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How to Protest Without Offending White People
by cosmicrat ·
26-September-2017, 5:21 pm

Though I didn't write the following, I knew I had to share it here.  I have found that there is a degree of equality of opportunity:  one doesn't have to be a member of a minority group to offend "white people".  In fact white people who speak the truth to other white people may be even more offensive than when black or brown people do it.

How to Protest Without Offending White People

Many people were surprised when President Donald Trump suggested that NFL team owners fire players who quietly choose to sit out the national anthem before games, but I was not one of them.

Even though they thought they’d solved the anthem problem by blackballing protest starter Colin Kaepernick, the residual insolence displayed by the players roiled white people to no end because their protest was so disrespectful—not to a 250-year-old cloth logo or a Francis Scott Key bar song. Taking a knee is disrespectful to whiteness. It is not that white people can’t understand Kaepernick’s point of view; it’s that—to them—any other point of view is nonexistent.

For future reference, we have put together this handy-dandy checklist for designing a protest that white people will find inoffensive and respectable.

Don’t Say “White”

I have no idea why, but white people hate it when anyone uses the phrase “white people,” because, for some reason, they consider it a pejorative. When protesting police brutality, education inequality, unfair housing practices or anything else, you must be careful not to “make it all about race”—even if the thing you’re protesting is all about race.

Refer to racism as a “social issue.” Instead of slinging the phrase “white supremacy” around all willy-nilly, you can instead refer to it as “structural inequality.” If your “underprivileged” child has been fenced into a poorly funded educational system, call it an “inner-city school.”

Uttering the words “white people” only serves as a reminder of their historic ties to oppression, which can only be negated by their instinctual regurgitation of the preamble to all white excuses: “Not all white people ... ” Even if you make your protest about a “societal issue” that’s not about race, you still shouldn’t expect them to join in or approve.

They already heard you say “white people.”

Don’t Say “Black”

When protesting, you must not only refrain from lumping Caucasians together, but you must also be careful not to remind them of your blackness. Again, the word conjures the imagery of oppression and makes everything about race.

Plus, it is divisive. Any mention of race is divisive because it overlooks the fact that every color and creed has problems. Some people have to worry about the leader of the free world trying to deport their children, vilifying their religion or referring to their mothers as bitches, while others have to live with the terrible burden of people constantly belittling their chicken seasoning and potato-salad-making.

We all have a struggle.

Be Inclusive

If there is one thing white people outer-city people hate, it’s being left out. If you watch the nation unite in empathy and mourning for the single Caucasian victim of white supremacy, while ignoring the fact that the same supremacists have terrorized people of color for more than a century; when you see Justine Damond’s death change the leadership of an entire police force while streets run red with black blood spilled by acquitted police officers, you still shouldn’t say, “Black lives matter.”

Even if there has never been a nanosecond in the long history of America during which anyone questioned the worth of white lives, you must still include them. You should also be inclusive enough to make up an entirely new category of human being and announce that blue lives matter, too.

Unless you hate cops ...

... and smurfs.

Be Invisible

White people The average American doesn’t mind protest ... as long as he or she can’t see it. You absolutely have the constitutional right to feel a little morose whenever your son, neighbor or fellow citizen is shot, choked, beaten or discriminated against—as long as you don’t obstruct the weekend Caucasian commute to the mall to purchase yoga pants. Why should they have to think about the disproportionate, continual murder of black people when they’re trying to get half-price cargo shorts at the Gap? That’s just un-American.

You can object to inequality as much as you’d like, as long as it isn’t at sporting events. No one wants to think about politics at sporting events. Or at political rallies. Or inaugurations. Or on social media. Or at schools. Or at actual protests.

Everywhere else is fine.

Be Respectful

If you miraculously find a place to protest, find an inoffensive phrase and include people from all groups, you should still be mindful that there is a list of things that white people the overprivileged value more than your life, freedom, equality or happiness. Your civil disobedience must not offend or disparage any of the following: flags that represent America, flags that represent traitors to America, monuments, names of buildings, statues, stained-glass windows, cats, American flags, 150-year-old songs, freedom of speech (but only their freedom of speech, not yours), bathrooms, dogs, the children (not children, but “the children”), the Founding Fathers, first responders, blue lives, religious freedom (Christian only), traffic and troops.

Especially troops. Wypipo love troops. They can watch a cop shoot an unarmed person in the head and see the brain matter splatter on his or her baby in the back seat and feel no empathy, but burst into tears when someone shows them a clip of a dog licking a soldier’s face when he comes home from killing brown people somewhere in the world protecting their freedom.

In fact, if you wrap a puppy in an American flag and put it on top of a pumpkin-spice gift certificate to Starbucks and tell a white woman you’re giving it to a soldier, she will spontaneously orgasm.

Real talk.*

*I don’t actually know what “real talk” means, but I know that—according to Section 3, paragraph 5 of the Uniform Negro Code—affixing “real talk” to the end of a sentence automatically makes it true.

Be Dead

One of the surest ways to engender respect from white people the unmelanated is to die. If you don’t feel like dying and have white-enough teeth, you can alternately outlive their vitriol and wait for them to embrace you.

Muhammad Ali was considered a traitor when he stood up for his rights and refused to fight in Vietnam. Tommie Smith and John Carlos were vilified. Gallup polling recounts Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorability this way:

In 1963, King had a 41 percent positive and a 37 percent negative rating; in 1964, it was 43 percent positive and 39 percent negative; in 1965, his rating was 45 percent positive and 45 percent negative; and in 1966—the last Gallup measure of King using this scalometer procedure—it was 32 percent positive and 63 percent negative.
Five months before the March on Washington, 60 percent of the country had a negative view of the event and 57 percent thought that peaceful sit-ins hurt the civil rights movement. Even a year later, in 1964, 73 percent of Americans believed “Negroes should stop mass demonstrations,” according to Gallup (pdf).

Never Forget that Martin Luther King Jr. was Hated by White America

There has never been a movement for the freedom or equality of people of color that has gained white approval. Not the abolitionist movement. Not the anti-lynching movement. Not the Black Power movement. Not the civil rights struggle.

Looking for respectability and approval from white people will always be as fruitless a task as a chicken’s attempt to convince a fox to respect the boundaries of the henhouse.

In fact, historical, anecdotal and empirical evidence shows that there is only one way to protest without offending white people:


Michael Harriot
Michael Harriot is a staff writer at The Root, host of "The Black One" podcast and editor-in-chief of the daily digital magazine NegusWhoRead.

---cosmicrat  Sept. 26, 2017

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  •  SecretCorners: 

    Brandon gets called a coon and an Uncle Tom.  The real coon is not Brandon but Maxine Waters that cons Blacks into voting for her so she can have a job where she does nothing for the Black community but is able to somehow have a 4.3 million dollar home outside of the district that she is suppose to represent.

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  •  cosmicrat: 

    Deny all you want, the statistics prove beyond a doubt that there is widespread discrimination against minorities.  The studies I mentioned are attempts to learn exactly how that is taking place in employment, and they did.  It was not ABOUT the names.  The bias is not against names, but the color of the person.

    All names are made up at some point.  What is wrong with a distinctive name expressing the culture from which a person came?  It doesn't help to hide race on paper, if getting the job involves being seen, and no one should have to conceal that in the first place.

    Instead of denying what is obviously true, why not be honest and say that you don't give a damn?

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    •  SecretCorners: 

      What is wrong with a distinctive name expressing the culture from which a person came?

      Because Ghetto names; as the Black community calls them, hurts the person (and no, they are not a part of Black culture, they are stupid made up names).  It hurts them not because they are Black but because they have this stupid unpronounceable name that is saying I am from the Ghetto.  It is just like Brandon tried to explain; dress professionally, not with the seat of your trousers split open; which I saw while at the Black university.  Can you seriously say that companies should hire Blacks walking around the office with their trouser seats split open?  Is that a part of Black culture?  I read recently where a Black woman has decided to change the Ghetto name that her mother gave her because it was hurting her career.  Even though she had a degree she was finding it hard to get employed.  She actually got a job after she stopped using her Ghetto name on applications.

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    •  SecretCorners: 

      Of course Dr. Seuss was racist, we have the word of a librarian to prove it.

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    •  SecretCorners: 

      there is widespread discrimination against minorities

      No, there isn't.

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  •  cosmicrat: 

    So, as if to provide a perfect example of what blacks and other minorities are up against, the response is that there couldn't really be a problem, since there are laws against discrimination, and there is affirmative action.  Perhaps you would like to think that.

    Devah Pager, a sociologist at Northwestern University, studied employers’ treatment of job applicants in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by dividing job applicants into four groups. White applicants and black applicants were further grouped into those who presented themselves as having a prior criminal conviction and those who did not present themselves as having a criminal record. (None of the applicants actually had a criminal record of any sort). Except for the differences in race and in criminal record, applicants were given comparable resumes, sent to the same set of employers, and trained to behave similarly in the application process.

    The study focused on the likelihood that an applicant would be called back for a job interview. Not surprisingly, whites without a criminal record were most likely to be invited back (34%) and blacks with a criminal record were the least likely (5%). Perhaps most striking, the study found that only 14% of blacks without a criminal record were called back for an interview—less than the 17% of whites that did have a criminal record.

    Employers' Replies to Racial Names
    "Job applicants with white names needed to send about 10 resumes to get one callback; those with African-American names needed to send around 15 resumes to get one callback."

    Why do so many black Americans face discrimination when they look for work? Is it simply because so many recruiters have a racial bias? Or is something else at play?

    Researchers recently set out to find some answers by sending out thousands of fake resumes for jobs around the country, and they turned up a surprising, and little-noticed, answer.

    In a nutshell: it’s not that recruiters themselves necessarily have a racial bias; instead, they fear some of their customers do.

    Black applicants faced major discrimination when applying for jobs with a customer focus. Researchers looked for jobs with words like “customer,” “sales,” “advisor,” “representative,” “agent,” and “loan officer” in the description. For jobs such as these, the discrimination gap soared. Instead of facing a 2.8 percentage-point gap between callback rates for whites and blacks, they faced a 4.4-point gap.

    For jobs with descriptions that lacked those terms and were instead focused on interaction with coworkers, the level of discrimination collapsed. Descriptions with terms such as “manager,” “administrator,” “coordinator,” “operations,” and so forth, the difference in callback rates was 0.1 to 0.3 percentage points.

    Discrimination in the Job Market in the United States
    Despite significant indications of progress, racial inequality is still pervasive in the U.S. labor market. Compared to whites, African Americans are twice as likely to be unemployed, and earn nearly 25 percent less when they are employed.


        African-Americans comprise only 13% of the U.S. population and 14% of the monthly drug users, but are 37% of the people arrested for drug-related offenses in America.
        Studies show that police are more likely to pull over and frisk blacks or Latinos than whites. In New York City, 80% of the stops made were blacks and Latinos, and 85% of those people were frisked, compared to a mere 8% of white people stopped.

        After being arrested, African-Americans are 33% more likely than whites to be detained while facing a felony trial in New York.

        In 2010, the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that African Americans receive 10% longer sentences than whites through the federal system for the same crimes.
        In 2009 African-Americans are 21% more likely than whites to receive mandatory minimum sentences and 20% more likely to be sentenced to prison than white drug defendants.

        In a 2009 report, 2/3 of the criminals receiving life sentences were non-whites. In New York, it is 83%.
        African Americans make up 57% of the people in state prisons for drug offenses.
        The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics concluded that an African American male born in 2001 has a 32% chance of going to jail in his lifetime, while a Latino male has a 17% chance, and a white male only has a 6% chance.

        In 2012, 51% of Americans expressed anti-black sentiments in a poll; a 3% increase from 2008.
        A survey in 2011 revealed that 52% of non-Hispanic whites expressed anti-Hispanic attitudes.

    About half of Hispanics in the U.S. (52%) say they have experienced discrimination or have been treated unfairly because of their race or ethnicity, according to a newly released Pew Research Center survey on race in America.

     Among Hispanics ages 18 to 29, 65% say they have experienced discrimination or unfair treatment because of their race or ethnicity.

    In addition, Hispanics born in the U.S. (62%) are more likely than immigrants (41%) to say they have experienced discrimination or unfair treatment. There are also differences by race. For example, 56% of nonwhite Hispanics say this has happened at some point in their lives, a higher share than that among white Hispanics (41%).

    Hispanics are significantly less likely than blacks (71%) to say they have experienced discrimination or unfair treatment due to their race or ethnicity at some point in their lives, a gap that extends across most demographic subgroups, including gender and education. However, there is no difference among those ages 18 to 29. Some 65% of blacks in this age group, and an equal share of young Hispanics, say they have experienced discrimination or unfair treatment.

    By contrast, among non-Hispanic whites, only 30% say they have ever experienced discrimination or unfair treatment, a share that’s fairly consistent across different age groups, education levels and other subgroups.

    Racism and discrimination have not gone away.  It may be less than in the past, but it still is more than enough to have a major impact on the lives of millions, both economic and psychological.   If you can't really imagine yourself in  such a situation, having to overcome inescapable disadvantages just to get opportunities others take for granted, and how that would feel, then maybe you can't understand what equality means to those who don't have it. 

    It's worth trying, though, and might make the difference between cooperation and good will and simply ignoring or denying the struggles of others.

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    •  SecretCorners: 

      African-American names

      LOL, what in hell is this suppose to mean?  Are they referring to the made up names that a lot of Black women give to their daughters and some of their sons?  My friend's name; who is Black, is Michael.

      And by the way, African-American is not a race.

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      •  cosmicrat: 

        I'm getting more and more disappointed in you.  Whether or not you care about racial inequality, it is not funny-- not to the people whose lives are affected, and not to researchers and activists who are trying to do something about it.
        Using the most common culturally identifiable names for each group provides an excellent means to distinguish resumes, while eliminating other factors besides race that could affect whether they are viewed positively and responded to.  Using mailed resumes rather than personal appearances allowed the researchers to test with thousands of 'applicants'.

        Of course there are lots of black people with generic names that don't provide indication of race.  That isn't relevant.  Color would be obvious in a personal interview.  The study in Milwaukee used interviews.

        The value of research as it was done is that they get hard data with numbers high enough for accurate statistics.  Collections of anecdotal evidence may be informative, but are subject to unknown extraneous factors.

        Scientifically, there is only ONE race: human beings.  But we have to deal with what is commonly meant by "race", usually identified by skin color and other appearance differences.  Whatever term someone chooses to self-identify their own "race" is valid, as long as the meaning is clear.

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        •  SecretCorners: 

          Blacks refer to these made up names as Ghetto names and yes, it can hurt them in employment but not because the employers are racist.  Even Backs would be hesitant in hiring those with made up names.

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        •  SecretCorners: 

          Let's have a laugh and lighten the mood a bit.  Hey, it is a Black man doing it so it is OK, right?

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        •  SecretCorners: 

          Since everyone can now make up races, my race is North America-American; do you now see how stupid it is to say a race is a continent plus a nation?  I will grant you that races are more or less made up anyway.  Races are based on having common characteristics among a group of people that is passed along through DNA.  It is not just having one trait, such as skin colour but a combination of traits.  Race occurred because of isolation.  Eventually in a modern world where the isolation starts to decrease and more humans have offspring outside of their "race" then these traits start to merge.

          Now here is one thing in the Black community; there are Blacks that look down upon other Blacks they perceive has having White blood; when I went to university the term was "red skinned nigger" and no, it was not a term of endearment.  There are also those that work to have mixed race babies so their children have fairer skin.

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        •  SecretCorners: 

          I am disappointed in you that you are falling for all the talking heads that don't really care about anyone.  They spout out all the crap because they just want to try and get reelected and keep their power.  You should be smart enough to not fall for this.  For one, the only real Africa-Americans in the US are those from Africa and they will have African names.  I know there are markers on resumes because we use different names for men and women; so you will know the person's sex.  Now yes, if I see a made up name on an application, I am going to guess the person is Black because those are the only people I know making up names; just like when I read a news article that does not mention race and I see made up names I know they are Blacks.  And the Black community knows this if you will actually listen and talk to Black people; which I must wonder if you really do.  I do.  If you actually go out and listen to Blacks that are not yelling the stupidity, you will actually learn.  Did you watch the Black men in the videos? 

          Take this news article:

          "Investigators believe the mother, Taneisha Thomas, backed over the 17-month-old girl, Tiannah Sevey, when she was moving her 2004 Mercury Mountaineer outside a party to celebrate her big sister’s 10th birthday at the Pleasant View Acres housing complex in Lewiston"

          It does not take much to know that the woman is Black because those are made up names.Tell me how anyone is going to know my friend is Black when his name is Michael; there are both Blacks and Whites named Michael.  It is only when you get into made up names that you start guessing the person is Black.  This leads me to think the survey is crap science.  I will grant that in other cases, yes, you will know the person's race by their surname but not for Blacks who were born in the US.

          By the way, I think you forgot that I went to a Black University.  I have had candid conversations with Blacks that I doubt you have.  There are big problems facing the Black community but it is not White oppression.  I would go into some of those problems but you will just come back to the old cliche that it is Whitey keeping the Black man down.

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