(Continued from Part 2: Xander Grows Up)
“We are geared towards the average, rather than the exceptional…”
A fantastic 6-minute explanation of systemic racism,
privilege and white supremacy.
As I stated before, I was essentially raised to become a Republican. As such, I was a (now recovering, former-) Fox News watcher. When Barack Obama was running for president—and later, when Obamacare was being passed—I turned to Fox News because it was the only outlet that was against him. Of course, I defended the network and its cast of pundits whom I so religiously watched. At the time, their arguments—which seemed to be mostly economic in nature—made sense to me. After all, slavery and Jim Crow were a thing of the past, right? Needless to say, I didn’t share any of this with my new friends.
It wasn’t until the movie Dear White People was being made that I slowly started to understand the concepts of systemic racism, privilege, micro-aggressions, and white supremacy. I had noticed that many of my black friends had come from (in many cases much) lower socioeconomic circumstances than myself, and that many had trouble with things like credit—things that I had merely taken for granted. I was also realizing that I was agreeing with Fox News less and less, mainly because their arguments only made sense in a world where racism and white supremacy didn’t exist. I could give examples, and probably will for future ones, but Jon Stewart has already done a much better job than I could ever hope to.
I had also noticed that the Republican Party had become increasingly partisan, and I was also agreeing with them less and less. While the ideas of limited government, lower taxes, Second Amendment rights, and personal responsibility all appealed to me, the rigid ideals of the socially-conservative religious right completely clashed with my atheist, socially-liberal ideology. Despite this, I still couldn’t become a Democrat. So, I began subscribing to the Libertarian Party; a party which is, by no means perfect, or even cohesive.
Regardless of party, I became more aware of racism and white supremacy; not only in society, but my own subconsciously racist thoughts and actions—something I struggle with to this very day. I began getting frustrated in social situations around white people that were ignorant of their own privilege, and even more frustrated when the media would report injustices against black people through a lens of white supremacy. This came to a head during what was called either the 2015 “Baltimore Riots” or the “Baltimore Uprising” in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death. Seeing my city in chaos was tough, but hearing the media downplay the root cause was absolutely vexing.
The Charleston Massacre was the tipping point as to what led me to create this blog. While the slaughter of nine people in a historic black church was absolutely horrifying, the response from both society and the media was just positively galling.
I was tired of being frustrated. I could feel the anger consuming me. I knew I had to channel it into something before it destroyed me.
So I created this blog. Now let me tell you all about it.
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