Everyone knew that slavery was evil. Everyone knew that Jim Crow was evil. Everyone knew that lynching was evil. Everyone knows that any kind of injustice or inequality is evil. These things persist because most white people don’t actively fight to eradicate them.
And most white people don’t actively fight to eradicate inequality and injustice because they usually benefit in some small way. The Southern economy was built on evil slavery. Jim Crow laws maintained a national order with white people firmly planted atop the social hierarchy. Systematic injustice keeps black people in their place, but it also comforts white people to know that the big black bogeymen are being kept behind bars.
Inequality and racism exist not because of evil but because the unaffected majority put their interests above all others, and their inaction allows inequality to flourish. That is why I believe that silence in the presence of injustice is as bad as injustice itself. White people who are quiet about racism might not plant the seed, but their silence is sunlight.
Many of those people don’t speak out because they fear alienation more than they hate racism.
A CBS survey revealed that most Americans disagree with Trump’s “both sides” equivocation regarding the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year. According to a CNN/ORC poll, a majority of Americans opposed the white-nationalist-inspired travel ban. Two-thirds of Americans say that separating children from their parents at the border is unacceptable, according to a CBS poll.
Still, most white people won’t do shit.
The crisis at the border is the latest addition to a long list of instances when white people have chosen silence over what is right. Most of the white people who supported civil and voting rights still did not march, boycott or sit in. The white people who shed tears over police videos won’t attend a Black Lives Matter meeting.
Cowards. All of them. Read more here!
“Cowards. All of them!” That is exactly what you are! Cowards! Yet you will drone on and on about the rights of animals to not to be slaughtered for human consumption. You will drone on and on about the need for legalization of weed. You will drone on and on about the horrors of opioid addiction. You will drone on and on about the need for stiffer gun control laws. You will drone on and on about suicide prevention after some famous rich white asshole like Anthony Bourdain kills himself. You will drone on and on about how the mental health field has failed white mass murdering males, but when it comes to systemic racism, mass incarceration of mostly Black people, a school-to-prison pipeline made up of Black children, gentrification, mass homelessness, income inequality and the list is endless, there is nothing but the sound of crickets chirping. You don’t do a goddamn thing about what is front and center and what has been front and center since Africans were rowed to the shores of this shithole because you are ALL cowards; down to the very last one of you!
You don’t say a goddamn thing when those who look like you sit somewhere swilling alcohol and who gets started on “niggers this and niggers that.” You don’t say a damn word against that shit. You simply smile and either continue listening or move along. But you don’t call that shit out! You’re too much of a goddamn coward to do so! And yet, you will state how you are not racist and how you are not like ‘those’ people who march down the street in white sheets and hoods. What makes you better than they are? What the fuck have you done about them? You know who they are! You are kin to them! You are friends with them. You know who the racist cops are. You sit at barbecues with them; at parties. But do you do anything about the fact that you know they are racist? Do you do anything about the fact that you know they have told you that they intend to “kill them a nigger just because they know they can get away with it?” Hell no! And you won’t because you are a coward!
And yet, you wonder why Black people are still subjected to this shit in the year 2018. Fuck if you do wonder. You know why. Nothing has changed. What the fuck has changed? Not a goddamn thing! Just because you are not marching in a hood and a white sheet, just because you have not shot a Black person to death, just because you did not call a Black person, “a nigger,” just because you merely stood by and watched a Black person being followed around in a store because of their skin color, doesn’t make you any better than the one who marched in a hood, shot a Black person to death, called a Black person, “a nigger,” and followed a Black person around in the store just for being Black. You stood by and ALLOWED all of those things to happen because you are a goddamn coward! Scared too shitless to do a damn thing because the perception of you by other ‘whites’ would be changed and oh how horrible that would be. I guess, to you, it would be more horrible than killing a person because of their skin color, calling the cops on a person because of their skin color, denying a person a loan because of their skin color and the list is endless. Coward that you are, you’ve got to look out for number one and that’s your own cowardly hide because ‘white privilege’ allows you to take the coward’s way out! White privilege allows you to pretend to remain blind to what is going down because what can you do if your nephew is a cop and has told you that he intends to kill the next ‘nigger’ he pulls over, no matter what. You may not pull the trigger, but you are just as guilty as he is. Don’t delude yourself. You’re no better than he is. Your silence helped to pull that trigger and you are complicit in murder and no amount of “Hail Marys” is going to absolve you of that. No check you write to charity is going to right that wrong, you fucking coward! Black people cannot beat back this shit alone and you know that because you write the rules. You enforce the rules you write and that is why we are getting our asses kicked and you know this. But somehow, you think, that if we march down the goddamn street enough times, we will make a difference. Hell if we will because we have your silence to thank for the fact that we are still marching thanks to the fact of your being a fucking coward! Good people have died because of your reluctance to stand up to what you know is wrong. I can’t make you do it! And I know you won’t but at the same time, I want you to know that I know what a goddamn coward you are and will always be!
You’re all cowards who won’t do shit! Fuck you!