Originally posted by @kquinn909
The white man did it. Don't think so. Been going on forever. Todays special. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4043559/isis-sold-captured-women-sex-slaves-mosul-document-reveals/
I don't know of any historian who's claimed that slavery's *exclusively* imposed by white people upon non-white people.
That said, I doubt that an already known racist white American writer has any sincere interest in history.
I would submit that this thread is another of the tireless attempts by white people to deny
or minimize the historical or continuing responsibilities of white people for racism.
Here's an article by Jamie Utt (a white man) on racism:
"Here Are the Real Reasons Why We White People Struggle to Admit That Racism Still Exists"
"I see my fellow White people so wrapped up in defending the idea that systemic racism doesn’t exist that
we are unable to empathize with the real pain caused to people of Color by racism, both interpersonal and systemic."
That defensiveness and absence of empathy seems almost universal among the white writers here.
"Why are we so resistant to acknowledging the countless examples of our racial privilege?
What do we risk by actually empathizing with people of Color and acknowledging how racial oppression plays out in our society?"
"When someone calls us as White people out for racist behavior or language,
we are almost never being accused of being card-carrying members of the KKK.
Yet so many of us are stuck in a surface level, 1950s conception of racism where
we can clearly identify it as wearing White hoods and burning crosses.
But even then, racism was far more complex and insidious."
"Racism is about the ways that virtually all of the systems in which we live
(economic, educational, judicial, medical, and so on) were created to serve White people
(particularly White, cisgender, straight men) while oppressing people of Color."
"One of my favorite authors on the topic, Dr. Zeus Leonardo, lays out this distinction well,
noting that Whiteness is something created by wealthy Europeans that subsumes all
light-skinned European ethnicities into one identity.
Why was Whiteness created? For social control: to allow wealthy White elites to unite
poor and middle class Whites against people of Color."
"White People Benefit Materially from Racism
Therefore, most of us have an unacknowledged political and economic stake in maintaining White supremacy."
"But benefitting from racist systems doesn’t mean that everything is magically easy for us.
It just means that as hard as things are, they could always be worse.
We could face the daily onslaught of overt and covert racism that impedes people of Color
on top of all of our struggles."
"White People Have an Emotional Stake in Denying White Supremacy
Because that way, we can avoid dealing with how we’re complicit in its pervasiveness.
Admitting that we’re acting in racist ways or supporting racist systems is terrifying. And it hurts.
Scarier still is doing the deep emotional reflection to understand the ways that we may be truly racist deep down. "
"Or that we are far more outraged by allegations of our own racism than by the everyday racism that destroys people’s lives?"
How did Jamie Utt begin to unlearn his racism?
"They asked me to quiet myself and listen to the voice of people of Color who described
devastation caused by the everyday interpersonal and systemic racism.
They challenged me to get in touch with my human capacity for empathy."
Almost none of the white writers here (including the 'liberals' ) have shown any sincere
willingness to listen respectfully to how non-white people are afflicted by everyday racism.
"All of us as White people are offered a choice, then. Will we choose to live into our values and
into our human capacity for empathic concern? Or will we invest in the alluring benefits of Whiteness?
If we choose the former, then we have to resist our inclination to be defensive when talking about
racism and our own complicity in its systems. We can’t pretend that we are simply “post-racial.'"