The future of life on the planet depends on bringing the 500-year rampage of the white man to a halt. For five centuries his ever more destructive weaponry has become far too common. His widespread and better systems of exploiting other humans and nature dominate the globe.
The time for replacing white supremacy with new values is now. And just as some whites played a part in ending slavery, colonialism, Jim Crow segregation, and South African apartheid, there is surely a role whites can play in restraining other whites in this era. Beneath the sound and fury generated by GOP presidential candidates, Fox News, website trolls, police unions and others, white people are becoming aware as never before of past and present racism.
I identify as white. It’s not my fault, I was born to white parents. I have been steeped in white culture all my life. Most (but not all) of my family and friends are white. Most (but not all) of my employers, teachers, co-workers, supervisors, and neighbors have been white.
On many occasions I have witnessed white people when there were no “people of color” around, so I know how white people really act. I have heard white people talk about POC’s when they knew only white people could hear.
I am not afraid to tell the truth about white people.
Slavery in the United States ended because white people ended it. The slaves did not revolt and overthrow their masters. They tried a few times, but each time they failed. Then white people realized that slavery was wrong and they fought a bloody war to put a stop to it.
Yes, the slave owners were white people. But they were defeated by other white people and the black slaves were given their freedom.
But ending slavery did not end racism, segregation and racial discrimination. So about 100 years after they ended slavery white people outlawed segregation and discrimination. More importantly, white people rejected racism.
There are some people who believe that racism is epidemic in America. Those people are full of shit. The vast majority of racism currently loose in our body politic is directed AT white people. It is socially acceptable to express racially demeaning stereotypes about white people.
Racial discrimination is illegal, but racism per se is protected by the First Amendment. Nonetheless, you can lose your job if you utter a racial epithet referring to POC’s. Even a small whiff of racism can make a person a pariah.
Once upon a time it was socially acceptable to be a racist. In some places is was required. Politicians, public officials and candidates (almost all of whom were Democrats) publicly proclaimed their membership in the KKK.
Times have changed.
A mere two degrees of separation between a politician and someone openly racist can cause a controversy. A candidate who has a supporter who has shady friends is a suspect.
David Duke is probably the most famous white racist currently alive.
David Ernest Duke (born July 1, 1950) is an American white nationalist, antisemitic conspiracy theorist, far-right politician, and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. A former one-term Republican Louisiana State Representative, he was a candidate in the Democratic presidential primaries in 1988 and the Republican presidential primaries in 1992. Duke unsuccessfully ran for the Louisiana State Senate, United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, and Governor of Louisiana. Duke is a felon, having pleaded guilty to defrauding supporters by falsely claiming to have no money and being in danger of losing his home in order to solicit emergency donations; at the time, Duke was financially secure, and used the donations for recreational gambling.
Duke describes himself as a “racial realist,” asserting that “all people have a basic human right to preserve their own heritage.” Duke also speaks against what he describes as Jewish control of the Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. federal government and the media. Duke supports the preservation of what he considers to be Western culture and traditionalist Christian family values, Constitutionalism, abolition of the Internal Revenue Service, voluntary racial segregation, anti-Communism and white separatism. He has been accused of supporting Holocaust denial.
Nobody respectable wants to be associated with David Duke. His endorsement is seen as a liability. Nobody even wants to be associated with anyone associated with David Duke. But if white people were secretly racists, wouldn’t he be a hero?
Nobody is really sure how many white racists are left in this country because most of them are scared to admit it in public. And for good reason. David Duke and his ilk are shunned. They have virtually no power or influence. Their public appearances attract protests rather than support. Typically they need armed police officers to separate their puny numbers from large mobs of counter-protesters.
Unfortunately for Donald Trump he has a number of online supporters who are openly racist. Really odious characters who express vile and disgusting stuff. The anonymity of the internet makes them brave.
But despite the noise they make their numbers are relatively small and their influence is negligible. I suspect many of them are just progressive trolls.
They certainly are not representative of white people.