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White liberals and centrists give platforms to white supremacists because they have one common goal – white supremacy.

Dear Liberal White Folks,

I remember when you started pinning little safety pins to your clothes – you said they were to show that you were nice white allies and the protection brigade for marginalized people of color, whereas I thought you were wearing them as badges which said “I didn’t vote for him, I’m one of the nice ones.” – those were simpler times.

Well, we’re 136 days deep into this new presidency and shit is going about as well as we thought it would. So many of you have been surprised that white supremacists and Nazis exist and that they’re not just online trolls but actual people who go to work and breathe. Not only do they breathe, but they also kill people and if they’re not killing people, they’re our politicians who are simply enacting policies which threaten the most marginalized of us.

However, I don’t trust either of you. Why? I don’t trust Nazis (duh), and I don’t trust white liberals all that much either because your whiteness binds you to each other and you’re constantly defending whiteness and upholding white supremacy even when it seems like the worst idea.

 

So many of you maintain friendships with white supremacists and if you’re not doing that, then you’re writing humanizing portrayals of them, sort of like how feminist writer Laurie Penny did in her profile of Milo Yiannapoulos where she described pro-rape, misogynist trash bag, Roosh V as being, “tall and well-built and actually rather good-looking for, you know, a monster.” Your insistence on attempting to make more room for white supremacists is exhausting but you have the advantage of white privilege, so the odds are that you’ll be safe-ish.

If you are capable of putting aside someone’s blatant racism in order to be friends with them, then you are no better than them (looking at you, Laci Green). You are condoning white supremacy, you have the luxury to approve of their vile thoughts because your whiteness protects you from harm. They’re not hanging nooses in your front lawn or sending you death threats for being honest about the history of this nation.

There will never be a good explanation for why you choose to be friends with someone who openly hates people of color. There is no good excuse for you to even be civil to a family member who feels that way either. Your silence is complicity.

I’m going to repeat myself, but I must emphasize this: your whiteness binds you to each other and it is safer for us to not trust you. I know first hand that whiteness is more important to you than my safety and the safety of all Black, brown and indigenous folks. White liberals and centrists give platforms and the benefit of the doubt to white supremacists because they have one common goal–white supremacy.

 

 

Featured image: screenshot from HBO

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Lara Witt (she/they) is an award-winning feminist writer who primarily writes about feminism, racism, pop-culture, mental health, and politics. Witt received her BA in Journalism from Temple University and interned for Philadelphia CityPaper’s arts and entertainment section and the Philadelphia Daily News covering local news, court stories, and crime. Following her graduation, she became increasingly committed to writing about gender, race, and queer identity by using Black and brown feminist theory to analyze current news and politics. Witt freelanced for national and local publications, which led to her working with Wear Your Voice Magazine eventually becoming their EIC and rebranding the site to focus primarily on using the analytical framework of Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw’s theory of intersectionality. Video Player is loading. Witt’s goal is to provide platforms for marginalized voices with a focus on having other Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) writers tell their own stories and explore their own narratives. Witt has spoken at local Philadelphia events, such as the March to End Rape Culture (2017) and curated a yearly series of events called The Electric Lady Series. These events highlight women of color in Philadelphia by exploring gender, rape culture, entrepreneurship, art, self-care, sex, and culture.

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  • Nabster

    Roosh V is Iranian and Armenian.

    May 6, 2020
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