You Have a Problem with the Oppressed Standing Up to Oppressors?
I don’t even care to debate anymore.
There was a time when I cared deeply about debating with fools on the internet. Roughly around 2006, I truly loved debating online. These days, I don’t even care. White people wanting — arrogantly demanding — infinite proof of racism when we face it every day? I don’t care to waste my time.
Right now there’s a fierce debate going on in regards to fighting Nazis. While I’ll most certainly make it known where I stand, I really don’t care to debate anyone on this. What I do care about doing, however, is giving lessons.
In the middle of August 2017 I was made aware that a fellow known to me, white cis-het male, was defending Nazis by way of obfuscating the concept of “freedom of speech”, which was something he held so dear. You see, to this white privileged man, the concept of freedom of speech meant so much to him, that it didn’t matter that Nazis — a white supremacist identity that’s built on the genocide and eradication of nonwhites — threatened, harassed, and terrorized people with their existence. In August 2017, Nazis, Confederates, KKK — a murderous conglomeration now called the “alt-right” — stormed through the sleepy town of Charlottesville Virginia, and murdered one woman with their hatred of others.
White Privilege Strikes Again
Needless to say, I challenged this fellow’s stance on his defense of Nazis. I called him out. I was unrelenting; each time his alt-right friends did something, I brought the topic up, and wondered was this what he stood for; was this worth defending.
Eventually something fascinating happened; the white man defending Nazi’s “freedom of speech” began crying victim. You see, the fellow began stating that I was “harassing” him, and if I don’t stop harassing him he’d leave the Facebook group, block me, whatever. Before I got a chance to ask him about my freedom of speech he ironically didn’t care to give the same respect and defense as Nazis’, he was gone. If white privilege is one hell of a drug, white fragility is one hell of a withdrawal symptom.
“I love how the biggest proponents of free speech are never talking about it when it comes to protesters whose free speech is actually being violated by the police but are always there when hate speech is being called out.” ~ Mathieu C.
Can I debate? Sure I can. Did I care to? No, I did not. What I did do was troll. The worst thing in the world online is an intelligent troll. It’s fascinating to see a white male attempt to act like he’s a victim of “harassment”, when that white male supports “freedom of speech” unwaveringly. What happened to my freedom of speech? Afterall, I was only questioning his logic on the matter — using only words.
That’s the crazy part of his white fragility — I didn’t use bats, clubs, chains, guns, police violence, anything that harmed his person. The only thing I did was held his feet to the fire; questioned him. And there he went. Whining. Crying.
“If white privilege is one hell of a drug, white fragility is one hell of a withdrawal symptom.”
United States Pacifists
I’ll have to admit, it’s very frustrating to deal with people who are infinitely judging you, choosing counterfeit order over true justice. Honestly if you ask me, I’ll have to say that any white person of America have NO business judging a black person for choosing violence to procure freedom when this very nation — America — was BORN from violent protest. The colonies didn’t break free from the British with hugs and kisses. The fact that hate speech and violent shows of force Nazi/Confederates do get the total defense of white people from all spectrums of political alignment, is powerful evidence of how indoctrinated white people are, as a whole, in white supremacy. It would be great if black people was afforded the same thing.
Freedom of Speech, isn’t free, and when Nazi-Confederates are around, that speech is far from free; it’s speech paid for by the active genocide of nonwhite people of the world.
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
My friend, Najima Jamilah, is a socio-political activist who operates out of Tucson, Arizona. It’s a bit hilarious, because white people think we are all the same out there. To a white person, everyone out there is a protester. There are different folks out there. Me? Photojournalist. She? Activist.
Being that Najima is a true activist, she thinks a bit differently than I do. From my abolitionist writer standpoint, white people need to shut up when grown folks are talking. From her standpoint, there’s a place for these unfettered pacifists of privilege.
For everyone who has a problem with the oppressed, suppressed, persecuted defending themselves by meeting violence with counter-violence, they can show up, and put their money where their mouth is. You see, everyone who pisses and moans to activists and protesters who are engaging against a Nazi-Confederate threat are simply NOT the people on the ground, and it’s horrendously easy to criticize, pontificate from an ivory tower of privilege, far removed from harm.
For all of those who suggest that Nazi/Confederates can be dealt with in a civil manner, why don’t you show up at the next rally, next counter-protest and shield the bodies of the counter-protesters, the AntiFa, the people of color with your own and show everyone how it’s done? In ancient times, the Romans had this formation called “Testudo”, and by command the Roman soldiers would shield their formation from arrows, stone, and other projectile weapons.
While one might not be able to cast bodies over a mass of protesters, the logic is sound; if you have a problem with people, the victims of oppression defending themselves from violence, why don’t you shield them from the white supremacists? Or you can shut up when grown folks are talking. If you have a problem with people defending themselves, defend them with your own lives “nonviolently”, letting your own blood shed. Put those convictions to the test. After all, this is your mess anyway.
If you are a coward, please, by all means, stop talking, and let those who wage against the white supremacists engage as they damn well please.