peter k (stoneself) wrote in debunkingwhite,
peter k
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preface: "from my white perspective"

dear white person,

in the interest of clarity, please preface your utterances about race with "from my white perspective".

when you must disagree with a claim made by a poc, saying, "from my white perspective, i have to disagree..." would make things so much clearer.

when you can't understand the point a poc is making, saying, "from my white perspective, i don't see what you're talking about" would make things so much clearer.

when you don't understand why a poc is going on and on and on and on and on about something, saying "from my white persepective, that seems so minor ..." would make things so much clearer.

etc, etc, etc, ...

also, when using the rhetorical question forms of these statements, please use something along the lines of: "from my white perspective, can't you see that ... ?" or "from my white perspective, how can you say that?" or "from my white perspective, don't you see how you are blowing that out of proportion?" etc, etc, etc, ...


much appreciated,

looking from a different perspective




when white people look at the world, and they think they are doing it from a "colorless" point of view, they aren't. the default point of view is white. it's fairly easy to detect a poc pov. but the white point of view is so pervasive that it fades into the background.

the perverse thing about how pervasive the white point of view is that poc slip into the white point of view from time to time without thinking about it. on the one hand it's simply courteous to look at things from another person's point of view, and on the other hand, knowing what the white point of view expects helps poc navigate racial situations in a white dominated world. (note a white person rarely needs to navigate racial situations because of this.) as a matter of survival poc need to be able to see from the white point of view. this slipping into a white point of view is one of the reasons why "but my poc friend said ..." is problematic because they may have unwittingly taken the white point of view (this happens a lot to poc when talking to white people).

poc see (and understand) the white point of view.
and poc see (and understand) the poc pov.

whites see (but don't always understand) the poc pov.
but whites rarely detect the white point of view.

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edit: just who the fuck do you think it would make things clearer for? good lord!

edit2: please don't confuse my version with this version:
poc totally and completely see (and understand) the white point of view.
and poc totally and completely see (and understand) the poc pov.

whites see (but don't always understand) the poc pov.
but whites rarely detect the white point of view.
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