Let’s WAKE UP!

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The God I know is nowhere near the reflection of hate I see today.

Ezekiel 16:49 states:

Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door.

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And Let’s not forget the Parable of the Good Samaritan

Luke 10:25-37

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

 

I may be speaking in code, but if the United States really is “the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave…” tell me:

  • When was bravery hiding behind borders?
  • When was bravery expressed or justified through the terms of self-interest?

 

Lastly, we could make ourselves the “greatest” country in the world, but without love we are nothing, just a clanging, useless cymbal (1Corinthians 13). And no one likes a useless, persistent, clanging noise!

The Witch Hunt

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Currently, the Other must reject their personage and their perspective to participate in artistic discussion (like they must do in order to participate in power). Whoever they are, whatever gender, ethnicity, culture, subculture, or other they are, they must put on the jacket, mask or monocle of the white-hetero-male-gaze and see, express, and be ever present in society’s self-reflection. They must see themselves filtered trough the self-portraits of the past and anything that does not fit within the reflective silhouette of these past portraits is a weakness, and is either silenced, purged, or used against one in the witch hunt.

Make no mistake, we are not a society above or beyond ludicrous panic. We still hunt for, sometimes put on trial, but always hang, burn, or drown our witches.

Let’s All Get Vulnerable

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Instead of being alienated from the discussion of White[1] Privilege, the separate phenomenon of racism, sexism, hetero-sexism, and classism are suddenly interconnected and understood as symptoms of homogenous privilege and thinking. Our separate discussions about race, sex, class, etc. can continue, but they can also find a collective origin and, in turn, the possibility for real solutions that fix these pandemics.

  • It may sound like I am advocating for the elimination of differences where differences should be celebrated. To be sure, I am not. When it comes to power and privilege, differences should be minimized as a way to allow for the celebration of differences; this is because one cannot celebrate all the ways one is different when these differences are used to silence or restrict one’s voice.
  • We need to remember that privilege has no room for vulnerability whereas, the experience of the Other is vulnerable without option[2]. So let’s all get vulnerable…

[1] White is a floodwall built out of fear. Even worse, these floodwalls are continually built (at great expense) around societies sitting on such high ground that even if on the off chance there is a highly unusual level of water, the real threat of a flood would be a statistical improbability.

[2] I’m confused by liberal, artsy intellectualism that tries to sterilize itself, or repress a prejudice with comments or attitudes that say “I thought I had myself covered;” its this idea that we can purge any and everything rotten and greedy and corruptible in ourselves and become a purified, righteous defender of all things right…I say, trying to purge one’s self from things like racism or sexism misses the point. It’s not the purge or the purification that is the end goal, it’s embracing an imperfect vulnerability, one that doesn’t try to say something about things like racism or sexual discrimination with the hope of being right. Instead, its about accepting, acknowledging, and embracing the threat of vulnerability which is a new experience for the privileged but the everyday mode of operation for the Other.

Avenues of Sameness

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  • I’ve said this already, but I hold privilege too[1]. In order to lay claim to my fair share of social currency and shed my disenfranchisement, I reject the idea that this privilege must be White. Claiming it as a White phenomenon single-handedly strips away whatever (little or lot) of privilege anyone Other may have. And in order for the collective us to be able to have real discussions of what privileges are fair and unfair, we need to move on to a discussion of Homogenous Privilege, the idea that we grant and gain access to power through avenues of sameness.[2]

[1] This is not because some polls consider Hispanic/Latino as White, but rather, despite that fact.

[2] The road rules managing avenues of sameness are what cause school children and adults alike to justify unkind and inhuman treatment directed toward someone that doesn’t acknowledge, can’t follow, doesn’t know, or chooses to ignore these unspoken, capricious rules. The sorrow of the Other is not caused by racism, sexism, heteronormativity, or classism, but by the overabundance and ever-changing set of micro and macro rules governing these avenues.

Reject the Tether

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  • We must actively seek to destroy the tether of White. It allows for the continued rejection of change.
    • Instead of having to claim one’s “whiteness” in order to access privilege, White as the empowered member of the binary needs to be dissolved, rejected, and stripped of its given power… This takes a good amount of re-writing and re-thinking…
    • Peggy McIntosh[1], I thank you for everything you have accomplished, but I want to change your term; not to rewrite your accomplishment of awareness, but to expand it. Insert the term Homogenous Privilege
      • [1] Peggy McIntosh is an author and thinker known for her essay, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”

The Problem with Terminology

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  • The problem with the term White Privilege is where the term begins to break down. The truth is, this term can only account for a Western-normative phenomenon, and not the phenomenon of power-holds in Eastern locals or countries in the West where light skin/white culture is not the norm.
  • Terms like White or “Male/Female” are symptomatic of the overreaching and flawed logic of humanity’s propensity for binary thinking. Constructive thinking is always trying to simplify, compact, and maintain compartmentalized categories. This happens largely as a way to simplify semantics (it is hard, for example, to refer to every race, ethnicity, and region directly and efficiently, so terms like White arise as a way to simplify discussion and identification). However, we need to fight this tendency, or at least fight the fallacy that these terms are inherent in humanity, that they simply exist and are not created.[1]

[1]The points I bring up here are not meant to be an advocacy for relativism; I insist in the truth that language is inherently flawed in describing… well, anything. I also insist in the truth that language inherently favors the flavor of its privileged benefactors. I insist in the truth that people gain, measure, and mediate power based on subscriptions for or against things like “proper” language usage, even though these terms are flawed, imperfect and inherently inaccurate.

The Label of White #5

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The label White, in and of itself, is not right[1]. Not even when attempting to call it out.

What I mean is this:

  • Absorbed groups have the constant threat of being rejected and so, conform or over-conform to the status quo. It is an efficient way to conserve power and simultaneously deceive people into thinking they hold power, while the commanding handful increase their grip on it.

[1] the definition of the term here should be “morally good or justified.” The definition of “true or correct” also works…

The Label of White #4

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The label White, in and of itself, is not right[1]. Not even when attempting to call it out.

What I mean is this:

  • White is a term of convenience. It allows for the whitewashing of accepted outside groups to be absorbed into the power-holding force we call White. It allows for the maintenance of organizational structure and status. It insures that the power-holding group will not be out-numbered or taken over, but also allows for the disenfranchisement of these absorbed peoples upon whim, through the claims of “not being white enough,” or “not truly white.[2]

[1] the definition of the term here should be “morally good or justified.” The definition of “true or correct” also works…

[2] Often I’ve heard a version of these accusations come from the mouth of the self-obsessed U.S. citizen, claiming that one person or another is “not American enough,” or “not truly American,” and should do something like show proof of their birth certificate.  If these people are really seeking truth and want to be right, and for that matter, do justice to their point, they should request to see their tribal identification card. Yet, I doubt that’s what they mean.

The Label of White #3

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The label White, in and of itself, is not right[1]. Not even when attempting to call it out.

What I mean is this:

  • Discussing White Privilege, like discussing racism, sexism, classism, and hetero-normativism[2] is good and needed, but these discussions only address symptoms of larger language and social patterns that need to be studied and actively disrupted.

[1] the definition of the term here should be “morally good or justified.” The definition of “true or correct” also works…

[2] I am taking artistic liberty in re-phrasing the term hetero-normativity into “hetero-normativism” for effect. Because…you know, noshitsgiven.

The Label of White #2

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The label White, in and of itself, is not right[1]. Not even when attempting to call it out.

What I mean is this:

  • Most people seem to assume that the natural ending point for reversing White Privilege would be a magnetic shift, a reversing of the poles, and surely “this is not useful either.” This is where the fear of ‘reverse’ racism arises. It is, however, just a fear, not a viable, statistical, logical, or even semantic actuality. The fear that poles can shift, that those in power can lose it and those not in power can rise up and become even more oppressive, is used to create stasis. This stasis is even seen and felt in the well-meaning advocates of social justice.

[1] the definition of the term here should be “morally good or justified.” The definition of “true or correct” also works…