This should have a million notes… we can sit and reblog a bunch of weed post (that gets almost up to 60,000 notes) but we cant reblog something REAL like this.
OWN YOUR HISTORY WHITE FOLKS
My ancestors didn’t do this. They didn’t come over from this country till 1930’s. So saying that all “white folks” should own their history is a little biased, don’t you think?
Agreed, Katie. Neither I nor my ancestors were responsible for this. The whole of the white population of current society is not responsible for this. When this happened, some of my ancestors were being oppressed, mistreated, and violated by a colonizing power, while also suffering a notorious famine at one point. At any rate, ALL of my family came here(to america) in the late 30’s-early 40’s or later. And most of my ancestors came from places that never colonized at all. It isn’t right to discriminate based on any factors, such as race. And it goes all ways. Discrimination against any color is wrong. Stereotyping white people as christian, over-privledged, hateful, bigoted idiots who are responsible for all the suffering of “minorities” is not any more fair than any other type of stereotyping.
hi! i realize its not your fault for not knowing this, but in actuality all us white people truly are in part responsible for these actions. obviously not directly of course. i can provide much of the same story as you—nearly all my ancestors that im aware of were either forced here or emigrated by choice after the start of the 20th century. many of my ancestors dealt with horrible and brutalizing discrimination and abuse for the languages they spoke and the customs of their homelands, or because of who they chose to marry. unfortunately, none of this accounts for the extreme oppression of black humans who were considered naturally inferior, forced to come and work here for no pay, and were treated their entire lives as living property of others.
I want to make it clear that no one is accusing you or your ancestors of slavery—that isnt the main point. the issue is more latent and insidious. your ancestors, like mine, though they may have suffered and encountered great hardships were automatically a step up from the base inferiority of these enslaved or once-enslaved or descendants of enslaved people. The lasting residue of eras long before us or our parents has embedded in our collective societys conscious a distorted and unequal system for how we consider one another. though we have changed much in many ways from the 19th century, in many ways we have retained and even transformed our prejudices and bigotry in ways that appear as though they have disappeared. the lasting privilege to be white in this culture is one that cannot be ignored by any white person; as our culture has placed so great and powerful an emphasis on race both in the past and even to this day, so in turn must we acknowledge what grew and continues to grow from this very dark and complex subject. wide racial disparities pervade our society still, and whites continue to persevere in literacy, education, financial independence, and income, among a host of other areas. were this culture truly free of the scars of racism and prejudice, shouldnt these disparities be even a little less pronounced, if not entirely eradicated? hopefully you can see the answer should be ‘yes.’
Yet you and your family still arent culpable for what happened due to racism; you were born into it, and you cant help being born. in this you are totally justified—but you must understand that no one, no matter the color of their skin, the nation of their birth, the language of their household, or any other factor of discrimination, can help their birth. Does that mean we should ignore the reality in which some of these uncontrollable traits are given greater weight, greater power, or greater detriment than others? How does that seem any more fair?
No, in the end, it really is all white people who must own this; our construct of a ‘white race’ has led us all, whether we wish to or not, be included in owning the fault and the onus of its consequences. We white people must acknowledge the role we have played historically in interactions with other races, good and bad—and unfortunately history shows us indisputably that the majority of the interactions have thus far been very very bad—and the role we play today. While we can certainly point out the obvious (some of our families were never involved in certain historical acts of racism) we can also be shown what initially may not seem so obvious to us (while some of our families were never involved in historical acts of racism we all live in a society today that still propagates many racial acts, we are a part of that society, and those facts cannot be ignored).
Race riots (which included lynchings) were happening well after the 1930’s so I’m not sure why these children think their ancestors weren’t complicit. And their ancestor benefited from Jim Crow, white privilege & institutionalized racism too. I mean really, is it that hard to look up history?
@Jensenjaundice ‘Preciate you trying to collect your folks, because in this moment, looking at this image, all I could really muster was “Shut the entire fuck up”.