose an egalitarian society since it’s easier to think one person can fix it all. Trump pounded in the fear of God in people and riled up their patriarchal beliefs. He has people convinced he will be the supreme leader. That is how he will continue to rule. It’s fear and it’s being played out as racism and sexism. Divide and conqer is his tactic and we his pones. We, who want equality, are the “enemy”. Simple minded folks, like the woman in your photo, ate it up like medicine. It’s snake oil, but only some of us can see it. How do we get on top of the message and change perception that living in an egalitarian society benefits us all? I think the more radical we get with our message, the more we will create the same on the other side. We need to be very careful. It has to be thoughtful and positive because people right now don’t want to hear the truth. Call white people racist and they will give you many reasons why you are wrong. Round and round we go. The billon dollar question, how do we change perception while bringing people together and at the same time not alienating those who are on the same side? We have no time to fight amongst ourselves. The wolf is inside the door.

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    1. White people aren’t racist -most of them- but we happen to have the better deal in a society where institutionalized racism runs deep. And we are not aware of it, it’s just the way it is. Always has been.
      Obama in office has broken the status quo and made people feel that “they” (i.e. non-whites) are taking over.

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  15. This is a great piece and echoes many of the fears lurking in our heads about America’s future. Trump’s administration is the stuff of nightmares, I think we need to reject everything they say and do that puts the rights of non-whites, LGBTQ and other minorities at risk.

    But we also need to start being honest, rational and compassionate with the other side. America as an already a diverse nation, not the white supremecists that the media so loves to portray them as. We need to start talking about race from a more neutral standpoint. Discussions framed around “white privilege” and “white nationalism” only divide us further, possibly dirving whites to tribalize and become the very thing we’re most afraid of.

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    1. I just made a comment echoing your words here. I’m white and I’m terrified of the Trump administration and their racist agenda. The only way we win, is if we can do it together. We need to push back against this hateful, divisive, racist movement together – with unity, understanding, respect and compassion for one another.

      As a white woman, raising 2 young daughters I am fighting sexism and trying to teach my girls about dissent, feminism, women’s rights. I want to try to understand what “white privilege” has given me and my children, so I can speak about it as well. If mothers are teaching their children about these very real issues, we have a fighting chance of changing the next generation.

      I feel like I need to dismantle it. It’s complex. It wasn’t in my face as a daily reminder, much of it isn’t “obvious” to me as this author seems to assume. But look at me…I’m here trying to learn.

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    1. Thanks for posting that! I have personal experience with this, though not in a rural area. The problem is always where you get your information and who you trust to give you accurate information. When I was a new mom, I got involved with MOPS, a local Christian mother’s group. Even though I was an Episcopalian, as I started being more involved in Christianity, I started listening to a right-wing Christian radio host because that was really the only Christian programming around to listen to. I came to believe a lot of the right-wing crap this guy peddles. Then, once I was working and didn’t have time to listen to him any longer, I found my brain again. I started thinking critically once more. I started rejecting the values this man held and going back to my more liberal roots. That’s why Trump and his ilk are so dangerous. By eroding the trust that rural whites and those in rust-belt states had in the mainstream media, they have set themselves up to be the only source of information for these folks. Since they aren’t exposed to anything else (having rejected the other sources as “Fake), they come to believe it.

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  16. Please know for some of us, those things (skin bleaching, plastic surgery for eyes looking wider, not having to answer for other white people’s actions, and white privilege in general) do not bring a sense of satisfaction. To me it brings shame… And it must be infuriating to witness such obliviousness. I don’t know what to say. I am so sorry and I am trying to do my best to fight this sort of thing and call as much attention to it as possible. You weren’t wrong about anything that you wrote. It’s terrible that such racism still exists as prominently as it does in our country. I’m certain this brings little solace to you but I wanted you to know that there are people out there that really do want to live in a multi-cultural, open and diverse society without discrimination. We admittedly might be in the minority of white people, but we are out there. Wishing you and your family much love ❤

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  17. It isnt a racial issue. It is a non moral and idividual person issue. Everybody has a choice to do the right things before they do bad. Nobody is happy with their appearance so they change to what they think is their ideal appearance. Whites have stores they go into to make themselves darker. Ladies get ass lifts and tummy tucks. It isnt a fitting into a race its low confidence and self esteem. Obviously if that chick is worshiping Trump it is because she needs someone to idolize. Everyone knows that any media can take an innocent picture and make it appear in a different light. Everyone needs to quit being a victim . we are all one race. Human.

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  18. I blame it on social media, the mainstream media, and especially Fox News, which prints and incites non-thinking whites to behave this way. Call me crazy, but in this age of information, there is a such thing as TOO much. And too much, too often, piled one on top of the other, into the minds of people who don’t want to think too much, or process too much, is not always a good thing. Add to it that we’re turning out gobs of schooled kids who are NOT taught to think critically…who are NOT taught to just go & sit with it for awhile, digest it….and you have a recipe for too much.

    I generally see people with their heads buried in their phones, tablets, or with head phones on. Tuning out the world with noise. Their brains never get a chance to turn-off, tune-out, disengage from the constant stream of information. Think about it.

    Then they go home and watch pundits and blabber-mouths like Bill “O’Really?” on Fox. Rush Limbaugh. Newt Gingrich. Ann Coulter. TRUMP. These people have done nothing to advance white people’s consciousness. They reinforce their sense of entitlement and blame their state of being on brown people. “The takers” they call them.

    So, as a white woman, I know of what you speak. I’ve watched all of this with a mixture of horror and grief. I want us to move beyond this, and with the election of Trump, we have slid back decades. I’ve had several bouts of bursting into tears because I’m afraid of these mindless, spiteful, vindictive masses who say WE are choosing to not understand where they’re coming from. To which I say, they are blaming all the wrong people for whatever they perceive our country, our society is lacking. And blaming means they don’t want to get involved in remedies, they just want to complain -as if that gets us anywhere.

    I have hope. I know it’s difficult to maintain a glimmer of it. The paradigm-shift I’ve been waiting for may take a bit longer than I had originally anticipated. So, some culprits keep us mired in small-mindedness: our govt engaging us in wars of imperialism abroad; our govt telling us that WE should not expect to be the beneficiaries of our own largesse (tax dollars); a parasitic uber-wealthy class who are the exclusive beneficiaries of taxpayer largesse, and responsible for gutting our economy, shipping millions of jobs overseas to countries where there are no labor laws & gobs of poor people who are just happy they might have food on their tables today, and who glorify people like Steve Jobs (“those jobs are never coming back to America!”); and our mainstream media consistently stoking the fires of discontent with misinformation, lies, and themes of white supremacy.

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  19. What makes you think she’s bowing to Trump? This is how non-denominational/charismatic Christians often pray. Generally they stand, but kneeling is common enough. Among the more avid Zionists among them Jewish prayer shawls are popular. Seems she’s using Trumps banner in that way.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s disturbing and misguided, but I don’t think she’s bowing to Trump, either.

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      1. Well, that’s obvious. But your response is lazy and something akin to “I told you so.” There’s no answer there! Her posture is a form of prayer, but what leads you to say that it was rather bowing to Trump?

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      2. Because she’s wearing a goddamn Trump cape and has her hands raised and outstretched towards Trump. Boy was there, you were wrong. Sit there in your wrongness and be wrong. Learn from this.

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  20. Johnny Silvercloud,
    I believe you are right. My sense is that white people are on the whole more ideologically oriented than Black . I’m not sure how to talk about this , without being racist ( race-essentialist ) . To discuss white peoples Differences is to invite a contrast and that leads to race essentialism.

    I’m going to exclude Black Africans from the discussion because the Continent, peoples and genetics are too vast and diverse to make blanket statements on. ( Although Rwanda shares cultural traits with Germany or Japan aside from Genocide )

    My sense is violence in the black community is for the most part, non-ideological. There may be some cultures of violence, and there be some people who are simply more prone to violence.
    But Ideologically driven violence from Culture alone, doesn’t seem to be much of a black American thing. I think that’s what you are looking at. Despite ( or perhaps because of ) the
    Social problems in the black community, black people often come across as level headed. Not everyone. But in that headspace in a white man where us-vs-them meets ideologically worldview, I think Black People are more focused on practical concerns of survival .
    ( No? )
    This might be from being a suppressed minority. Or it just might be a luxury white people have . Philosophy and reflection is often a luxury of leisure and education. Even if this reflection is toxic.

    I’m Jewish so I understand your fear. I’ve felt this fear. It’s not about a few bad Nazis. It’s about it spreading through the masses so even the “good whites” , all of the good whites feel it normalized to an outside group. And it’s like a social contagion.

    Hell, they threw neighborhood block parties for Lynchings. But as Far i know that satied the bloodlust. Although there were black pogroms in America too. I read of a rich black town in Missouri where it was levelled.

    ( I dislike making generalization without the data and Social science to back up these hunches. As a White man, the line between talking about race, and being racist seems paper thin, even when talking in good faith.

    Is the difference just control of Social institutions and benefit of the doubt?

    Or is what we fear an actual white race/ Culture trait of White Christians ?

    How does this relate to mob violence ?
    ( Which white and black people are succeptable to )

    I think those terrible right wing chain emails are a source of radicalization. Some people want to believe the worst crazy things as it reinforces some in-group dynamic. I can debunk 1000 with the desire to believe the next one still intact.

    I’m reminded of this movie ( Scenes from the suburbs ) https://vimeo.com/36170225
    Even if all the radicalization occurs outside our view. But we can see it aftereffects.

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  21. I’ve enjoyed watching one person in particular try to insert themselves into the comments section believing they are making killer points when in fact they haven’t noticed they have been sidelined and ignored : mirroring the fact that most of us want to live peaceably and support each other in a just society whilst others want to pick fights, pivot into specious arguments and bully others. We see your tactics and are rightly ignoring you. This article is an appeal to humanity about how we conquer our base tendencies with courage in a time when others are are being given open signals to unleash theirs with impunity. The biggest difference between commenters like this and those of us trying to identify and dampen down flashpoints is that we are not yet twisted up with rage and hatred and want all people to be free – even you. Are you expressing dissent? Good, by all means, let’s hear about your concerns and experience. Are you trying to be aggressive and bait others? Maybe you want to think that through. You are not going to win an argument that way – you are just getting yourself off at the expense of other people. It would be amusing that the values you think make you unassailable show you to be a very small human being. Deep down, I think you know the way you conduct yourself isn’t right. Bullying is cowardice. Have there seriously been no consequences for you in your life to teach you that is wrong?

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  22. I am a white person and for me white supremacy and other ideologies are NOT just the way things are. I loathe tacist bigots and white power. Not allnofbus are blind or succeptible to radicalization because some of us are actually smart, compassionate people.

    There is hope for us honkies.

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  23. As a white middle aged woman living in a predominately white state in the midwest, I totally agree with you. My husband and I both voted for Hillary and one of the reasons was the issue of racism that we didn’t even have in this area back in the 1970’s when we were in school. I have never been afraid to live in the area I live in until now. The day after the inauguration of Trump we went to a town near us to shop which includes a Walmart. The white supremacists were out in force wearing camo and sticking out their chests with their girlfriends and wives in we support Trump tshirts and pink camo. The whole attitudes of the minorities had changed. Because we are rural I would assume that we all, even the minorities, felt as safe as we could feel. But I saw fear on every face around me, not fear as men, but men living in fear for their wives and children. I have never seen the minorities around me look like this. It was written on all our faces, even mine, because if these supremacists found out we had voted for Hillary what would they do? My daughter said it best when she left our local rural courthouse after voting for Hillary. There were two adult white males outside and she exclaimed, “Mom, I was afraid, if they found out I had voted for Hillary, what would they have done?” This show of force is even affecting white people. White people who have felt safe our whole lives. We, all of us, who did not vote for Trump or support his agenda, are the minority now and it is really scary. Really scary to live in America now.

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  24. Reading this, I feel like you (the author) understand white supremacists better than white me does. “I would imagine that it feels good to know that you are infinitely above suspicion when it comes to any form of social deviance, including crime.”. Well, I’m definitely guilty of forms of social deviance, but as how it feels to me to be above suspicion of crime because of my race and gender (female), though more race than gender, well, it feels like privilege. I’m aware how much it’s not fair that white men generally aren’t assumed to be criminals, but black men, all too often, are. And I feel for the black women, who are also more likely to be seen as criminal or such than me, but who evenmoreso worry over their black male family members. (Of course, there are white people with black male family members too.)

    Actually, thinking about the social deviance thing, perhaps it’s privilege to have one’s socially deviant traits overlooked. There’s different reactions I think to makeup-less me than to a black woman with natural hair.

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  25. From the article: “At the end of this old column I stated that whites will either realize that diversity isn’t a bad thing and we are all the same regardless, or they will radicalize and fight tooth and nail to maintain white privilege and restore white supremacy. I fear we are now looking at the latter.”

    No, we are seeing both. White people are individuals. And some of us, including more of the people I know, are definitely those who appreciate diversity. Though the other whites, those fighting to maintain white privilege, are all too real as well.

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  26. I’m an Atheist Trump voter, I don’t think I would call myself radicalized.

    However I think Americans, black, white, latino, asian etc need to come together to fight a greater enemy.

    Islam.

    While I dislike all religions, I’ll side with Christianity if I need to pick one, but Islam is especially horrendous and I’ve already seen what it has done to Paris in the last 20 years (completely unsafe city to be in now due to Islamic gangs) and I do not want America to allow itself to become more Islamic under the guise of helping refugees.

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    1. I take issue with what you say. I am European and atheist, have worked for years in Syria for an *American* company and have met lots of great people there. Islam is not the problem – it is radicalized idiots. From all faiths and all walks of life. Don’t forget that the largest attack in Europe was in Norway when a neo-Nazi shot tens of people gathered on a small island!!!
      The fact that HE is considered “just an idiot” while a Moslim idiot is seen as representing Islam … that is exactly what is described in this article!
      Btw Paris isn’t any less safe than any large city elsewhere in Europe or in the US.

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  27. I think if you could step back and look how at negative this might sound to a “white” person and change it so it speaks to ALL races, you would get more traction with races other than your own. Educating those of us who don’t walk in your shoes so we can understand and join you as allies is the only way forward. Especially today when it seems like Nazi/Tea Party/white supremacists/alt-right have gotten a strong hold on our government.

    As a white woman, raising 2 young daughters I am fighting sexism and trying to teach my girls about dissent, feminism, women’s rights. Protecting themselves as girls, empowering them to speak their mind while being able to listen with compassion – these are some of the things I talk to my girls about DAILY. Until recently, I had no idea african americans talk to their children about racism, racial profiling, police brutality with the same fervor.

    I found this article because I want to learn more, I want to try to understand what “white privilege” has given me. I want to dismantle it but first my eyes have to be open, so I can recognize it.

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  28. “The structure and ideologies of white supremacy must be very comfortable” No, I’m sorry. Comfortable is at the furthest pole of emotion. Perhaps there some, but the feeling of reassurance that you are somehow special because of something as literally superficial as soon color, hair color, eye color, etc. is not reassuring to many of us, especially when we are told of supposed supremacy in the context of the abuse of others. I suspect most racists are not comfortable, but are instead using hatred of others to deflect hatred of self.

    As a child I first observed racism toward my best friend, who happened to belong to the Umatilla and Nez Perce tribes. It was immediately apparent that it was crazy, wrong and cruel. Next I learned about anti-black racism in the context of segregation and the obscenity of rationalized lynching. I was both horrified and confounded, especially as a child who hadn’t seen segregation first hand, but who learned that my childhood heroes … Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Bessie Smith, Marion Anderson … were forced to enter venues by the back door. I was incredulous and angry. The knowledge of the continuing legacy of slavery was abhorrent to me. The lesson of the Holocaust is never far enough away, especially as genocide continued in Asia and continues still in Africa. My entire life has been an experience of ideological, emotional and physical assault against my gender.

    I am an old white woman who has demonstrated against and voted against racist oppression since childhood. Many of us have likened the more recent history of radicalisation to what it is: the age old tactic of wealthy white mostly men to divide people because of our blessed, fascinating, enriching diversity. To incite division and hatred as a diversionary tactic while they obscenely line their pockets by raping the earth and oppressing huge numbers of people, the better to reduce them to fodder of their industry and consumers of their trash.

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  29. What a great piece of writing. I am a white woman and I think white people need to speak about race and acknowledge the realities you identify. Thank you for all you have said.

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  30. For decades now, people like Rush Limbaugh have been telling white Americans that their country has been stolen from them. The Feminazis, the liberals, and the minorities have stolen their jobs, are living the high life on welfare paid for by ‘regular people’ (i.e. white men), and get special favoritism from the government (you know, the one run by mostly white guys). Many young people really didn’t grow up with a different message at home, and to them this mindset is ‘normal’. It’s damned entrenched.

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  31. Sadly, for about half of my life I was totally ignorant of the huge rift between rights for some, and the denial of rights for others. Since a sudden “awakening,” I am doing what I can, when I can, to bridge the gap. It’s too little, and probably too late, but whenever I do see specific injustices; I try to make my voice heard. I don’t know if my outlook is “white privilege” or not. I do know I hate oppression and persecution no matter where it shows its ugliness.

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  32. Great article, and I agree with your argument. (And the photograph of the woman supplicating herself to Trump gives me chills, and not at all in the good way.)

    Incidentally, I’m a white male — and I find the radicalization of whites far more ominous than the radicalization of any other demographic.

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  33. Hi. Speaking as a provincial, suburban, East Coast Democrat white guy, I believe you don’t quite understand what it is to be White. It’s not comfortable. “Comfort” implies that we think about race. We don’t think about it. The Metaphorical Non-White have to think about race every hour of every day, so I’m told. White people go where they want without a thought about belonging or acceptance. Having, Deserving, and Doing are pure reflex. To have something good denied for whatever reason, that frustrates whites.
    Think of your home, wandering from room to room, expecting reasonable response from everyone you spoke to, even strangers. That is how most whites see 90% of the world.

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  34. I can’t help but wonder- it seems to me that there is a direct correlation with the rise of fundamentalist Christianity. The rise in determinism. Zealotry always leads to violence.
    The 2000 Baptist Faith and Message is very sexist, and very fundamentalist. And it seems like that’s sorta when everything began to accelerate.
    It’s also when the internet and social media started to become more and more accessible. I think that the internet has given people who have often been silenced in or way or another, now have a platform to tell their stories. And then we started realizing that we weren’t alone. We grew stronger, many of us began to really see a lot of overlap, with race, gender, sexuality, and class. And if two or more overlap- how often that can make it harder to have your voice be heard.
    But straight white men also started to notice, they noticed that we were pointing to them as the oppressor- or allies with the systems that their ancestors set in place. My experience has taught me that Abusers are incapable of admitting anything as their fault. I do not think that Abusers are can change until they admit their wrong doing, so the chances of them actually change is something I do not put a great deal of hope in.
    But then there are those, who are abusive, but not inherently Abusers. These people, they can change. But it’s extremely hard for them. For it is often these people who are capable of love, but never learned how to love, and never learned how to own their emotions, and especially their anger. I hope that the majority of straight white men are abusive, but not Abusers. I hope everyday that they can change, and I try and try to figure out a way for them to understand.
    But then add religion now- how deeply seeded such ideology often is. It’s a lot of dismantling. I think that the internet is speeding up that process. In my experience people who have their world view dismantled-demolished, completely destroyed, I’ve seen two reactions. Especially when it’s a deeply seeded ideology that makes the feel like they are Right and in the Right.
    When confronted that they might be wrong, but are definitely in the wrong: They either become completely devastated, or they dig in even harder and get extremely defensive. Their defensiveness becomes this raw nerve, and sometimes it never heals and they continue to examine the accusation. Other times, this raw nerve, shakes them into a deep reflection. But I’ve also noticed that this is something that has to happen several times, before real productive change happens.

    It will however never be something I’m very good at doing in a completely calm dispassionate way. Having to defend my humanity. Having to defend the humanity of nearly everyone I know and love. So it is very draining. It’s often disheartening. Sometimes it takes me a while to get myself to stand back up, but I’m getting better at it.

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  35. I agree with this article. I have witnessed the pattern of the racist media on how they criminalized black victims, thought their propaganda, and character assassination, while white perpetrators (especially the racist police), are portrayed like justly saints. The exalting of white life, compared to those of blackness. I also heard of the mentioning of skin bleaching techniques, and seen some pictures of celebrities do this to make themselves more acceptable to White Society.

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  36. There’s no basis to calling Goldwater a racist. Did he say the CRA was a mess? Sure, mainly just the portion that affected private citizens though.. But it was the southern Democrat caucus who opposed it, and not merely to protect the rights of individuals to live their private, jerk opinions. It remains as durable legislation because it was negotiated to pass with bipartisan majorities.

    Also, people getting surgery on themselves to look Caucasian isn’t a point of pride. That’s disturbing and sad.

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  37. For every action there is an equal an opposite reaction.

    Radicalization of Whites? Why would that be?

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