February 6, 2007 at 6:49 am (anti-racism, Motherhood, women of color)

dearie me,

i am in my last months of pregnancy yay! and have discovered a new way for white people to be racist: belong to an anti-racism group.  this way they still get to self-righteous (look at how i am really trying to address racism!), martyred and victimized (it is so difficult to deal with racism because i just cant seem to get past my white privilege!)  and exclude people of color from the group (i didnt mean to marginalize you…i just thought that because you were of color/colored you weren’t as smart as me…i mean, i am really trying to address racism!  it is just so difficult to deal with racism because i just cant seem to get past my white privilege! and i cant change being white!)  i mean in all honesty i do not want to hear for a while about how difficult it is for white people to deal with their own racism.  you made your bed now lie in it.

i dont want to hear about all the work you have done on racism.  no you havent.  you have done the bare minimum.

i dont want to hear about the new people of color that you have spoken about racism, and the new insights you have had on your own racist patterns, or how powerless you are to make any real anti-racist changes because you are so busy and only one person…anti-racism is not a self-help pop psychology program…it is about people’s lives and deaths.

actually point of order:  never tell a black pregnant woman how you are too exhausted to talk to her about the racism you perpetuated against her.  i know peace-loving lawyers who defend the right of a pregnant woman to murder stupid people.   seriously.

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