I haven’t taken a good picture in a good long time and I’m hoping to change that tomorrow.
I’ve finally reached the end of a successful semester and I already miss it. It’s such a new feeling to actively engage my campus and the people I interact with. It took a while, but I can finally say that I love it and even that I don’t want to be elsewhere.
Tomorrow I’ll explore in the snow and relax with friends and I have nothing else to say other than happy winter, friends.
A very big problem with victimising yourself with respect to racism is that you choose to view it in a closed system. The system: you saying something as a well meaning student, and people attacking you out of nowhere, it seemed. The problem is that it wasn’t out of nowhere. Everything you have said on the subject has been said before, and unfortunately it has all been analysed for racist content. The problem with calling victims aggressors is that you subsequently completely illegitimise the hardship of being systematically oppressed by claiming ‘well I’m being oppressed by these people!’ It is very easy to make the mistake of thinking that is ok, but even with respect to laws of physics, what is true on a small scale is not true when looked at from a distant view. To simplify human interaction that way is a bit of a disservice to the complexity of the field you study. I’m not going to argue with you on definitions because I can work with yours. But hear this: the majority of racism experienced by any person in the world today is an instance of (or a direct result of) institutionalised racism, that particular racism that has historic context. That is the prerequisite you failed to realise. And when speaking in terms of this racism, you contribute to the negative social climate by victimising yourself as a white male who has had the privilege of selectively affirming the ‘types’ of racism people experience. It is very suspicious for many POC that you would choose this route. I’m choosing to believe that you simply don’t know. It’s hard to tell when you speak with such conviction on race when you can’t have possibly studied or experienced race and race relations as much is necessary for commentary. I don’t mean that to say that you shouldn’t be involved in the discourse. I say this because you are dealing now with people who aren’t afraid to defend themselves fiercely against this white-centric view of race, and it pays to have a certain amount of humility when approaching this topic, and others similar. (a humility that is not apparent from your interaction thus far.)