Skip to main content

Reply to "Why White People Are Afraid"

Also neatly put in this fashion:


FEAR #1:

THE FEAR OF facing the fact that some of what we white people have is unearned.

FEAR #2:

THE FEAR OF losing what we have -- literally the fear of losing things we own if at some point the economic, political, and social systems in which we live become more just and equitable... in a world in which people have become used to affluence and material comfort, that possibility can be scary.

FEAR #3:

THE FEAR OF a system in which white people become the minority and could be treated as whites have long treated non-whites.... It's a fear of the depravity that lives in our own hearts: Are non-white people capable of doing to us the barbaric things we have done to them?

FEAR #4:

THE FEAR OF being seen, and seen-through, by non-white people... What if non-white people look at us and can see it [[that lingering racism we Whites all carry]]? What if they can see through us? What if they can look past our anti-racist vocabulary and sense that we still don't really know how to [[or refuse to]] treat them as equals? What if they know about us what we don't dare know about ourselves? What if they can see what we can't even voice?


I also found this statement by Jensen to be rather interesting:

From: White People's Burden

Let's go back to the question that W.E.B. Du Bois said he knew was on the minds of white people. In the opening of his 1903 classic, The Souls of Black Folk, Du Bois wrote that the real question whites wanted to ask him, but were afraid to, was: "How does it feel to be a problem?" Du Bois was identifying a burden that blacks carried "” being seen by the dominant society not as people but as a problem people, as a people who posed a problem for the rest of society. Du Bois was right to identify "the color line" as the problem of the 20th century. Now, in the 21st century, it is time for whites to self-consciously reverse the direction of that question at heart of color.

It's time for white people to fully acknowledge that in the racial arena, we are the problem.


This is indeed the conscious perspective of a few White "Anti-Racists", Tim Wise in particular:

RACISM IS A WHITE PROBLEM, and a problem that all whites must address.

From: Paleness as Pathology

In short, the project is to pathologize whiteness, white privilege, and institutional white supremacy. It is to make white culture -- the dominant cultural form on the planet today -- the problem, the enemy, not only of folks of color, but of whites too. It is to demonstrate that white supremacy is not only homicidal to the black and brown but suicidal to those of us who are members of the club that created it. For thirty years or more we've been subjected to one or another analysis, policy paper or best-selling book that sought to pathologize black folks, black culture, and black behavior. Blaming the victim has been elevated to high art in such a short time as this. Only by flipping that script and demonstrating that we have not a "Negro problem" (as it used to be said in the 60s) but rather a "white problem," are we likely to have a future at all, let alone one to which we should look forward.