“You’re White, You’re Old, You’re History!” That was one Newsweek writer’s message to the GOP November 10. It’s been a media mantra for weeks. However, anti-racist activist and author Tim Wise says white power is far from over yet – just follow the wealth.
Great insight from the great man himself.
[Speaking of whites] “You’re no longer the prototype, you’re no longer the model for what America looks like is threatening. If you never had to think about your race, identity or experience, you took that for granted. Now they have to think about it. It was once invisible to you and now has become opaque…now people see you. This is where white folks are right now. They’re being named and seeing themselves for the first time at the center of this. People of color have always seen themselves, but whites have always been invisible.
“There are two paths a white person can take at this point: 1) solidarity with people of color, identifying with similarities (jobs, housing, economics)…or 2) when I feel threatened, rather than finding common cause with those who have always been threatened by the system, I’m going to circle the wagons.
“The concern is they may choose the latter and the next 5 or 10 years can be particularly ugly with a deep seated white nationalism [like apartheid in South Africa until they finally let go], and more overt racism than what we’ve seen in the last 4 years. And those are dangerous people…people who have nothing to lose.”
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