White supremacy; structural and institutionalised racism

White supremacy retains the idea of white people being superior to other races in their attributes and characteristics. This therefore justifies white people ruling other races in pretty much all aspects of life. This form of structural racism shows racism is linked not just to bigotry and prejudice, but a system of power, which has been created by the people in power – white people. Racism is consequently the misuse of power on a systematic and institutionalised level.

Supporting a movement which subsequently silences another in need of representation and protection, fuels white supremacist ideology. This is what so many people’s beloved, “All Lives Matter” campaign is doing. Why can’t people see that this is problematic?

“What about reverse racism?” – it doesn’t exist. Sorry that your dreams of being equally oppressed have been shattered (please re-read the first paragraph if confusion persists).

“What about black on black crime?” – what about, white on black crime though? Why are you diverting from the topic at hand? Why can’t we address this systematic persecution? What has black on black crime got to do with continual racist attacks? 

“I’m tired of being shamed for being white!” – sorry that we do not condone cultural appropriation and how terrible it must be to have your features considered to be the standard of beauty. Sorry that you bring about your own shame through your own sheer ignorance.

“I don’t see colour”, sorry that your vision appears to be impaired. I’m not sure if you realise that your colourblindness does not solve racism, but simply ignores its existence.

“Why isn’t there a white history month?” – oh, did you happen to miss the 11 months which are? 

The desperate need for equality and togetherness is only there when black people gain a platform and greater representation. But when we’re dying as a result of institutionalised racism, suddenly you don’t want to be treated the same anymore. Jane Elliot addressing a room full of white people about racism, is a perfect example. 

Being “woke” is a choice. You have to allow your minds to be retaught. So many people are comfortable basking in their own ignorance. They would rather ignore a problem right before them, than to try and do something about it – irrespective of whether it directly affects them. 

With the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, I have been left completely shaken. These people are not just another hashtag. They are human. They were fathers. The footage of their murders – yes, murder – chillingly displays the abuse of police power. 

We cannot keep talking about the death of a black person at the hands of white police officers (in Castille’s case, the officer was Chinese, which changes nothing as his actions are derivative from the wider structural racism), while we wait for the next hashtag. Something needs to be done NOW. People’s lives are literally being reduced to a hashtag by the hour.

“My equality is not up for debate, it is an implicit truth.” I do not want to have to beg for my own life or protest against being killed. That is ludicrous. If you find yourself fearful or intimidated by movements such as BLM, educate yourself. You’ll soon find such sentiments becoming void. 

Countries like America were built on racism. That is not up for debate either. There is a disproportion in representation within systems and institutions, which predominantly benefits white people – they did build them after all. You only have to look at Pistorius’ recent sentencing to see white privilege laughing in your face – and that case is not even in the West! 

While we must appreciate the progress brought about by the 50’s and 60’s civil rights movement, so much more needs to be done. The inevitable cycle of a black person being killed by police, becoming a hashtag and then forgotten about is tedious. But how do we combat racism in all its depth and detriments (genuine question)?


2 thoughts on “White supremacy; structural and institutionalised racism

  1. This is such a great article Catherine! Sometimes you have to stop and wonder Is this really the world we live in? We know about 5 murders this week because they became hashtags. I wonder how many more were killed.. Utterly Disgusted !!


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