The economics of racism

I’m used to racist rando’s coming on my facebook page to preach their ignorant self-involved crap, but every once in a while an actual friend does it and I really just can’t even.

The concept that racism is only about choosing to behave like a “racist” is a convenient fallacy. As is the belief that the political issues facing our country don’t rely on racism to exist. In my ‘healing via a smack upside the head’ fashion, the stone cold truth here is that your butthurt over the reality that as a white person your life game setting is set to ‘mega fucking easy’ AT THE EXPENSE OF BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD is inconsequential to me.

Why, Nee, you ask? We’ve drank together, I’ve bought you dinner, we are pals, therefore why, everwhy have you forsaken my injured sensibilities, you ask?


Did you know that the median net worth for a white family in 2010 was $134,000, but the median net worth for a Hispanic family was $14,000, and for a Black family it was $11,000? That the median wealth for a single white woman has been measured at $41,000, while for Hispanic women it was $140, and for Black women, $120? Did you know that? Do you know what that’s called? Systemic Racism, and yes, it’s really a thing.

Did you know that no matter what else is going on in America, year in and year out for the last 60 years, Black unemployment is always about twice as high as white unemployment? And even if you just look at Black college graduates, they’re still almost twice as likely to be unemployed as white college graduates? And if you just apply for a job with a white sounding name, you’re 50% more likely to get a callback than with a Black sounding name?

And if you HAVE noticed that, have you found yourself rationalizing that it’s just because those people are lazy or stupid or somehow inferior to you? Welcome to the exact reason why systemic racism is so insidious — it masks and rationalizes racism to the point that even someone who jumps to obviously racist conclusions like this can actually walk around believing that they’re not racist. Because systemic racism is on your side, every day, ‘proving’ to you and those who nod in agreement with you how white people are just better and more deserving.

What would you call it if lifetimes of legal segregation followed by decades of pervasive racist housing policies still, to this day, disadvantage Black people in almost every aspect of life, because where you live can decide everything from how safe you are, to what food you eat, to the quality of your health care to the quality of your job, to the quality of your children’s education? (Also known as living in a ‘good’ AKA ‘white’ neighborhood, and the gentrification of ‘bad’ neighborhoods being synonymous with making that area more ‘white’.).

Did you know that out of every 100,000 Americans about 700 are incarcerated, but out of every 100,000 Black men over 4,000 are incarcerated? And one of the many effects of that trend is that combined with felony disenfranchisement laws, it means 13% of Black American men are denied their right to vote? (This is called the Prison Industrial Complex which is fed by the school to prison pipeline that targets Black and Brown children for disproportionate punishments for the same petty crimes/insubordination as white people — read about it in the book The New Jim Crow)

Have you ever wondered why, even though undocumented people come to the US from all over the world, the face of undocumented persons is always assumed to be from Central America or South America? And our heavy-handed enforcement policies, that ruin lives and tear families apart every day, are focused almost entirely on the Southern US border, and the Hispanic people of color who cross that border?

Oh, and also, having just COME from Mexico, have you ever wondered why all you ever hear about the place is how supposedly dangerous it is? Two months I spent there, traveling alone for most of it, barely knowing the language, and not once did I feel unsafe. Not in Michoacan, not in Mexico City, never. I felt safer in central Mexico during a fucking tenseass government transition than I do in most places in the US.

Why exactly do you suppose it behooves the media to paint such an ugly picture of places populated by Black and Brown people? Why do you suppose our narrative about Black and Brown populations is that they are insane, blood hungry terrorists who threaten our way of life? Why do you suppose that as an American who has never been to Africa all the imagery I’ve been pumped with is of a dirty, technology bereft wasteland of nearly naked Black people with their junk hanging out?

It’s because of racism you fuckin ninnies — and racism is way bigger than your bruised pride or your identification with having survived your game of life thus far on nightmare mode. Until you at least begin to recognize the fallacy of that shit and how it’s colored your view of the world, I can’t help you.

So, friend, buddy, pal — quit bitching your petulant ignorance to me about your hurtass fucking feelings, and get to waking the fuck up already.

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