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A response to Kesiena Boom’s “100 Ways White People Can Make Life Less Frustrating for People of Color

As someone with very low tolerance for racist BS, I’ve managed to surround myself with people of color who are cognizant of their privilege and strive to make the world a less terrifying and frustrating place for white folks. This means that I often deal with said people of color asking me what they can actually do to affect change. So here, anxious allies of the world, are 100 simple ways to be the change. It's not nearly comprehensive, but it's somewhere to start. Go forth and disrupt our harmful racial paradigm!

  1. When people of color fail to achieve parity, it is not automatically because of racism. Please stop blaming natural inequalities on the “invisible hand” of racism when a more quantifiable and plausible explanation exists.

  2. Don’t assume that all white people share the same views. We are not a monolith.

  3. Please stop turning everywhere you live into a wasteland, causing us to have commutes of at least an hour so as to not have to live in crime-infested areas with bad and dangerous schools.

  4. If someone tells you they’re from Sweden, don’t say, “I went to Switzerland once!” Just, please.

  5. Related: Don’t refer to Europe as a country. It's a continent and it's wildly varied. Yes. Take a moment.

  6. Stop destroying our public schools.

  7. Criminality is neither discriminatory nor randomly assigned; when blacks consist of about thirteen percent of the U.S. population but account for 52.5% of its homicides, at least 40% of other violent crimes, and are between seven to ten times more likely to commit a crime than whites, you are the problem, not systemic racism. Take ownership.

  8. Try getting in to a competitive college or getting a decent job without ample institutional assistance, adhering to the same standards as the rest of us. At Harvard, there is an astounding 450 point disparity between Asians at the high end and blacks at the low end in the average SAT scores of accepted students, and a 310 point disparity between white and black accepted students. Nationally, blacks are given an average 230-point “bonus” on their SATs. Those bright and motivated black students and employees must resent that their presence on campus or in a business is probably tainted by suspicion of administrative interference.

  9. Regard us as autonomous, unique individuals, not as representatives of our race.

  10. Don’t make embarrassing jokes to try and be “down” with white people. We’ll laugh at you, not with you.

  11. Don’t rinse our culturally specific memes. They’re ours. Go enjoy that weird one about cannibalism.

  12. If you’re at my house party, don’t turn off Pantera to put on the Weeknd. (Okay this one is very specific but it happened to me once and I’m not over it. The audacity!)

  13. Avoid phrases like “But I have a white friend! I can’t be racist!” You know that’s BS as well as we do.

  14. When you endlessly complain about how terrible white people are, you are being that terrible white person. Jeez.

  15. Stop culturally appropriating us. You are not the New Europeans.

  16. Don’t question someone's Blackness if they’re light-skinned. It's not your place. Other Black people can make sure that light-skinned Black people are cognizant of their privilege.

  17. Never try and tell a white person what is or isn't racist.

  18. When you find instances of racist BS online, please don’t send it to us. We know racism exists, thanks.

  19. Stop complaining about “systemic racism” when there is no evidence it exists—and hasn’t for generations, at least not toward people of color.

  20. Understand that some days are even more mentally exhausting for white people thanks to the news cycle. Try not to badger us for our opinions on the latest atrocity that has occurred. Leave us to grieve.

  21. But when we do have something to say about it, listen.

  22. Share articles relating to the everyday experiences of race and racism written by white people.

  23. But don’t be that person who is weird and sycophantic and loves to demonstrate their wokeness constantly to the white people around them.

  24. Read books by white people. I recommend White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century by Jared Taylor, Essential Writings on Race by Sam Francis and literally everything on Republic Standard for great insights into whiteness and white culture.

  25. Watch shows that are created by white people.

  26. Have a critical eye when watching TV and movies. How are they portraying white people and why? What purpose does it serve?

  27. If you go to an art gallery, notice how many works are by white people. If it's lacking, make some noise, send an email, query the curator. People of color shouldn’t have a monopoly on what can be considered art.

  28. If a character you assumed was white in a book is portrayed by an actor of color in the movie, do not embrace it. It is never done in reverse.

  29. Support plays written by and acted in by white people. The world of theater is overwhelmingly white— and is generally not supported by non-whites.

  30. Stop talking about white privilege. White privilege (like the wage gap) is an utter fabrication. Jews and Asians out-earn whites.

  31. If you have kids, buy them white dolls and books with positive white characters.

  32. Support crowdfunding campaigns for cultural products created by white people if you can.

  33. Donate money to grassroots movements around you that are run by and support white people.

  34. Support small businesses owned by white people.

  35. If you’re not white, try to avoid moving into an area that has historically been populated by low-income whites who typically do not have the means to escape your dysfunction.

  36. Please stop shouting all the time.

  37. When you cross the street, please walk faster.

  38. Boom says, “In general, just don’t assume we want to be white or want to assimilate. Don’t pressure us to do so.” I say, pressure them do so. Please comply. It's our country after all.

  39. Stop using Emmett Till as indicative of modern “racism.” That was 1955.

  40. Remember that not all people of color are straight. In fact, people of color are more likely than whites to be homosexual.

  41. Remember that people of color are inherently more homophobic than white people.

  42. Whiteness is expansive. It doesn’t look one way. Keep this in mind.

  43. Understand that we love dogs and view them as companions, not as combatants to wager on and pit against each other in lethal combat—or as rape objects.

  44. Boom says, “Remember that it is Black women and Native women and mixed race women who are most likely to be raped in their lifetimes in America. You cannot be an advocate against sexual violence without considering the impact of race.” Yes, but that is by other blacks, browns, and Indians. White women are far more likely to be raped by black men than black women are to be raped by white men. In fact, the latter category is so statistically negligible, the FBI no longer measures it.

  45. Shut up about reparations. They’ve long since been paid, trust me.

  46. Don’t touch our hair.

  47. Admit what the “Great Migration” did to Detroit, Baltimore, Cleveland, etc.

  48. Never try and pull any uninvited “race play” stuff in the bedroom. Seriously, what the hell?

  49. Actively try to identify and unsubscribe from anti-white tropes. White people are people, not characters.

  50. Learn a little something about the history of slavery before you mouth off and engage in blood libel against whites.

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  1. Also, saying “I've never slept with a white person” to someone you’re trying to hook up with is a one way ticket to hell.

  2. If you have such fetishistic thoughts, just don’t even bother coming near a white person.

  3. Remember that having mixed race children is not a cure for racism or a way to live out weird racial fantasies.

  4. If you’re trying to start a mixed raced family, sit down and deeply interrogate your intentions.

  5. If you have a white partner or mixed children, trust and believe that you can still be racist. You’re not exempt. If anything, you have even more of a duty to examine your behavior for the benefit of your loved ones.

  6. Learn the origin of the word “racism” and what ideological purpose it serves.

  7. Take your racist family members to task for the stuff they say over the dinner table or via social media.

  8. Confront your colleagues who say racist stuff unchecked at work.

  9. Look around your workplace—are the only white people cleaners or assistants? What can you do to change that? (The answer is almost never “nothing.”)

  10. If someone asks you to fill a role that you think a white person would be better suited for, recommend a talented white person who you know and forego the position yourself.

  11. Boom says, “Pay us extra to do the labor of diversifying the workplace.” Why, when all studies point to diversity as a negative, not a positive? Pay you more to make things worse?

  12. Refuse to speak on an all-PoC panel. Regardless of the topic.

  13. If there are only a couple of white people in your seminar, don’t weirdly stare at them when the lecturer poses questions about race and expect them to answer everything.

  14. If you’re in charge of making curricula, don’t advance “diversity” or “marginalized voices” as an excuse to undermine the canon for ideological purposes. Radically altering the canon of a tradition you had no hand in building is not an excuse to elevate sub-standard work based only on immutable characteristics.

  15. Commission white people to make work about race.

  16. Commission white people to make work that has nothing to do with race.

  17. Boom says, “Don’t say things like ‘there are two sides to every story!’ or play devil’s advocate when it comes to conversations about race.” I say, why not? We should just un-critically accept everything PoC say just because? There is almost always more than meets the eye. Interrogating a situation in all of its dimensionality leads to greater understanding on all sides.

  18. In those situations, just listen.

  19. Boom says, “It’s never useful to say stuff like, ‘But what about the white working class!!!’” Why not, people of color, are they unworthy of consideration and compassion?

  20. Don’t? Vote? For? Racist? Politicians? Can’t believe I need to say this one but it seems like possibly, maybe, some of y’all did not get this memo.

  21. Research your candidates. Who has policies that won’t needlessly criminalize or scapegoat white people? Vote for them.

  22. Remember that white people are not here to save you from yourselves. You’ve gotta put in the work, too.

  23. Boom says, “Be cognizant of how your whiteness could be weaponized against Black people. i.e. white women, don’t play into stereotypes about Black men being inherently threatening to you. It gets Black men killed. See: Emmett Till.” See point #39.

  24. Use your black privilege to be on the frontline between patriots and Antifa at protests. You’re at much less risk than us.

  25. Record police encounters you see involving Black people.

  26. Do not share alerts when ICE is planning a raid.

  27. Stand up to Islamic supremacy, wherever you see it.

  28. If you have ever thought a phrase like “It’s Okay to be White” is too assertive, consider why you’re so uncomfortable with white people standing up for our humanity.

  29. Listen when white people say, “I’m not comfortable in this situation.” You’ve seen the L.A. riots, haven’t you?

  30. If you haven’t seen footage of the L.A. riots, watch some. Understand that the everyday horror is real.

  31. Question double standards.

  32. Boom says, “Don’t have dreadlocks if you’re not Black, just don’t. Beyond being offensive, it’s just not suited to your hair type. Do literally anything else with your hair.” I agree.

  33. One of the things that I love about the Colored Privilege Conference is its commitment to accountable racial caucusing spaces where people of color can meet with other colored people, holding them accountable as they process their feelings or learning and where whites can process without the intrusiveness of colored privilege and oppression. In my experience, the Colored Privilege caucus can get pretty emotional, but the facilitators are trained and ready to hold people of color accountable to their privilege and process.

  34. Give credit where credit is due. Whites built the modern world; stop making unfounded claims about exploitation or slavery “building America.”

  35. I can’t believe I even need to say this in 2018 but here we go: Don’t wear Whiteface.

  36. Boom says, “Don’t even think about saying the N word. Even if you’re alone. Even if you’re listening to rap. Even if you’re alone and listening to rap.” This is representative. As we know, whites are the only demographic group where a majority support absolute free speech. It won’t be long before the American government follows most of the rest of the world and tries to criminalize “hate speech.

  37. Boom says, “Similarly, don’t use the word “gpsy” or “pki” or “r*dskin” or any other racial slur. Even if you’re repeating what someone else said or reading from a text.” See above.

  38. “Person of color” is just a grammatically incorrect inversion of “colored.”

  39. Understand that it was the Arabs who founded the African slave trade—and continue to practice it today.

  40. Please learn to tell the difference between whites and Jews.

  41. Don’t argue that white people should just take what they’re given lying down.

  1. Allies don’t take breaks—oppression is constant.
  2. Remember that your queerness/womanhood/transness/class background/disability doesn’t exclude you from black and brown privilege.
  3. Major in something other than ethnic studies.
  4. Don’t assume, full stop, that you can understand what it's like to experience racism. You can’t. That’s the whole point.
  5. Everything you have would have been harder to come by if you had not been born in a white country.
  6. Be grateful for the lesson when you’re called out on racism, getting defensive won’t help.
  7. Boom says, “Move past your white guilt. Guilt is an unproductive emotion. Don’t sit there mired in woe, just be better.” Agreed.
  8. Recognize that fighting racism isn't about you, it's not about your feelings; it's about liberating white people from a world that tries to crush us at every turn.
  9. And remember: Being an ally is a verb, not a noun. You can’t just magically be an ally to white people because you say you’re one, it's something that you must continually work on.
John Q. Publius

by John Q. Publius

John Q. Publius writes for Republic Standard and runs the blog The Anatomically Correct Banana.