Dear #WhitePeopleAgainst Racism, it’s going to take a lot more than a hashtag.
Originally published July 28, 2019 on Twitter @Ajahswrite
Note: I was recently informed of the fact that you can use Twitter threads as writing clips. This is a thread I wrote in response to the trending hashtag #WhitePeopleAgainstRacism. The only changes made to these tweets are minor edits for regular human reading.
Dear #WhitePeopleAgainstRacism, it’s going to take a lot more than a hashtag. Getting rid of 45 won’t end racism or ‘fix’ what is wrong with this country. 45 is not the disease, he’s the symptom. Y’all late, but I’m glad you’re here. Now let’s talk about cognitive dissonance.
A lot of white people don’t understand how we got here. James Baldwin says white people are trapped in a history that they do not understand. Until you understand it, you can’t be free of it, and neither can we. Herr Twitler is not destroying your country. He’s revealing it.
We are outraged by children and cages at the border and we say, “this is not America!” Conveniently forgetting that America came up with eugenics. American eugenicists were mad about Hitler because they felt he was beating us at our own game.
People have to carry around identification to prove they are a citizen, and we’re outraged. “Here, in America?” There’s no point in US history when we have NOT controlled the movement of one group of PoCs or another. Reservations. Black codes. Japanese internment camps. Prisons.
We’re disgusted by the way the 45 treats people of color like they’re not ‘real’ Americans. People of color have always had to prove our Americaness, typically in ways that visit active or passive harm upon ourselves. In fact, the only Americans that don’t have a hyphen are white people.
Chinese American. African American. Even Native or Indigenous American. When is the last time you heard someone referred to as Caucasian American? And don’t give me “I’m of Italian American ancestry and I call myself Italian American.” Goody for you. The census calls you white.
And I get that when your ancestors came here, they weren’t considered white. But eventually they proved their loyalty to the gang of white supremacy by exerting active or passive violence towards my ancestors and cashed in on the whole ass benefits packet, so please sit down.
I’m glad white people are finally starting to figure out that 45 is American Hitler, but y’all need to understand something he gets that most ‘good white folx’ don’t… White supremacy is the operating system of our country. It’s the algorithm, and Trump just hacked it.