I think it’s more than a “Tumblr movement.” I think it’s an eye opening shift in racial dynamics and, if anything, needs to go further.
My only problem with it is that white Tumblr users use it as a means of being even more racist. Look beyond what’s being said. White people perpetuation of oppression and blatant racism is ingrained in our culture. It’s all there to see. We just choose not to see it because it helps us sleep at night in order to wake up early in the morning to go to a job where we make more than the average person of colour for NO FUCKING REASON.
This is why white people are hated. Because we’ve shit on everything and everyone to get where we are and now we want to blame our ancestors while still benefiting off it.
And I’m not even a person of colour. I don’t know what it’s like to live with this constant, daily slap in the face. I don’t know what it’s like to have my culture stolen so that I can be laughed at and trodden on.
What I don’t get is why white people don’t see what’s going on. Why are we so offended by people of colour speaking out? Because we’re afraid of the truth, I imagine.
"But I’m white and I don’t do any of that shit." Yes, but you shouldn’t want a cookie for not being a racist. That should come naturally. And if you detest people of colour pointing out how white people constantly savage other cultures then…well…you are being racist. You’re being racist if you don’t want to hear it. When you choose to ignore it…because it’s easier.
Because “white people” doesn’t mean you. I mean, it does if it does, but it means a lot more than that. It means the history of white bullshit people of colour have had to put up with and it means the present…the now…of white bullshit people of colour have to put up with.
It’s the fact that a film called “Dear White People” has to be made for us to pay attention. It’s the fact that Iggy Azalea gets a BET Award over a black rapper. It’s nobody really giving a fuck when Bill Clinton gets his dick sucked and everyone giving a fuck when we can’t see Barack Obama’s birth certificate. It’s today’s politics, today’s media, today’s everything.
It’s something we, as white people, need to wake up to. Do you see the anger on Tumblr? Do you see just how much white people are hated? IT’S REAL. How about we do something about it? How about we own up to what’s going on around us and change the playing field?
As a white person, it’s not hard to say, “Yes, I see why you hate white people.” It’s not hard to understand why. And yet we’re desperate to protect ourselves. From what? What are we arguing against? Being shows our true colours? Being shown how we adamantly claim we’re not racist and yet remain very comfortable in the racist bed we’ve made for ourselves? “Oh I hate slavery but I’m perfectly content with all the benefits it’s brought me.” We’re a living hypocrisy.
So yeah…I’m for it. Being offended by it would be ridiculous. If Tumblr is the only place people of colour have to vocalize the truth, then something is still very, very fucked up with the world.