I’m white, I’m middle class, and I stand with Munroe. No offence, white people, but of course we’re all racist. Not by choice, but because we can’t help it. Society has made us this way. Let’s just think about this for a moment: racism was invented by humans.
Once upon a time, some fucking awful privileged white people decided that they were superior because of the colour of their skin and invented racism to suit them. They colonised bits of land and invented inferior humans because it made them appear more powerful.
Somebody recently said to me that privilege was the newest fad. The truth of the matter is the most privileged people in the world are those who can't recognise or understand privilege. By the way, it has nothing to do with how much money you have. If you're in any doubt about it, read this article.
We have a responsibility to stand up for what we believe and it’s all good and well to moan about something or get offended, but what has moaning and getting offended ever done except annoy everyone?
I’m a positive mental attitude kind of human, there’s nothing I hate more than negativity. But I don’t mind anger when it’s put to good use. When it’s used as fuel to influence or change something that you’re not happy with. Because it’s at that point that the negativity becomes positivity. When it is used to help, and support, and stand with people.
So, yes - I stand with Munroe because being silent and quietly plodding on with your life is not good enough. I tell people if they’re out of order, I pull people up if they upset someone, and I defend people when it’s right to do so. If you’re not doing the same thing, you are part of the problem.
If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a noise? If you have an opinion but you don’t voice it, is it valid? Do you really believe it? Because, if you ask me, your opinion is only valid once you are using it for some good.
Fight the power. Fight the system. Fight the patriarchy. Fight the media. Fight against everything that is fucking rubbish and hateful and discriminatory and homophobic and racist and sexist. Because if you’re not fighting it, you’re accepting it, and that’s just as bad as promoting it.
Actions speak louder than words, so here’s a few things that we, as privileged white people, can do.
- Support Black Lives Matter - @UKBLM
- If you witness racism - even micro-aggression in your social circles - call it out.
- If you witness somebody being racially mistreated, do not take on the perpetrator. Instead, support the victim by engaging them in conversation or just standing with them. Racists can only exist through hatred. They don’t understand compassion.
- Attend protests that rally against any figureheads who promote racism in the UK.
- Write, make, create art that promotes a message of peace and solidarity.
- Positivity is contagious. Talk to people. Challenge their views. Debate. Discuss.
United we stand, divided we fall.