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Reply to "Why White People Are Afraid"

Originally posted by virtue:
Originally posted by Nmaginate:
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.



You know, in a way, it almost makes me feel sorry for White people. It must be disturbing to live in fear that someday you might reap the enormous negative karmic debt that your people have sewn.