So, y'all might recall I /blew the fuck up/ at my white friend who lives in England.
Well, it seems it's really... it really got through to him, and he's like, starting to connect his own dots and form his own map of the intersections between facets of the kyriarchy.
He knows he's in part motivated by the emotionalism I stirred, so is riding that wave, and it's clear he's just, routinely amazing himself with realizations about the world around himself, now that he's thinking about it.
Here's some things he's brought up on his own:
1) "Wow I really am a cog at work, even my sympathetic coworkers can't hide that I'm replaceable if my wrist doesn't heal in a few days."
2) "My Jewish grandpa being forced out of Poland and having his named changed was white supremacy, wasn't it?"
3) "The fact I won't know any of that part of my family's history before 1942 is white supremacy too, isn't it?"
4) "Even how I sympathise with the issues we discuss is settler-colonial eh?"
I'm just so proud of him for recognizing that how his grandfather was treated - the fact he lives where he does and was raised by who he was - is directly caused by the intentional actions of white people working to make their culture the supreme culture of humanity.
Like, to me, that sounds like a... no duh?
But to him, it's a big leap forward. His grandpa wasn't adopted for a "better life," because... "better" is a colonial idea.
It's just great.
@emsenn if I didn't have immediate family that worked closely with social services I don't think I would've become aware of how pervasive and institutionalized white supremacy is even to this day. This isn't an "alt right" issue. It didn't go away and reappear. Despite public displays of reconciliation it has always been there and it's shameful.
In social services it is especially insidious because the racists are liberal or progressive and genuinely believe they are helping.
It is a subtle and almost surreal racism that is the most difficult to face. For example social workers today are constantly being "sensitive to and aware of indigenous culture" in their work, but sometimes in the most harmful way possible to their clients.
It's still an ingrained idea that living in 3rd world conditions is an artifact of "their culture" rather than the fact that they've had no agency over their own lives. "Helping" amounts to continuing to deny self determination.
@emsenn it is really mind blowing actually. People who I think are genuinely good intentioned and see a "great injustice", but it's an imaginary one...a mask over a deeper and very different injustice.
I mean, I guess the idea is that it was terrible that some white folk stole the means for native folk to become just like white capitalist folk? 🤷
I think the true nature of a person like this is revealed in how they react to being confronted. Some people are genuinely unaware until confronted.
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