Back in 2007, when I first signed up for the Hate Crimes and Bias course in an academic classroom in the whitest city in America, it really fucking woke me up. That same night when I started reading required books, it gave me the critical thinking skills that prepared me for the world’s social problems and how to understand hate crimes. It gave me how to demystify the ways how to research better and be a scholar together. It has transformed so much 13 years later.
Last Tuesday’s debate between Joseph Biden and Donald Trump for the most powerful position in the world, a well-respected reporter asked Trump a question that might be the most powerful of all, if Trump would condemn white supremacy. The answer: Unequivocally no. Would Trump condemn Hitler in 1933? Same difference.
He wouldn’t have the balls to condemn white supremacy. Because he was his daddy’s cloth. It was the nail in the coffin. White silence: White violence. The worst part was that Trump was sitting on a throne of his own lies. White supremacy is an enemy.
“PROUD BOYS, STAND DOWN… AND STAND BY”
While Biden was standing there watching in the history making, Trump just made himself as the leader of the white supremacy movement in the United States of America. Biden was smiling because at the very moment right there, he might have won the presidency.
We need to remind ourselves from the book, How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi:
“Anti-White racism ideas are usually a reflexive reaction to White racism.
Anti-White racism is indeed the hate that hate produced, attractive to the victims of White racism. And yet racist power thrives on anti-White racist ideas–more hatred only makes their power greater.”
Can white people be allies to BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, People of Color] to fight against white supremacy? Yes, as long as we need to speak up and fight more. Both are times of political unrest and rapid social change can happen eventually. Yet the threat of white supremacy, fascism is attempting to trigger the cultural divides that are putting a great deal of pressure in the society we live in.
Hate crimes today are so much more serious than we thought in the past; the deep pain was often neglected within the ignorance of the white privilege. What will history say about you? Democracy and humanity are at risk. Could it be a trial run for fascism? Think it is funny?
Again, Trump refuses to condemn white supremacy, that makes him the architect of the fascist dictatorship, and the crisis in the United States of America within the election in many days, millions of people are at risk for a civil war at the expense of Trump’s egoism, and the question of all for us, can we stop the root of fascism?
The answer: Up to you. We need to defend democracy. White supremacy is the enemy, and we can end the criminalization of white supremacy if we take action together!
The last four years, in Trump’s era, hate crimes had been skyrocketing records, people have expressed their outrage at the inhumanity how it has treated immigrants, BIPOC, Deaf, people with disabilities, LGBTQA, and such, we need to show solidarity and humanity during the most action of human crisis in American history, and this is a real struggle withholding our growing pain! Want to know why? Read below.
There are eyes and voices that can save humanity from human destruction at the root of white supremacy. It is in this spirit that we seek from you to be strong as ever as your eyes and voice are and for the sake of America by standing up and dismantling white supremacy. Just like from Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be An Antiracist:
“The Only Way to Undo Racism Is to Consistently Identify and Describe It–And Then Dismantle It.”
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