Everyone here at Be Young & Shut Up agrees that racism is pretty much terrible, and yet all of us are regularly accused of being racists ourselves. How do we account for this? Crackers. White people don’t like that we regularly speak out in critical terms of whiteness and the people who self-identify as white, and they misinterpret this as some kind of racism.
Let’s be real though, white people are the source of all of our problems. Ever since white people were invented by the colonial elite of the young Anglo American society as a means of social control, the population of this society has been plagued by the delusion that white people are both a meaningful and innocent group. But whiteness is at its very core a supremacist concept, a remnant of a colonial caste system we are still too barbaric to cast off. That’s really shitty, but we won’t be blamed for pointing it out, because we actually don’t judge people for being born into the social perception that they are part of a meaningful “cultural” or “racial” group called “white people,” we merely judge this false construct for existing.
“But David,” I hear a rhetorical voice saying. “Some people actually do hate white people. Some people, similarly raised within a society built on the social construct of race, who are socialized to think of themselves as non-white, actually dislike individuals for no reason other than the fact that they are judged to be white, regardless of their behavior. They are reverse racists, and as much as I agree that most of the ugliness of racism is against non-whites in our society, isn’t it possible, every once in a while, for blacks to persecute whites?”
I guess. Maybe. Hypothetically. But not really. And here’s why:
Black supremacists exist, like, there are people in the real world who think that race is a real thing, are black, and think that whites are like, a separate species, and agree with all the freaky anti-miscegenation master race bullshit that the KKK does, but in reverse. When’s the last time any of them hurt anyone? It’s been a while, hasn’t it? For the most part, they hang out in bookstores and internet chat rooms (providing much less of a presence than virulent white supremacists do on Reddit, by the way), trying to bait white racists into an argument. They are pretty much harmless, and frankly most of them belong to an older generation. I occasionally meet such people in Brooklyn, and they’re pretty much all old people who lived through some pretty awful racism, and they “fight back” by saying nasty things about passing white people, but not, and this is a key part, killing or actually oppressing any of us. Just vaguely hoping to make us uncomfortable in revenge for all the real shit that they had to endure and that young black people still have to endure.
Black supremacist groups have basically no following, they just make a fair amount of noise, occasionally showing up around awesome rappers or making it into the news because the media likes sensationalist bullshit. While that is happening, even the nicest, most smiling-est white person you know is a beneficiary of a racist system that keeps black people down even when they’re not taking action that helps reinforce this system (like marrying other white people, thus slowing down white people’s eventual and glorious demise, or voting for mainstream politicians who do not challenge the status quo of racism and capitalism which reinforce the means of subjugation of black communities, etc.) I’m not trying to say that each individual white person is a monster, but if racism is about actually hurting people of the other “race,” then black supremacists have basically no impact, and thus are less dangerous to the other “race” than white people who just accept the status quo of a society which perpetuates the dangerous effects of its own racism every day.