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For white people, the only representation of humanity that exists, is white

For white people, the only representation of humanity that exists, is white For white people, the only representation of humanity that exists, is white
Source: Roksana Młynarczyk via Artstation
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
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(...) This line of thought demonstrates a real struggle to identify with black humanity in any conceivable way. To them we are an unidentifiable shifting mass, a simplistic, animalistic herd. They [white people] don’t believe that black characters have the capacity to be sophisticated like James Bond, or intelligent like Hermione Granger. But those of us who aren’t white have been subjected to having to identify with the lives of white main characters since film began. Fear of a black planet destroys good fiction, and it demonstrates how racism gets in the way of human empathy. Seeing non-white characters relegated to sidekick or token status has been routine for so long that, for some, attempting to try and relate to black skin in a main character is a completely alien concept. We’ve been positioned as the ‘other’, only taking centre stage to portray subjugation or provide comic relief. White people are so used to seeing a reflection of themselves in all representations of humanity at all times, that they only notice it when it’s taken away from them.

@sattleralexander0 Yes i totally understand your point, but i guess this is what Reni Eddo-Lodge the author felt when she arrived in America - in her own words extracted from her book. That would be an interesting conversation to have with her :)

By lau_theoriq | 04/01/2020

Wow.. are you serious? Is that how people in America think? I also don't feel comfortable with the idea that - providing your thesis is correct - the color of my skin would automatically include or exclude me from "humankind". We are one kind, our roots (from all of us, red ones, yellow ones, black ones, white ones and the whole spectrum in between) are genetically traced back (mitochondrial eve) over about 150,000 years to a small population that probably lived in Africa. We need the same food, we use languages to communicate our thoughts, we build families, and beside these little differences in color of skin, eyes, etc. we are still compatible and can make children ( Lions and Tigers are also still compatible, funfact.. I have 5 cats in different colors). And the differences in physis, that we see are very little. Color.. we just adapt to our environment over the millenias, that's just little regional differences, like speaking different slangs. But there is no doubt, that we are one race (with some different tribes) with the same ancestors.

What you wrote, about a white and a black mankind and the mindset around it.. shocked me a bit. Are you from America? Thank God, I never have been there.

We all still have a long way to go, I think.

Please, you cannot say that "all white people" think that only they belong to humanity. That's very insulting. Because "all white" would also include myself, and I don't even know people in my circles here, who would think like that. Like you are a human, we are humans too. regionally adapted 🙂, slightly different, but same team.

Best wishes.

By sattleralexander0 | 03/01/2020

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