This one goes out to all the white supremacists, and the purveyors and supporters of centering a white supremacist narrative to subvert the lives and experiences of Black people and other people of color: STOP IT.
I reblogged this video on my Tumblr a while back, responding to this bemusing and perplexing example of White Nonsense (otherwise known as fraud and identity theft), with this bit of my own narrative/experience and my thoughts on it:
Kinda funny, I guess? But with even a little thought, it’s very much not. It’s downright depressing and enraging. Because all I can think is … “GODDAMN, it’s good to be a white man on Planet Earth!”
All the crazy shit white people, especially white men, can get away with BLOWS ME AWAY. Black and Hispanic people often don’t get away with breathing, if they’re in the wrong place at the wrong time.
And we all know that whoever the fuck this dude is telling the story (I presume he’s a famous person? Perhaps he’s fucking a Kardashian–whichever one isn’t shackled to Kanye?), he’s not going to prison or jail or even for a time-out. If he even gets a call from the real Benjamin-whoever, there’ll be more laughter than threats or extortion.
It’s fucking XANADU to be a white man on Charles Darwin’s Earth–the skies are the limit!
It needs to be that good for ALL PEOPLE … or for none–not a one.
That’s how equity, equality, and justice work, or they don’t work AT ALL.
This was the response — the only response, by the way — that my in-passing reblog received:
Um. . . .
Talk about white supremacist narrative co-opting, centering, and gaslighting, at its LAZIEST and most pathetically unreasoning and unreasonable.
This was my response:
If me not enjoying a simple story of dumb white boys thinking IDENTITY THEFT is a fun pastime for either side of the identity theft-equation is annoying — THAT “TURNING A FUNNY STORY ABOUT RACE” is annoying of me to do, [White Supremacist Rando’s Tumblr Handle Here], imagine how awful it is to LIVE IT. To live a life where you’d happily not see race as an issue, but the world won’t LET YOU. And it’s documented FACT that if you try to pretend, and go do some silly, white boy-shit — like STEAL SOMEONE’S IDENTITY FOR FUN THEN BRAG ABOUT IT ON NATIONAL TV — you’ll end up with a eighteen bullets in your head and back because some cop feared for his life when you exhaled too hard during the arrest.
YOU’RE sick of racism. GREAT. So am I. Join me in being an anti-racist (similarly, anti-homophobia, ant-ableist, anti-transphobia, etc.) and work with me to help end prejudice against and for any, and all. Direct, nonviolent action against injustice, inequality, lack of equity, and bigotry is calorie-free and free-of-charge. And if you like, I can literally, sincerely, offer help, links, phone lines, reading material, and suggest some AMAZING groups to help you get to work on that. SERIOUSLY.
We would LOVE to have more folks helping with this great, but seemingly endless and thankless work. Sometimes, it gets lonely and, I’ll be honest . . . sometimes, randos on the internet WILL GASLIGHT YOU and passive-aggressively demean the life-experience that colors the way you see the world through no fault of your own.
But, more of us working together . . . the hands of the many, and all that. We would be grateful and heartened by more support from all corners and anyone of good heart and a genuine desire to see injustice be a thing of the past.
And once that’s done — ONCE RACISM, BIGOTRY, AND PREJUDICE OF ALL KINDS IS ENDED FOREVER, and everyone can tell amusing stories about IDENTITY THEFT AND OTHER YOUTHFUL SHENANIGANS THAT DON’T END IN BULLETS AND DEAD BLACK AND BROWN BODIES, I guarantee you will NEVER hear another complaint like this from me again.
OR . . . you can shut the fuck up, fuck right off back into YOUR OWN SPACE, and kiss my Black ass on your way. THAT, TOO, is a set of options that’s enticingly calorie-free AND free of charge. And don’t worry . . . I won’t follow you back there with my bad, ol’ truths about REALITY AS I LIVE IT to rain on your luxurious parade. I’m not THAT KIND OF INTERNET RANDO.
That’s two amazing options, [White Supremacist Rando’s Tumblr Handle Here] ! Choose wisely for yourself and peace be unto you, no matter which you choose.
And that’s MY simple story, which is ALL about race, because . . . for people of color, especially BLACK PEOPLE, it’s never about anything else. The world won’t LET IT BE about anything else.
To this disingenuous, bad faith Tumblr commentor and to any similar commentors/comments about why EVERYTHING doesn’t have to be about race, I say in TL;DR-form: For some of us, that “just a story” is a stark delineation of how UNEQUAL AND INEQUITABLE life is on this planet, if your skin can’t pass the paper-bag test. That doesn’t invalidate our narrative and center yours. The reverse is also true. TWO DIFFERENT THINGS can be true at the same time, and not devalue or disprove each other.
So, this one goes out to all the white supremacists, and the purveyors and supporters of centering a white supremacist narrative to subvert/co-opt the lives and experiences of Black people and other people of color. STOP IT.
“B.J. Novak Stole Someone’s Identity When He Was 14.” The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, YouTube. May 12, 2016. [3:44] As a teenager, B.J. Novak wanted a fake I.D. As an adult, he’s confident the statute of limitations has expired. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGGHbfad-Nc
“Just Paul Mooney reaction gif.” Garrett53, Imgur.com. Posted June 8, 2017. https://imgur.com/t/gif/BXn1m
Also used: Various gifs grabbed from Giphy.com and THE INTERNET, and used in previous articles of mine.