Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Guide For White Folks: How to End White Violence Against People of Color

As a white person, I know some of us white folks are worried.  And we should be worried.  White violence against people of color is out of control, and has been, at least in the US, since before the US was a US.  Some people say that we whites just can't help ourselves, that there's something deep down wrong with us and we aren't responsible for our actions.  But I don't like to think that.  I think we can be reasonable, intelligent people. So, in hopes of being a credit to my race, and to helping us white folks do better, I have a guide to help us end white violence against people of color.

1.  If you see a person of color, don't shoot them.

2.  If you see a person of color, even if you think they shouldn't be in your neighborhood, don't shoot them.

3.  If you see a person of color, even if you think they shouldn't walk around with a hoodie, don't shoot them.  (In fact, even if you don't like the fit of their pants, the color of their shoes, or whatever, don't shoot them.)

4.  If you're a police officer, and you see a person of color driving a car, don't pull them over for "driving while Black."  And don't shoot them.

5.  If you see a person of color, don't lynch them.  Also, don't put bombs in their houses or churches, or burn crosses near their yards.

6.  If you see a person of color, don't stalk them.  (You may, if appropriate, politely indicate your interest, introduce yourself, and ask them on a date.  But don't be a jerk about it if they say no.  And don't stalk them.  Don't shoot them, either.)

7.  If you see a person of color, don't send a drone after them with bombs.

8.  If you see a person of color, don't beat them up or harass them.

I think that pretty much covers it.

Some things, I just do not understand.  I am sorrowful today.


  1. Anonymous12:40 PM

    There's also: If you're in a group with people joking about violence against people of color, tell them, "Dude, that's not cool." And, if you hear or know of people planning violence against people of color, contact the police.

    I think we white people have the responsibility to police ourselves as a group as well. "The standard you walk past is the standard you accept."

  2. Anonymous2:15 PM

    As a black mom, I read this and it makes me cry. We in the black community with sons have to have talks with them on how to conduct themselves in public so they won't get shot. No laughing loudly, no walking in groups of three or more, don't put your hands in your pocket when your in a store, always say yes ma'am, no ma'am or yes sir, no sir, always walk at a even pace because you don't want people thinking you stole something because you are walking fast or looking to steal something cause your walking to slow. It goes on and on. But reading this at least makes me feel like it's more than my husband and I that have the well being of my son in mind. Thank you for the post and as much as it made me cry, it makes me hopeful.

    Mom of brown boy,

  3. Thanks for your comment, Thill.

  4. Let me echo my amen.