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Watch: The Moment A Group Of White People Finally Get Why Black People Cannot Be Racist (VIDEO) « White people love to talk about reverse-racism, the myth that black people are racist against white people. It’s a false argument which is almost always used to imply that either “both sides do it,” or equally as common, “it’s the blacks who are racist against us.” In this video, Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Portland State University School of Social Work, Dr. Joy DeGruy destroys the reverse-racism myth in under five minutes. The video was recorded in London in 2008. During the lecture, DeGruy addresses a crowd of mainly white faces. The first thing she does is assess their underlying beliefs about racism and reverse-racism. The second thing she does is destroy the illusion of black people as “racist.” As the audience noted, racism negatively impacts the lives of the community it targets. Here’s a list of things controlled by white people in the United States: Wealth: 96.2 percent of the rich are white.

11 Things White People Need To Realize About Race. No, Your Hardships Don’t Erase Your White Privilege. By Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts I could tell she felt awkward. Concern was written all over her face. Her pale skin had turned slightly pink. Her eyebrows were furrowed. Her words were clear but filled with emotion. “This feels awkward. He, on the other hand, was totally relaxed. Both were standing in front of the class, a significant distance from the rest of their peers who were spread out across the room, in various positions, front to back. Some of my white students, like the young man I mentioned earlier, totally got it.

However, there were other students in the class who were less willing to accept the notion that they were somehow privileged because they were white. There it is. My student’s defensiveness is all too common. This is likely why so many of my students – black and white – were visibly moved by the privilege walk. No one sees their privilege from their position in life. But no worries. So why acknowledge it then? So now you know. Choose wisely. Photo: Shutterstock. How to Uphold White Supremacy by Focusing on Diversity and Inclusion by Kẏra. Since the civil rights movement, white people have exploited every opportunity to conceal their colonialist legacy and longstanding (ab)use of white supremacist power. They’ve proven time and again that they have no interest in rectifying that history, only in dealing with the fact that they could no longer deny the reality of those injustices.

One effective tactic has been to separate white supremacy and colonialism from the way racism is understood and taught through schools, history textbooks, news media, and through any white-controlled institutions. These lessons, of anti-racism as-told-by-white-people, will be familiar to you: that racism is only explicit racial prejudice; that separatism is the essence of Jim Crow (and therefore inclusion is the antithesis to de jure segregation); and that the remedy for a racist society is a colorblind one. Photo CC-BY jm scott, filtered. The toxic effects of liberalism are clear in diversity advocacy and its language. White America’s racial illiteracy: Why our national conversation is poisoned from the start. I am white. I have spent years studying what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. This is what I have learned: Any white person living in the United States will develop opinions about race simply by swimming in the water of our culture.

But mainstream sources—schools, textbooks, media—don’t provide us with the multiple perspectives we need. Yes, we will develop strong emotionally laden opinions, but they will not be informed opinions. Our socialization renders us racially illiterate. When you add a lack of humility to that illiteracy (because we don’t know what we don’t know), you get the break-down we so often see when trying to engage white people in meaningful conversations about race.

Mainstream dictionary definitions reduce racism to individual racial prejudice and the intentional actions that result. Challenges to this identity become highly stressful and even intolerable.