White ppl colonized Africa/Americas, enslaved or demolished all in their way, built US on this legacy. #whiteprivilege
As the image below illustrates...
Unfamiliar with Turkish history myself, I wasn't sure what this was supposed to mean. I glanced over the person's profile and saw that the A in his/her handle stood for against. The bio read, "Keeping you informed of anti-white violence, past and present. Is multiculturalism worth dying for?"
Naturally, my first thought was that this person must be a white supremacist, but I thought I'd take the bait anyway. It couldn't hurt... could it?
I responded, "I can only speak to my own experience as a white person in the US. I'm admittedly not as familiar w Turkish history."
Here's the conversation that ensued (@Violence's words in italics):
Why can't you look at the world outside your own borders? There's nothing stopping you knowing about world history. Maybe if you stopped and looked at world history, you'd see that white people aren't responsible for all the wicked in the world.
It's not about knowing global politics or history, but knowing where I have influence. I don't have much, but what I do have is in the US. I don't really believe in borders, but it's obvious enough that the US has lots of power/privilege and whites here have it the most.
The point I'm making is that invasion, colonisation and enslavement isn't (sic) something that's unique to white people. It's not as if Red Indians were all sitting around having Social Justice meetings before Columbus introduced them to warfare.
I know that whites aren't the only or even the most evil people. But right now white people have the most power/privilege in the world and therefore need the most accountability. The fact that other people - i.e. "Red Indians" - do evil does not justify my own evil; I don't believe that evil ever justifies evil. So I will continue to take myself and others, especially those with power/privilege, to task.
In any case, I found it noteworthy that the comments came from a person who intends to keep folks "informed of anti-white violence." I'm left wondering whether s/he perceived my initial tweet as a threat, or regards a call to check #whiteprivilege as an attack against whites, or otherwise interprets my tweet or blog post as a call to violence?
Keeping in mind that I myself am blessed by the privileges I am writing about, please know that my objective is not to call for any kind of violence against people who have privilege. I am a pacifist (which I recently learned is regarded by some as a philosophy of privilege, but that's a topic for another post!) and I do not advocate violence against people, especially for something as arbitrary and uncontrollable as the pigment of one's skin, or his/her gender/sexual orientation, etc (this goes for both the privileged and the oppressed, as far as I'm concerned). I hope and trust that conscious people of all stripes can work in solidarity without resorting to systems of domination and oppression. to which violence invariably lends itself.