Trump is yelling about how “ungrateful” Iraqis are just like Lindsey Graham stopped just short of That Word when the NAACP President gave the GOP-controlled Senate a “D” grade on race equity policy planning in hearings. People who believe passive denial of racism does no harm need to grok that connection.
“Ungrateful” is the giveaway to the supremacist hierarchical mindset implying that only certain people are entitled to unrestricted access to everything, and the people who are culturally, socially, and economically oppressed by those Certain People are to take what they’ve been “given” by the Certain People as opposed to being able to keep what they’ve EARNED with no reference to those people. It was the reason for racism, it was the reason the designation “white people” was invented (did you know there was no such thing as “white people by law” until 1681?).
It’s a feudal word, and if you thought that you are not mistaken. Also if you thought that that is really what the #OpusDei and Dominionist and otherwise imperialist faux-presidency Republi-cons are trying to create in this country, with a permanent second class caste of citizens with de jure (as opposed to de facto) limited rights, with their having all the property and doling it out as THEY see fit – which is also what Anand Giridharadas explains is behind a whole lot of that sinister billionaire philanthropy masquerading behind benign-looking intentions – you’re not mistaken about that either.
It would be great if the people who turn their heads away when systemic racism is pointed out understood better that when your head is turned is an optimal time for kleptocrats to steal your money, when you’re not paying attention
Also – please consider how many times and for what reason you’re willing to let the same people in power who do the same thing over and over again when they’re in power tell you the exact same lies
These women - Rachel Cargle, Layla Saad – have said some things directly that would be healing or learning for anyone reading here (and will put to rest, I think forever, the “why?” behind the concept of a Tone Argument, because we’re at a point where nobody has the time to explain anymore)
At the “Race 101” lecture at American University, Cargle concluded with a formula for anti-racist work: “Here’s how you can show up,” she said. “Knowledge plus empathy plus action. If you take any one away, you’re performing.” If someone said something racist, it was up to the white audience to get over their own discomfort and tackle the topic themselves. Reticence and recusing yourself is not possible in her world. “Racists should be the most uncomfortable people in your space,” Cargle said. “Racists should be terrified to be around you.”