I identify as a white person, and I know that I should feel responsible for how people of color are being treated in the United States. I am not proud that people from my ethnic group think that they are better than any other group of people, and that life is unfair for others because of this. I see other people and I determine what race they are in, but I don’t discriminate on that basis, because I know that all people are equal. People take on values as they go through life and a lot of these values are brought about because of the way that they were raised. I can’t tell other people how they should think, but I am so grateful that my father raised me to not be prejudiced against any race. I felt so bad for George Floyd when the white cop was suffocating the life out of him, as he begged for his life. I do see some signs of hope with the Black Lives Matter marches, but the White Supremacists are also allowed to hold their rallies and then you get people like Trump who say they see good people on both sides. If one side is inspired by love and the other side is inspired by hate, the good people are only on one side.
I am a part of society, so I can’t just sit on the sidelines and watch, so I mut try to do something about the racial injustice, improve something so I can be proud to be a human being instead of ashamed of how others have acted. Time changes everything and not too long ago the United States was owned by Native American Indians and then mostly white Europeans took over this land. Did they have the right to do this, or is history written by the winners? Lately there has been an immigration of nonwhite people into the American society which had largely been dominated by white people and this ideology is seen to be unsettling by racist that inhabit fringes of the internet and it has begun to seep into the mainstream as White Replacement Theory, or Great Replacement Theory. This theory says that there is an ongoing plot to diminish the influence of white people and the gun nut up in Buffalo used this as his reason to kill 10 innocent people.
Critical Race Theory is a conservative view that is supported by many Republicans, and they use this to challenge liberal views. This has become the new bogyman for FOX News, and it basically bans any teaching that goes against the white race. Since racism does not exist without racists, and many Americans are not able to separate their individual identity as an American from the social institutions that govern us, these people perceive themselves as the system. So, they end up calling the social institutions racist, instead of calling themselves racist. They want to forget all the problems that America has had in the past, while obscuring that fact that America is not a great place for everyone to love in.
I can’t even get along with my own family, as they still support Trump and watch FOX News, so I don’t think that there is anything that I can do about these issues. If everyone would just try to get along with each other, this would be a whole lot better for everyone.
Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #165 which asks, “How do you feel about what is going on in the United States in regard to racism? Do you see any way of reconciling the concepts of White Replacement Theory and Critical Race Theory?”