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fat lady sings
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Picture a boot on a human face forever

"If you want a picture of the future, picture a boot on a human face forever."

That's the quote from 1984 by George Orwell that this white pastor says flashed into his mind and stayed there as he was stopped, harassed, tazed, beaten, and handcuffed by agents of the Department of Homeland Security and Arizona police, 50 miles from the border.

Here's the video of the incident. Warning, it is violent and horrifying.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJF5cUWXA_A

The reason I am bringing this here, though, is this excerpt from the sermon he preached the next morning, after this incident. His name is Steven Anderson and he is a baptist pastor in Arizona.

WARNING: the sermon is NOT anti-racist. It contains at least three blatantly racist comments, and a whole ton of white privilege-informed rhetoric.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCe0zYqBQ3g&feature=channel

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Flowers

In Response to the Mod...

I admit it: I've been lurking. So I'll post something in the spirit of the community and see what everyone has to say.

I teach Ethics at the local community college. I'm obligated to use the book approved by the powers that be in my department, and I wasn't satisfied with the author's entry on equality and discrimination. So I created my own presentation for the class. My goal was to help them understand just how complicated the issues actually are. The following week I surveyed the class to see how they thought I did, and to find out if they had any suggestions for me. One student wrote: "You can say how you feel about black people." I've been asking myself the same thing ever since. Here is the reply I've been working on. I don't know if I'll send it:

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As a white person, I see other white people at my university doing impressions of how they think black people talk. I think I also do it sometimes. Like people will be like, "get outta that class, yo!" or "you crazy, girl." Sometimes it's more subtle like this, or one time it was really bad, and a white guy did a whole monologue during a performance as a stereotypical black person. What do people think of this? Have you ever had a conversation confronting someone about it?

Whiteness in Non-White Countries

I was explaining white privilege to some my my white friends on the weekend and when they asked this question, I didn't completely know how to answer.

Does white privilege exist in non-white countries, such as China? Does a white person still have power in a POC country? If so, why or how would you explain it (exposure to American media, internalized racism etc...)?

If there have been discussions on this (which I'm sure there have been), I'd like to read them. Links are also helpful, as always. I'd just like to provide a clearer answer to my friends and to understand it better for myself.
li'ir

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.