But when white people got up in arms at the Pumpkin Festival in Keene, New Hampshire, a few weeks ago — for apparently no reason whatsoever — they were merely accused of “disruptive behavior.”
The two situations — Black protests in Ferguson and white drunken violence in Keene — are not at all equivalent. However, it’s revealing how the two groups are perceived so differently by us…oh, my mistake…not by us but by them, (white) society and the (white) media. But how is it that Black people protesting ‘murder by police’ is condemned by white America, while white protest over the lost of a game is excused and explained away?
Well, according to Philip Bump in his June 19, 2015 Washington Post article, ‘Why We Shouldn’t Call Dylann Roof A Terrorist’, blatently explains, he, they, whites…identify with Roof because they share a skin color: “Most Americans are white, and we see white people like ourselves. When I see Dylann Roof, I remember being a white male his age, barely out of my teenage years and experiencing weird anger in a difficult time…. We can identify much more easily with who he is.”
They see things from ‘their’ world view, ‘their life experiences that inform them…not ours. The two world views are different…’their’ life experience is different from ‘ours’…isn’t it? Whether you think so or not, Bump has explained the difference. And, it’s understandable.
From our world view and life experience, stated differently, it’s racism/white supremacy. But what can we do about it. Two things, I think…1st, accept that they identify with other whites, not us. It’s understandable, its natural, and the human thing to do.
But we need to detox from thinking they see us all the same way…they don’t…
So to detox, the 2nd thing we can do is make a new habit of identifying microaggression, counter microaggressions, fight against racist media assaults.
Let’s begin write editorials identifying the hypocrisy and demanding fair/equitable media coverage. Let’s stop letting it slide.
These are assaults, racial assaults and they take their toll on us…psychologically, they really do. Siting them,…every time they occur will, at least, I think…get us in the psychological position of ‘self defense’…playing a ‘racial dozens’, if you will. The practice will counter the ‘internalized racial inferiority’ we’ve been taught.
Yes, I think identifying, countering, and ‘fighting back’ against racial assaults is a ‘good habit’ for us to form…a psychological self defense thought mechanism.
What do you think my idea?
What else can we do to help us heal?
Is this an example of a microagression or should we call it something else?