You Might Be Supporting White Supremacy If…

Just Because You “Don’t See Color” Doesn’t Mean You’re Not Supporting White Supremacy

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Racism is a major issue in this country and yet it’s nearly impossible to find any self-identifying racists. We’ve progressed to the point where there is a social stigma attached to it, and thus to even suggest someone might be racist is a sure-fire way to shut down a conversation. So in an ode to Jeff Foxworthy's “You Might be a Redneck if…”, I’ve come up with, what I hope is, a less abrasive way to discuss this sensitive topic. Feel free to add your own in the comments below.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you think being a racist is a yes or no question.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you only count burning crosses and saying the n-word as racism.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you assume having a Black friend means you’re not racist, especially if you’ve never talked to that “friend” about their experiences with racism.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you believe that racism isn’t a major factor in America’s disproportionate incarceration rates, household incomes, and life expectancy.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you’re on the same side of any issue involving race as white supremacists. (Imagined if I agreed with any opinion a Nazi has about Jews.)

You might be supporting white supremacy if you have used the excuses of civility and formality to ignore someone else’s cries for Fucken Justice.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you can understand that increased Covid testing leads to increased positive cases but don’t understand that targetted policing of minority communities has led to increased law violations being found. (Let the cops do a raid of a Harvard dorm and see what they turn up.)

You might be supporting white supremacy if you attend a segregated church.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you view all these incidents of police brutality as occurring in a vacuum and not as being part of a larger historical pattern.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you were taught the Civil War wasn’t about slavery and thus think having statues up to slave-owning traitors makes sense.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you harbor misogynistic views. (Racism and sexism often go together.)

You might be supporting white supremacy if you’re willing to overlook the fact that Black people and white Surpremicists are in agreement about what Confederate statues represent.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you claim to support Martin Luther King but don’t know anything more about him than his “I Have Dream Speech.” Speaking of which…

According to King, you might be supporting white supremacy if you value “law and order” over justice.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you think being moderate in the face of other people’s oppression is a virtue.

You might be supporting white supremacy if your support for other people’s human rights can be ended because of broken glass.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you redefine the use of force every time you see a police killing.

You might be supporting white supremacy if your idea of freedom involves telling others to do whatever a cop says or risk death for disobeying.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you support the war on drugs, long prison sentences, and ever-harsher punishments for criminals.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you think schools should be funded based on property taxes and not the number/needs of students.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you support measures that make it harder for people to vote.

You might be supporting white supremacy if your words and thoughts echo those of your ancestors. (A lot of them were really really racist, yall.)

You might be supporting white supremacy if you claim you, your family, or this country got over racism but can’t point to when that happened or any specific actions taken to overcome it.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you think the government should play no role in leveling the playing field or making up for historical injustices in our society.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you can’t understand that Black people have not had the same history in this country as white Americans and thus might not want to stand for the flag or anthem.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you grew up believing that talking about racism and politics was taboo. (That’s like saying talking about morals and ethics is taboo.)

You might be supporting white supremacy if you believe America would fall apart but for hyper-aggressive policing.

You might be supporting white supremacy if you don’t at least realize how socially segregated our society still is.

You might be supporting white supremacy if your reaction to Covid has been, “Well, it's not affecting me and my family,” because that's probably your reaction to racism too.

You might be supporting white supremacy if don’t know about the Tulsa and Rosewood Race Massacres, the Tuskegee Experiments, the Willmington Coup, or the Move Bombing in Philly. (Ignorance of history has been a powerful tool of white supremacy.)

You might be supporting white supremacy if you think you don’t have any work to do improving yourself and overcoming the racial biases you grew up with that simply come from living in a white supremacist society.

Writer, Traveler, Educator, Mardi Gras DJ with a JD. Author of “Stranger in a Stranger Land: My Six Years in Korea” and “When a Stolen Child Returns.”

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