1. I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.
2. I can avoid spending time with people whom I was trained to mistrust and who have learned to mistrust my kind or me.
3. If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area which I can afford and in which I would want to live.
4. I can be pretty sure that my neighbours in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me.
5. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.
6. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.
7. When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.
8. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.
9. If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on white privilege.
10. I can be pretty sure of having my voice heard in a group in which I am the only member of my race.
11. I can be casual about whether or not to listen to another person’s voice in a group in which s/he is the only member of his/her race.
12. I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the staple foods which fit with my cultural traditions, into a hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can cut my hair.
13. Whether I use checks, credit cards or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial reliability.
14. I can arrange to protect my children most of the time from people who might not like them.
15. I do not have to educate my children to be aware of systemic racism for their own daily physical protection.
16. I can be pretty sure that my children’s teachers and employers will tolerate them if they fit school and workplace norms; my chief worries about them do not concern others’ attitudes toward their race.
17. I can talk with my mouth full and not have people put this down to my color.
18. I can swear, or dress in second hand clothes, or not answer letters, without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the poverty or the illiteracy of my race.
19. I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial.
20. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.
21. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.
22. I can remain oblivious of the language and customs of persons of color who constitute the world’s majority without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion.
23. I can criticize our government and talk about how much I fear its policies and behaviour without being seen as a cultural outsider.
24. I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to the “person in charge”, I will be facing a person of my race.
25. If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race.
26. I can easily buy posters, post-cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys and children’s magazines featuring people of my race.
27. I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong to feeling somewhat tied in, rather than isolated, out-of-place, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance or feared.
28. I can be pretty sure that an argument with a colleague of another race is more likely to jeopardize her/his chances for advancement than to jeopardize mine.
29. I can be pretty sure that if I argue for the promotion of a person of another race, or a program centering on race, this is not likely to cost me heavily within my present setting, even if my colleagues disagree with me.
30. If I declare there is a racial issue at hand, or there isn’t a racial issue at hand, my race will lend me more credibility for either position than a person of color will have.
31. I can choose to ignore developments in minority writing and minority activist programs, or disparage them, or learn from them, but in any case, I can find ways to be more or less protected from negative consequences of any of these choices.
32. My culture gives me little fear about ignoring the perspectives and powers of people of other races.
33. I am not made acutely aware that my shape, bearing or body odor will be taken as a reflection on my race.
34. I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking.
35. I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without having my co-workers on the job suspect that I got it because of my race.
36. If my day, week or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it had racial overtones.
37. I can be pretty sure of finding people who would be willing to talk with me and advise me about my next steps, professionally.
38. I can think over many options, social, political, imaginative or professional, without asking whether a person of my race would be accepted or allowed to do what I want to do.
39. I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.
40. I can choose public accommodation without fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated in the places I have chosen.
41. I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help, my race will not work against me.
42. I can arrange my activities so that I will never have to experience feelings of rejection owing to my race.
43. If I have low credibility as a leader I can be sure that my race is not the problem.
44. I can easily find academic courses and institutions which give attention only to people of my race.
45. I can expect figurative language and imagery in all of the arts to testify to experiences of my race.
46. I can chose blemish cover or bandages in “flesh” color and have them more or less match my skin.
47. I can travel alone or with my spouse without expecting embarrassment or hostility in those who deal with us.
48. I have no difficulty finding neighbourhoods where people approve of our household.
49. My children are given texts and classes which implicitly support our kind of family unit and do not turn them against my choice of domestic partnership.
50. I will feel welcomed and “normal” in the usual walks of public life, institutional and social.
In that same breath how many of us have heard little European children, adults and even professionals ask, “We don’t have a white people history, how come black people get to have black history month?” In the same breath they would then point out how tactics like this are the real cause of an impaired cross cultural, cross ethnic relationship between Africans and Europeans.
The toxic beauty of “White Supremacy” is inherent when south and east Asians, and even Africans from all borders question the why of an African our story celebration. Mean while the “white Supremacy” chugs along like a locomotive uncaring if it runs over your foot on that remodelled track of life.
I have often heard and seen Europeans -most often young students, who think they can change the world purely by wishing it, be I unwilling to grant that they are over privileged, while recognizing the inherent disadvantage Africans experience on the continent and in the Diaspora. Some will go to Africa or the Caribbean to work with C.A.R.E. or other Aids program, run by Europeans with European agenda and financial rewards benefiting these Europeans more than the underprivileged. Some will say the mean well, and some are genuine and do mean well, about working to over coming the anti-African, White Supremacist” statues, in the nine area of people activity that runs our lives. However since they, like us, don’t over stand “White Supremacy”, they know not where to start, how to start and what is needed to lessen the “right of white” privilege that is ingrained in all of our collective psyche.
In speaking about men and their reluctance to admit their culpability in oppressing women, McIntosh says, “denials that amount to taboos surround the subject of advantages that men gain from women’s disadvantages. These denials protect male privilege from being fully acknowledged, lessened, or ended.”
She further states that, “as a white person, I realized I had been taught about racism as something that puts others at a disadvantage, but had been taught not to see one of its corollary aspects, white privilege, which puts me at an advantage.”
I agree with her that Europeans are carefully taught not to recognize white privilege, which in time had become an “invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was “meant” to remain oblivious.” An unconscious unacknowledged privilege they are taught to accept as “morally neutral, normative, and average, and also ideal, so that when we work to benefit others, this is seen as work that will allow “them” to be more like “us.
This is the type of “trickknowledgy” of the “devils” the Honourable Elijah Muhammad spoke to his followers about. Who needs a set aside celebration of your ethnicity and culture, when you are celebrating and affirming your status as the apex of all that is “right” and “white”, 24/7/365. Ensuring that the “right of white” is maintained is the job of the propagandist in media and education, the enforcers in the judicial and political realm, and the somatic balm of the entertainment field.
The current dog and pony show happening between the donkeys and the elephants is both an instructive and cautionary tale of believing that hate can be “turned” by love. That if we just speak the soothing melody of go-along-to-get-along, audacity of hope that was taught to us by the very same European fantasy book that tells me that the omnipotent one is a White Male and is name is jealousy, that rednecks and Klans men/women, will slink off to their backwoods trailer park, soaking their depression in moonshine and crystal meth.
No! To over stand “White Supremacy”, will allow us to perceive that the hatred and willing bending of facts in the painting Barrack Obama as a terrorist, Muslim, etc, is beyond an identifiable group such as the Klu Klux Klan and other angry violent groups who will utilize the mob mentality to defend the “right of white”, they have grown accustomed to… like their skin. This is while Obama is trying so hard to be plastic man, contorting himself into every shape and figure imaginable to please his handlers, supporters and everybody else that has drank that Obama kool aid, believing that whether or not he gets into the Caucasian house, it will be sooooo good!
The starting five, is one of my favourite blog sites to get the 411 on America Inc.’s indiscretions. On this particular video we see how the mob mentality can lead ignorant and hateful people to devalue other people’s lives making it easier to kill. What’s also important again, as it relates to “the right of white” is the excuse this cave man uses at the end of the video, to explain away his violence.
If we have been following the temperature of the corporation America ever since…well they landed on Plymouth rock, we would see why love only, is NOT the answer but needs be backed up with some force. It’s unthinkable for right thinking right acting people to “follow the process”, when the process is based on the parameters set out by the oppressors and will often change once you figure out how it is played.
Yes this “election”, while testing the limits of patience and incredibility will also be a sociological study -more than Regan and the crack heads presidency- of how the shitstym really works and how much the notion of “the right of white” will indeed have on inter-cultural and ethnic relationships