Why Should White Women Teach White Women About Racism?
(Comedian and National Treasure, Sarah Cooper)
Sometimes people–invariably White people–question why I should be the one to teach anti-racism to other White people. For the most part, I believe this is a good-faith question brought by those with good intention regarding unpacking their own racism.
However, what it usually tells me is the questioner has already not been listening to BIPoC people at all. If they had, they would have already heard the following words hundreds of times.
Not every one of the following posts is from a Black person, but many are.
Read them now and understand why.
Read every one!
I see a lot of “look to your black friends” type posts. Your black friends already have jobs. They probably don’t want to also educate you on racism yet again. Books, however, are an excellent resource. Read! Audre Lorde. James Baldwin. Toni Morrison. Isabel Wilkerson. Etc.
white people, stop relying on the labor of black people to teach you about racism, teach yourself. Black people have deep rooted trauma, and asking them to explain that to you is selfish, it is not there responsibility to explain your own ignorance to you. #blm#blacklifematterspic.twitter.com/OkYd23f9Nr
Don’t DM/mass tag/text/email/carrier pigeon black mutuals to educate you. We’re sharing loads of resources, bail funds to contribute to every minute. Don’t see those tweets? That’s a who you don’t follow problem, not a black folks help me out problem.
Find more white folks to talk to about whiteness and anti-blackness
— Joe Truss – Culturally Responsive Leadership (@trussleadership) June 1, 2020
What white educators can do today to support racial justice: Read this thread and choose something to put in motion today. Pay attention to the part about not burdening Black folx with questions or requests. Find white friends to do this work with. #onethingforracialjusticehttps://t.co/jwD8JwRwry
If you are white and don’t know much about what is going on then this is your opportunity to educate yourselves! It should not fall to black people or POC to teach us about white privilege and systemic oppression…and when you learn speak up!
ITS LONG OVERDUE BUT IT REALLY IS TIME TO TEACH OURSELVES OUR HISTORY AND FOR WHITE PEOPLE TO LEARN THEIR TRUE HISTORY! IM SICK OF HAVING TO BE THE ONE TO TEACH & EDUCATE THOSE AROUND ME. LEARN YOURSELVES DAMN!! #BlackLivesMatter#BlackOutTuesday
It is not the job of black people to educate you on systemic racism, and the black history they don't teach you in school. White people, latinx people, immigrants to this country educate yourselves on all of this! As a Latina, that grew up in Puerto Rico, I had to…(thread) https://t.co/gFfnov3y01
ICYMI: This google doc was thoughtfully put together for white people and white parents. https://t.co/XRuyal44Zo. Read, teach your children, others, and more importantly yourselves. Do NOT rest on the laurels of black people and expect them to continue to do the work for you.
I dont want to be rude but asking a black person… What you can I do to stop racism? Um is the concept of not being racist and standing up to those who are, that hard to grasp? I try not to be aggravated but you asking me to help you help me is fucking weird.
— Tynisa the Cynical Gen X Witch Walker (@Kalarigamerchic) May 31, 2020
Why do black people have to teach everyone about racism? Take it upon YOURSELVES. Especially white Americans. This is not a new concept. Police brutality against black people has BEEN going on. Stop burdening our black communities when they’re already dealing with so much.
Fellow white people that are doing this, just stop! Pick up a book, teach yourself. Stand up to racists. Take the burden off of black people to end racism cause it is not their responsibility. https://t.co/9bQfCZYu2k
— KatieTeamKYandTeamJoeandKamala🏳️🌈 (@artnmusic4life) May 31, 2020
Fellow white people—do your own research or find sources already available. The black people you are asking to teach you should not have that responsibility put on them. It is not their job to teach you how to support them. They are going through enough trauma, teach yourself.
#white folks. Do not ask our BIPOC comrades to #educate you right now. Or ever. But especially right now. It’s the information age. Do a fucking google search on “racial inequality”. I guarantee you’ll be able to teach yourself for the next 6 months minimum.
— (((Joseph))) Black Lives Matter✊🏿 (@joseph_dov) June 1, 2020
Being useful? Wow move around. In the time it took you to write that asshole reply you could've just looked it up. Many poc especially black people are tired of white ppl telling them to teach them. like teach yourself 🙄
Regarding those last few tweets, it’s fairly common to see White people wanting to be absolved of guilt by having the forgiveness or approval of a Black person or people.
However, this is merely placing more emotional labor and weight on those who are already suffering from oppression, to make yourself feel lighter.
Working through and unlearning our conditioning into racism is hard work, sometimes painful, and always a lifelong process. You can’t authentically work on your own psychosocial dynamics if your motive is to “look better” to someone else or gain their approval.
Furthermore, no matter how hard we work on it, no one owes you or me absolution. That’s not how this works. Become better because it’s the right thing to do and will make society better for all of us.
It is NOT black folks job to absolve ur feelings of white guilt. That is entirely your job.
But the first thing you have to do is question why you don’t have any Black friends. Do you live in a mostly white community? Why do you live there? Do you go to a mostly white gym? Why? You have to examine the choices you’ve made that led to your mostly white surroundings.