Womens Sandals shoes Over Knee High Strap Open Toe Stilettos Rome Style Summer
The response of some of my fellow white people to the jeering mob of MAGA boys mocking a group of Native people (including Omaha elder and Vietnam veteran Nathan Phillips, pictured above) after the so-called “March for Life” anti-choice rally in Washington DC on Friday, has been less than spectacular. I’ve had all I can take of “let’s not rush to judgment” and “let’s avoid knee-jerk reactions” and “the media is playing to extremist assumptions.”
Women's Satin Pointed Toe Mid Kitten Heel shoes Slip On Pumps Sexy Party Casual
When you label people of color pointing out racism (or women pointing out sexism, or people with disabilities pointing out ableism, etc) a “knee-jerk reaction” or an “extremist mindset,” who does that serve?
Womens Sebago Dockside Suede W Beige Camel Premium Leather Boat shoes Size
Womens Sebago Victory Navy Wine Full Leather Brown bluee Boat shoes Sz Size .
Women's Sesto Meucci Italian Brown Leather Boots 9 M Mid Calf Heels 250 Whenever people of color discuss an incident of racism and we respond with “Let’s not rush to judgment” or “There could be guilt on both sides,” we’re deliberately ignoring every scrap of sociopolitical context. Who does that serve?
Womens Sexy Lace Up Stilettos High Heels Ankle Boots Pointed Toe Roma shoes New .
Let’s start with “let’s not rush to judgment.” We can all see in the video that their behavior is appalling, so what, precisely, is the white defense of the MAGA boys against people of color labeling their behavior “racism”?
Womens Sexy Peep Toe Platform Denim Over Knee Boots Stilettos High heel shoes Sz The white defense comes in various flavors of “we shouldn’t rush to judgment because we don’t know the whole story” and “They were just [standing there, dancing, smiling, etc] and did nothing wrong.” If you believe that there’s some important context that needs to be applied to this in order to fully understand it, you’re right. If you believe that there’s any context that could be applied to this to justify the actions of the MAGA boys, you’re wrong.
Womens sexy UK2.5-8 Peep Toe Stiletto High Heels Gladiator Sandals Boots If you believe knowing “the whole story” could exonerate the MAGA boys, you’re stating that the racist behavior of these MAGA boys could somehow have been earned by the Native elders. You believe that, at least some of the time, people of color share some blame in racism against them. That argument is, at its core, racist.
Women's Shining Block Mid Heel Ankle Boots Shiny Patent Rivet Pointed Toes shoes ‘
If you believe that the boys were “just standing there” or “just dancing” or “just” anything, you’re ignoring the entirety of the sociopolitical context, as if this incident happened outside of our culture and time; as if a white mob swarming a small group of people of color, MAGA hats, or chants of “build the wall” are minor details that have no cultural meaning or bearing on understanding this encounter.
Women's shoes Sneaker LIU JO Milano Alexa Running Fuxia Fluo New Who does it serve to ignore the fact that the actions of the MAGA boys happened within a pre-existing framework of white supremacy? Who does it serve to ignore that MAGA gear is a symbol of racism, an implied threat? Who does it serve to ignore that high school racism in the US has been widely accompanied by students shouting “TRUMP” and/or wearing MAGA gear? Who does it serve to ignore that mobs of white males, especially displaying racist symbology, have a long history of terrifying violence in the US?
Women's shoes Ankle Boots FIORENTINI + BAKER Paternity P-EIS 9 Leather Black
It’s Privilege 101 to excuse racism by scraping away the context and keeping focus on the actions of the moment, so that the person wielding their privilege is framed as just innocently doing X. “All he did was say she looked nice,” “All he did was stand there and smile,” “All he did was say that there are a lot of Jews in Hollywood,” “All he did was use the OK sign.” It’s a well-worn trick to protect privilege.
Women's shoes Boots CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Apollobotta Calf Black Silver New ‘
Women's shoes D.A.T.E. ( date ) 7 (EU 38) sneakers black white leather BX72-38 So when we pretend that the sociocultural context of this incident just doesn’t exist, who does that serve? It serves white supremacy.
Womens SHOES FRYE Leather Carson Regina Pointed Toe Flats Skimmers Size 11US
Women's shoes LIU JO 6 (EU 36) ankle boots black suede BS288-36
Perhaps even worse than “let’s not rush to judgment” is the claim that people of color are having a “knee-jerk reaction” rather than a reasonable response. When we make the claim that people of color are having a “knee-jerk reaction,” we’re insisting that people of color don’t know racism when they see it and are just reacting emotionally, without thought. We’re insisting that our “thoughtful” reaction that does not “rush to judgment” is superior, and should be deferred to. We’re insisting that there are ways in which people of color bring racism upon themselves, and that they are required to test all events thoroughly against white-created standards to satisfy us that they did not deserve the racism we gave them. We’re insisting that people of color require our consent to identify our actions as racist.
“But we don’t have the whole story.” While white people have no business telling people of color what is and what is not racist, let’s set that obvious fact aside for the moment to entertain the possibilities around “the whole story.”
Women's shoes MBT 5 5,5 (EU 36) flats black leather dynamic BX889-36 Look at the statements conservatives are making in the MAGA boys’ defense:
“He drummed right in that boy’s face.”
“He walked over to them before they swarmed him.”
“There was a group of Black people there calling the boys racist and homophobic slurs.”
“That Native elder has a history of instigation.”
“One of the Natives told the boys to go back to Europe.”
“The Natives were just using the boys for a hateful political stunt.”
Even IF conservatives are correct and every one of those statements is true, none of it excuses the way the MAGA boys behaved, none of it erases the sociopolitical context that gives cultural meaning to a swarm of MAGA gear-wearing white boys surrounding a small group of Native elders and jeering at them.
Womens shoes OLGA RUBINI 5 (EU 38) boots black leather BX859-38 People of color are not “rushing to judgment” or having a “knee-jerk reaction.” They’re identifying something they’ve learned to identify through generations of experience.
Women's shoes Slip-on Mules Low Crystal Heel Suede Leather Pointy Toe New shoes
WOMEN'S SHOES SNEAKERS PUMA BASKET HEART PATENT There’s a reason the smug smirk on the featured MAGA boy’s face has instigated such a visceral reaction from everyone who is not white or male.
Women's shoes Square Toe High Block Heel Slip-on Mules Leather slippers Fashion .
Speaking from personal experience, every woman knows what that smug smirk means. Every woman knows what it means when a privileged white boy blocks your path and stands inches from your face with a smug smirk. Even most white men know, if they’re honest, the face of the smug, taunting bully. We have all been victimized by that boy, watched as the adults excused it, watched as their mothers lied– as — to make us the aggressors.
Womens shoes Yellow Box OAK Ankle Boots Booties Brown Size 8.5 .
To quote Ruth Graham from the Slate article I linked in the first paragraph:
“Anyone who knew the popular white boys in high school recognized it: the confident gaze, the eyes twinkling with menace, the smirk. The face of a boy who is not as smart as he thinks he is, but is exactly as powerful. The face that sneers, ‘What? I’m just standing here,’ if you flinch or cry or lash out. The face knows that no matter how you react, it wins.”
To the widespread knowledge of what entitled bullying looks like, add generations of racism and genocide against Native people. Add the daily grind of being a person of color in the US and having “TRUMP” shouted at you as a taunt as you’re just trying to go about your business, having “Trump is deporting all of you!” shouted as you as you’re walking down the street. Add generations of having to carefully scrutinize white behavior, learn its signs and symbols, merely as acts of self-preservation. White people, we have no evidence that people of color are “rushing to judgment” here, and plenty of reason to trust the judgment of people of color when they tell us that something is racist.
Womens Size 9 AAA Salvatore Ferragamo Brown Leather Low Pumps Heels shoes .
Most importantly, no one is asking white people for a ruling on whether or not this is racism. That is not our role here. Our role is to ask ourselves what our level of complicity is in allowing this to happen and what we can actively do to ensure that it never happens again.
Womens Skechers On The Go Joy Bundle Up Suede Winter Faux Fur Ankle Boots UK 3-8