Let me address each of your complaints in numerical order.
- Reverse Racism is not a thing. Let me copy/paste so you can see WHY it is not a thing.3.You’re not Mother Theresa, if you want to talk about Evil open a history book and read how all your white ancestors went to foreign countries and enslaved them and just made a shitload of problems. THAT is evil. My blog? Not so much. You are not important, and you will not be missed. Please educate yourself before you bring this backward ass logic into my ask box. Seriously, I have a button on my blog SPECIFICALLY for white people to click before asking questions. I suggest you click it.
Let’s start out simple with this post.
Haven’t we all heard it before?
-“I got bullied in school for being white. You can’t tell me that’s not racist!” No, this is called you being picked on by a mean child.
-“Someone called me cracker!” This is someone calling you by your privilege.
-“People can be racist against white people too.”
No, they cannot. There is an inherent logical fallacy in your argument that will never make it true. However, white people can be discrimated against. Discrimination is different from racism.
Let’s start from the beginning. Your first step is to accept that “a hatred or intolerance of another race” is not the definition of racism. The dictionary is wrong. Get over it.
Racism is when intolerance in government laws, attitudes and ideals of a society are ingrained in a culture to the point where patterns of discrimination towards a certain race are institutionalized as normal. If you keep this in mind, you’ll understand that reverse racism doesn’t- and can’t- exist.
There is another saying “Racism (or sexism) = prejudice + power. POC (people of color) can be prejudiced against white people. But they can never have power, i.e. a whole system of structured support that backs them. White people often don’t understand how much power they have. Just ONE white person has more power to do actual harm to a black person than one hundred black people do to that white person. A white person can KILL a black person without any consequences, while if the situation was reversed you can bet the killer wouldn’t see the outside of a prison cell for a long, long time.
When white people complain about reverse racism, they are not complaining about losing their RIGHTS. What they are complaining about is losing their PRIVILEGE.
White people can never call someone else racist against them because that ‘someone else’ does not have the power to OPPRESS them. The person has the power to be mean.To hurt feelings.But not to OPPRESS.
THAT is the key difference. When a POC is mean to you, they are JUST being mean to you. Their entire society is not ACTIVELY discriminating against and oppressing you. Their society is not one where it is difficult for them to not be racist against you.
But yours is. And you need to accept that.
THE BDS movement presents Israel with its worst nightmare: a nonviolent movement, basing itself on the principle of equality and international law, that can bring together activists in the streets, at workplaces and on college campuses.
Israel can no longer afford to ignore its BDS critics, but whenever it tries to answer them, it inevitably ends up having to explain how the “Middle East’s only democracy” is based on an apartheid logic that would shame all but the most intransigent racists.
The growing movement in solidarity with Palestine is finding form in many ways. In countries around the world, for example, activists will again participate in Israeli Apartheid Week in March.
Many BDS campaigns are local, which gives them the capacity to touch people where they live, work, study and eat. At George Mason University, to take one instance, student activists organized a walkout during a graduation speech by Shari Arison, a billionaire Israeli businesswoman who profits from Israeli apartheid. They also succeeded in getting food services to provide alternatives to hummus made by Sabra, a brand with ties to the Israeli military.
There are also many opportunities to forge ties with other social justice causes, especially since the tactics of boycotts and divestment are familiar from many other struggles in history—the U.S. civil rights movement comes to mind.
It was precisely when the South Africa regime could no longer defend its legitimacy that it was clear that apartheid’s days were numbered. The BDS movement is hastening the arrival of those same days for Palestinians, eager to live as equal citizens in their indigenous land.
For all those who weren’t aware last night, UCLA (the most applied to academic institution in the world) hosted a 12-hour “dialogue” about divestment that hosted hundreds of speakers, not excluding Sarah, someone who I’m immensely honored to call a dear friend and a sister in Islam.
Unfortunately, UCLA, like other universitites, choose against divesting from five corporations who directly benefit from the continued erosion and demolishment of Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank. However, as this article quotes, BDS (which stands for boycott, divestment and sanctions- against trangressors of Palestinian livelihood) has grown tremendously in both popularity and support. What was once regarded as an insular movement has transformed into a global phenomenon with many powerful institutions choosing to withdraw both financial and political assistance from Israeli apartheid.
Five years ago, even having a bill like presented to constituents at UCLA wouldn’t have been thought possible and though the final vote didn’t provide the moral resolution, the tides of normalization are indeed changing and swinging in the favor of justice. If not this year, there will be another with even more mobility and awareness about the state of dire injustices that plague the apparatus of Israeli settler colonialism.
This is only the beginning and those who have rallied, given speeches and have been subjected to threats, harassment, slurs and hate speech (expected, but vile nonetheless) for standing on the right side of history should not take this as a loss, nor should they feel deterred by their noble efforts in any shape.